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Using Researcher Networks
The Research Repositories, Networks and Social Media tools listed below will help you to get your research 'out there'.
Digital repositories are a way to showcase, preserve, disseminate and make scholarly works, and their data, freely accessible online.
They are useful in helping researchers comply with funder mandates on the accessibility of research data.
Repositories are usually maintained by discipline, agency or institution, e.g.
- arXiv (physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computer science, quantitative biology)
- grant funding agencies create and maintain their own repositories to preserve and disseminate the research they support
OUR Archive (Otago University Research Archive) - our Institutional Repository and gateway to deposit, collect, manage and share research outputs from University of Otago staff and postgraduate students, e.g. Article pre-prints and manuscripts, technical reports, conference proceedings, posters, data sets, creative work, software, theses and dissertations.
Institutional Repositories compliment traditional research publishing models. They also offer a range of benefits:
- Safe storage: your research is stored in a secure and stable environment
- Accessibility: access to your research can be managed and measured
- Greater discovery / exposure: your research will be more visible to a wider audience because it can be found by Google and Google Scholar
- Tracking use: IRs track how often your research is viewed and downloaded (useful for funding and job applications or promotion)
Depositing Your Thesis - video tutorial
Deposit your Thesis
Learn more about depositing your research in OUR Archive (pdf guide)
Benefits of OUR Archive - interview with Dr Janet Stephenson, CSAFE Director
OUR Archive usage statistics indicate how many people have viewed your work and where they have viewed it from.
Check out the latest research that has been added to OUR Archive:
Researcher Network Places and Tools
Research networks or communities differ from repositories, with their research outputs, by including connections and collaborations, like personal profiles, links to organisations, upcoming conferences and blog sites.
Ensure that you own the copyright of your article, or that you have permission from your publisher before sharing articles through your research networks.
A publication-sharing platform for academics in all disciplines (currently 16 million). Researchers can create collections of publications and get statistics on their views and use. Described unofficially as 'Facebook for academics', you can connect with and follow the work of other researchers.
A free reference manager and an academic social network. Manage your research, showcase your work, connect and collaborate with over five million researchers worldwide.
A free tool built by scientists, for scientists, with over 5 million members. Build a profile linked to your publications, data, or other outputs; get statistics on views and use, and find collaborators.
SSRN (Social Science Research Network)
For rapid, worldwide, dissemination of social science research, and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.
Samuel White: Social Media Adviser - is responsible for facilitating the use of social media university-wide, and enhancing the University’s outputs and interactions online. For more information see the Social Media advice webpage
University of Otago Social Media Guidelines - These guidelines cover the setting up and use of social media accounts by staff in the course of their employment.
Twitter is a form of free micro-blogging which allows users to send and receive short public messages called tweets. Tweets are limited to no more than 140 characters, and can include links to blogs, web pages, images, videos and all other material online.
LinkedIn is a social and professional networking website designed for business professionals. It allows you to share work-related information with other users and keep an online list of professional contacts. LinkedIn allows you to create a custom profile.
LinkedIn Groups enables researchers to share their outputs & data, find answers, seek collaborators, post and view jobs, and establish themselves as experts.
A social networking site. After registering to use the site, users can create a user profile, add other users as "friends", exchange messages, post status updates and photos, share videos, use various applications (apps), and receive notifications when others update their profiles. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups organized by workplace, school, or other topics, and categorise their friends into lists such as "People From Work" or "Close Friends".