Tools for scholarly communication – how much do you know?

Which tools do you use to support your research workflow?  Are you aware of all the tools that are available?

Utrecht University have put together a list of over 400 tools used by researchers in the course of their research activity and have launched a survey to find out which of these are most commonly used by researchers worldwide.

The Innovations in Scholarly Communication survey takes about 8-12 minutes to complete and will introduce you to a host of tools that you may find useful.  The survey can be completed anonymously or you can put in your email address to receive a visual representation of your workflow compared to that of your peer group.

innovations in scholarly communicationsThe survey is running worldwide until February 10th.  The University of Northampton is joining about 70 other universities in gathering data independently from our own researchers so we can get an understanding of the tools that colleagues here find particularly useful (although Utrecht will combine our the results with the global set for the purpose of their analysis).  The links given above will take you to the Northampton version of the survey.

The anonymised global data will be made publicly available by Utrecht University (they have promised that no information will be traceable to individual respondents or institutions).  The Northampton data will be stored securely on TUNDRA2 and used by research support colleagues to inform the services we provide for researchers.  I will also summarise the Northampton results on the Research Support Hub so you’ll be able to see the most popular tools and resources here.

For further information, including updates of the global results so far, visit the project website at or for some more background to the survey from its creators see 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools.

Image credit: 101 innovations in scholarly communication CC BY-SA


Posted on January 19, 2016, in Library and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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