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Legal Education and Research for Law Academics: Research impact and publishing

Resources to help law academics stay up-to-date with best practices and changes in legal education and research impact and publishing.

SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network)

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is an open access online repository devoted to the rapid dissemination of social science research. The Legal Research Network (LSN) is part of SSRN. 

Data and publishing repositories - Figshare

A large number of repositories are available for promoting and sharing open data and research files, including:

  • Monash Figshare
    Share research outputs including figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets. Data is stored on Monash servers.

fighare-monash

or further examples and information see: www.monash.edu/library/researchdata/guidelines/sharing

Other Research Repositories and Networks

Books

rethinking legal scholarship coverRethinking legal scholarship : a transatlantic dialogue
Rob van Gestel editor.; Hans-W. Micklitz editor.; Edward L. Rubin 1948- editor.
Cambridge University Press, 2017

"Should legal scholarship aspire to the status of a science and gradually adopt more and more of the methods, (quality) standards, and practices of other (social) sciences? What sort of methods do we need to study law in its social context and how should legal scholarship deal with the challenges posed by globalization?" 

Endnote

EndNote software logo

EndNote is a database tool that helps you keep track of your research. It:

  • stores bibliographic details of the material that you have read for your research, plus some full-text journal articles
  • imports details of material that you have found in some legal databases, such as LegalTrac and AGIS Plus
  • automatically creates citations, references and bibliographies in your required style
  • integrates with common word processor and file formats eg RTF, HTML, etc

See the EndNote Library guide to obtain and use EndNote. The latest version is available for download from the Obtain EndNote tab for Monash staff and students.

See the instructions and files required when using the AGLC style in the Referencing styles and Word tab. 

Contact Kay Tucker or Caroline Knaggs for any Law EndNote queries.

Research impact and publishing

impact

The impact and influence of scholarly publications such as journal articles and books can be measured in a variety of ways. Metrics, such as the number of citations, can be used in grant and job applications to demonstrate the impact of your publications and research.

The Library's Research Impact and Publishing guide provides an overview of commonly used metrics, and advice for developing a publishing strategy:

  • Article Impact What metrics measure the impact of an individual article?
  • Journal Quality and Impact  How do I identify the best journals to publish in? How can I compare journals and their impact?
  • Book Impact What metrics measure the impact of a book?
  • Researcher Impact How can I use metrics to highlight my impact?
  • Researcher Profiles  What tools are available for promoting my research and publications?
  • Publishing  What should I consider when developing a publishing strategy?
  • Open Access What it is, what versions can be made openly available and what policies exist?
  • Open data What is it and what are the benefits? Where can I make open data available? What licence could be applied? How do you cite open data?

Monash University has subscribed to SciVal, a powerful tool which enables you to:

  • visualise research performance
  • benchmark relative to peers
  • develop collaborative partnerships
  • analyze research trends

For more information: https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/scival

Citation tracking for Monash Law authors

Use the Citation tracking for Monash Law authors library guide to help you track and measure the use and research impact of your work.

  • Use Google Scholar to set up a profile and track citations to your publications.
  • Scopus is used Monash University for citation impact. Although of more use in Science, check your Author status and affiliation in Scopus and set up an alert to be notified of new citations to your work.
  • See advice on how to check ebooks, journals, cases, law reform, and social media for citations.

Law journal rankings

Set up a researcher profile

Researcher profiles (or researcher portals) can maximise your research impact by:

  • increasing the visibility and accessibility of your research output
  • ensuring work is correctly attributed to you
  • generating citation metrics which indicate the reach of your work

They provide institutions with a means to more accurately measure performance, and can assist in identifying potential collaborators and opportunities for research funding.

The main profiling tools are:

Further reading: Heller L (2015) What will the Scholarly profile page of the future look like? Provision of metadata is enabling experimentation.

Scholarly publishing journals

The Conversation

New Law topic articles in The Conversation

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Social media and Altmetrics

Altmetrics (or Alternative metrics) are part of a wider conversation around the use of measure taltmetrico try and capture the potential impact of research within academia and beyond, including bibliometrics and other indicators such as teaching activities, changes to curriculum, awards etc.

For an overview read this Library Blog post, Understanding Altmetrics

Find out more on the Altmetrics Library guide. 

Journal articles

LSE Impact of Social Sciences

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