Welcome to Week 8! We’re almost at the end of the programme and this week’s theme is Pulling It All Together.

For Thing 21, we will be looking at managing both your own citations for your research as well as other people’s citations of your own work. First up, we’re looking at managing all those citations of useful resources with one handy tool: Zotero.

Check out our video on Zotero to find out why using a bibliographic management tool can save you time, stress, and a whole lot of effort.

Video transcript

But what about managing citations of your own work and making sure you get credited appropriately? Well registering for an ORCID is an excellent first step. ORCID (or Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an alphanumeric code that is unique to you so you don’t have to worry about someone with a similar name to you getting all the credit for your hard work, and vice versa. More and more publishers and funders are requesting authors to have ORCID credentials so sign up for one now to start taking control of your research outputs.

Want to learn more about how ORCID works? Here’s an official ORCID video to get you up to speed.

Going further…

Once you’ve published a piece of research, how do you track the impact of your work through its citations? Well Google Scholar is a great place to start. We’ve put together a handout on how to set up Google Scholar to track your successes.

Thing 21 activities

Experiment with adding different resource types to Zotero

Set up your ORCID and complete your profile page

Write a blogpost reflecting on what we have covered in Thing 21. Will you find Zotero useful and can you see the benefit of the ORCID identifier system?

Thing 21 learning outcomes

You should understand bibliographic support tools such as Zotero

You should understand ORCID and its benefits

You should have had the opportunity to explore citation impact tools

You should have reflected on Thing 21 through blogging

Image: Miroslav Vajdic