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NISO Virtual Conference, Is This Still Working? Incentives to Publish, Metrics, and New Reward Systems

The primary selling point of metrics for the academic researcher was the promise that the proof provided by such metrics of the value of one’s work would be the increased and long-term funding needed to do such work. Prestige, tenure, influence, even celebrity -- these have been stepping stones to securing significant (and much-needed) grants to educational institutions of all sizes and types. But have these incentives been subverted over time or in specific ways? Is the drive to publish-or-perish the best mechanism for encouraging substantive study? The integrity of the publishing process and perhaps the integrity of the funding model for higher education itself is at stake. This session will look at some of the troubling questions surrounding the incentives offered to the working scholar, researcher, and scientist. Presenters in this virtual conference will consider the following questions: · How might institutions and research facilities best weld available indicators of use or influence into a meaningful metric? · If individual scholarship is best gauged by the value assigned to it by the larger community, then what collection of metrics should be gathered for purposes of determining appropriate rewards in the context of academia? · How might institutions better address this challenge and reward faculty appropriately?
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NISO Virtual Conferences

These half-day events cover a range of important and timely topics in more depth than our monthly webinars. With expert speakers from across the information community, they include a mix of formats — keynotes, case studies, perspectives, and vision interviews. Recordings are shared immediately with registered participants, and made openly available after two years.
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Christine Casey

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Christine G. Casey, MD, Editor, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Serials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,, 404-498-6621 Dr. Casey joined MMWR as its inaugural Deputy Editor in 2009. She is active in the Council of Science Editors (CSE) serving as the co-Director of the CSE Short Course for Journal Editors and leading CSE Short Courses on the Road. She is the past co-chair of Program Committee of the CSE 2014 Annual Meeting, and served on the Board of Directors (2015-2018). Dr. Casey received her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed her residency training at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. She is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Casey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and psychology from American University, Washington, D.C., and began her scientific career at the National Institutes of Health and the California Institute of Technology.
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Dave Kochalko

Co-Founder, Artifacts

Dave Kochalko, Co-Founder of ARTiFACTS, has 30 years of experience in the STM industry leading startups, multinational businesses and non-profit organizations. Upon joining Eugene Garfield at the Institute for Scientific Information in the early ‘90s and throughout his tenure with Thomson Reuters, Dave led the development and growth of world-class scientific academic research and publishing solutions including Derwent, EndNote, InCites, ScholarOne, and the Web of Science, among others. Dave is a Co-Founder of ORCID and has served as consulting advisor and board member for industry and academic institutions. Dave is an alumnus of the University of Michigan.
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Holly Falk-Krzesinski

Vice President, Research Intelligence, Elsevier

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD is the Vice President, Research Intelligence on the Global Strategic Networks team at Elsevier, an information analytics company. Her key role is building and maintaining long term relationships with research institutions and funding bodies, giving voice to research leaders at those organizations within Elsevier to help the business deliver the most impactful solutions to support research globally. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski also focuses on how open science is advancing, in particular, how institutions are addressing issues of recognition and reward for research data sharing throughout the research life cycle. Prior to joining Elsevier, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski was a faculty member and administrator at Northwestern University. Notably, she launched the central Office of Research Development and examined the use of various tools to support intra- and inter-institutional scientific collaboration and demonstrate the impact of the university’s research programs. She also investigated how universities are changing structures to reward engagement in interdisciplinary research and team science.
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Jonathan Adams

Director of the Institute for Scientific Information, Clarivate Analytics

Jonathan Adams is Director of the Institute for Scientific Information, a part of Clarivate Analytics. He is also a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, Policy Institute, and was awarded an Honorary D.Sc. in 2017 by the University of Exeter, for his work in higher education and research policy. Professor Adams was the lead founder of Evidence Ltd, Director of Research Evaluation for Thomson Reuters, and Chief Scientist at Digital Science & Research Ltd. He has carried out research evaluation for agencies and institutions in the UK, elsewhere in Europe, Brazil, Australia, China and India. Jonathan led the New Zealand government's 2008 review of research evaluation and was a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) indicators development groups for Excellence in Research for Australia (2009) and impact and engagement (2016). In 2004 he chaired the European Commission Monitoring Committee for the Evaluation of Framework Programme 6 (FP6); and, in 2006, he chaired the Monitoring Group of the European Research Fund for Coal & Steel. He has worked at King's College London (1979-1980), University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1980-1983), University of Leeds (1983-1989) and Imperial College London (1989-1992), was a member of the science policy staff of the UK Advisory Board for the Research Councils (1989-1992) and Leeds University's Director of Research Strategy (1993-1997).
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Mike Taylor

Head of Metrics Development, Digital Science

Mike Taylor is Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science. He’s new to the company, having spent many years working in Elsevier's Research & Development group and in the Metrics and Analytics Team. Mike works with many community groups, including FORCE11, RDA and NISO, and is well known in the scholarly metrics community. He’s also notorious amongst the Oxford theatrical scene as an actor, producer and director with ElevenOne Theatre. In his spare time he provides the entertainment for many a hen night with the Murder Mystery company, Smoke and Mirrors. Mike is studying for a PhD in alternative metrics at the University of Wolverhampton.
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Nicky Agate

Assistant Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects, Columbia University

Nicky Agate is the assistant director of scholarly communication and digital projects at Columbia University, where she works alongside a talented team of scholars, thinkers, and doers in the libraries. Before that, she was head of digital initiatives at the MLA, responsible for Humanities Commons, MLA Commons, and CORE. Agate is a member of the HuMetricsHSS team, which is seeking to establish a framework for values-based assessment and evaluation in the humanities and social sciences; a founding editor of The Idealis, an overlay journal that promotes quality open-access scholarship about scholarly communications issues; and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.