Rounding Up — NUS Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Events (Semester 2, Academic Year 2014/2015)

NUS Libraries supports Green Open Access, one of the two common open access options through which researchers can freely share their scholarly work. Last year, we wrote about open access and introduced our institutional repository ScholarBank@NUS in celebration of the seventh international Open Access Week.

As part of the Library’s continuous efforts to encourage knowledge sharing and open access, our Scholarly Communication team regularly organizes academic publishing talks to support the University in its research initiatives. Here is a summary of the events that have taken place in Semester 2.


  1. Publishing in peer-reviewed journals (5 January 2015)

Professor Philip H. Phan, Vice-Dean of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and NUS Visiting Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Professor Phan introduced the fundamentals of writing quality research papers and shared the dos and don’ts of getting published in peer-reviewed journals. His talk included topics such as:

  • Positioning the research question
  • Preparing the manuscript for initial review
  • Using proper language in writing the manuscript
  • Knowing the basic ethics in publishing
  • Conducting a review
  • Getting your research paper noticed



  1. Workshop on writing and presenting quality conference papers (16 February 2015)

NUS Visiting Associate Professor Joseph Kasser

This is the first full-day writing workshop organized by the Library. Professor Kasser demonstrated the step-by-step process of writing a good conference paper and presenting it effectively at symposiums. Participants in this workshop were actively involved in the various hands-on exercises, including forming their own teams in discussions, and coming up with their own presentations during the event. Professor Kasser even shared real-life examples of good and bad writing in conference papers, as well as his own experiences and tips in producing quality papers for reading and presentation at the symposiums.



  1. An inside guide to publishing in academic journals (10 March 2015)

Dr. José Oliveira, Editor-in-Chief of Wiley Publishing



[Dr. José Oliveira giving the audience an insider’s guide of the different roles in academic publishing]

This was an event that presented the academic publishing process from the publisher’s perspective. Dr. Oliveira provided an insight into the academic publishing industry, including the different roles of the editorial and production structure, the peer review and technical workflows, what editors look for in manuscripts, and how to get your paper accepted by editors. He also shared tips on what to do with reviewer comments and how to find the right journal to publish your papers in.



  1. Research data management using figshare and Altmetric (13 April 2015)

Dr. Daniel Hook, Director of Research Metrics for Digital Science


[Dr. Daniel Hook sharing with the audience the benefits of using figshare and Altmetric to enhance their research output]


In this talk, Dr. Hook introduced the audience to figshare and Altmetric, and the benefits of using these two tools to share their academic works. For example:

  • As a digital repository, figshare allows researchers to quickly upload and share their research output in any format, including datasets, images, audio and videos freely online. They are also credited for all forms of their research, including the unpublished portions.
  • As a tracking and impact analysis service of scholarly articles on social media, Altmetric measures the impact of individual articles, including the use of citation data, as well as the quality and quantity of scholarly articles based on three main factors: the number of online mentions, who has mentioned them, and where those mentions took place, thereby showing how much an article is personally impactful on the readers.


NUS Libraries organizes such talks to help the NUS community in its research endeavors, so do keep a lookout in your emails, our library portal or our social media channels for more of such events!

Raven Sim

NUSL Scholarly Communication Promotion & Publishing Advisory

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