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Video Tip of the Week: handy way to make citations quickly

google_scholarThis is not a typical tip–where we explore the features and details of bioinformatics tools. But it’s one of those handy little features that may make your life easier. It’s made mine better lately.

I had been using the ScienceSeeker citation generator system for creating citations that would then aggregate to either ScienceSeeker or ResearchBlogging. But ScienceSeeker’s model recently changed. And ResearchBlogging’s support and stability is…well, uneven. But I still would like my posts tagged with appropriate citations and DOIs so they can be found later with other tools and searches.

The helpful folks at ScienceSeeker offered this alternative strategy for quickly grabbing a citation. I’ve already used it a few times now. And I thought other science bloggers might also find this handy. Or anyone wanting a quick formatted cite. And then to just tag it with the DOI is simple. (But boy, I wish they had a version that had DOIs. Maybe I should ask for that.)

I’ve been using Google Scholar a lot lately because the collection is getting better as the paper below notes, and it is becoming a bit more refined with less nonsense items pulled in. mr_happy In the past I was really upset to see detritus like “Mr. Happy’s Health News” in there. But I looked recently and Mr. Happy was gone. There were also some really terrible activist “reports” on biotechnology loaded with unsourced and incorrect information. I’ve seen less of that too, but I haven’t looked specifically for those of late.

But there have been many times I’ve been able to locate a PDF over there that has come in very handy. Yet I had never tried to use that software feature before to create the links. I’m glad it’s available. I just wish there was a version for blog posts with the links done up right. I checked with the Altmetric support pages to see what I need to have in the structure to be sure it gets counted, and here’s the suggested syntax: How do I ensure that my blog posts are picked up by Altmetric?

2. Always include links to the papers that you reference
If you blog a lot about research, the best way to make sure that your posts get picked up by Altmetric is to include a direct link to a scholarly article.

You can include a link to the journal in a variety of different formats, which include but are not limited to:

You can also link to datasets or objects that are hosted on figshare or Dryad Digital Repository, and these mentions will also be picked up by Altmetric. You can link to these objects using a link the DOI URLs, e.g., http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1167458.

I know it’s not that hard to add a DOI URL. But it is an extra step I didn’t have to do with the sciblogging citation generators. However, I can’t see an obvious place to offer suggestions or contact the developers. If anyone knows how to reach that team, let me know.

Quick link:

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/

Reference:

Harzing, A. (2013). A longitudinal study of Google Scholar coverage between 2012 and 2013 Scientometrics, 98 (1), 565-575 DOI: 10.1007/s11192-013-0975-y