Article visibility and open access : Making TB Mobile visible

Always it seems as scientists we are playing a fine line between being either “under the radar” presence and not over hyping our work and then also needing to be visible to collaborate, get grants and build our social reputation. A recent set of slides by Antony Williams highlights the importance of having an “online profile”.

I was reminded of this today as a little over a year ago we had a paper on TB Mobile published in Journal of Cheminformatics. I looked today and logged in at chemistry central and found that the paper had 4485 views and an altmetric score of 23. I am not sure really how useful this is, but maybe would have an idea of downloads. Highly accessed is one thing but what about downloads?

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I dug deeper and saw that yes I had blogged about this paper and cited it. Nothing new there,

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and dug deeper until I found how the paper compared to others in the journal. It came 13th overall in the journal and 2nd based on date. I think this is good. It would also be interesting if the ACS is going to do anything like this (or already has but I missed it).








In comparison to other open access journals how does it rate? Well F1000Research provides the number of downloads and accesses and social media shares. PLOS provides probably the most exhaustive metrics on articles I have seen with views, saves, downloads, cites etc.. what about the non open access journals? Are they under pressure to provide such high level metrics beyond most accessed or cited information? Probably not, but then do they really care. As authors we should care about how visible and how often our papers are downloaded. Funding agencies should care, our companies and institutions should care because, downloads and views equals visibility and publicity.

So back to the paper, it describes a free mobile app funded by an NIH grant to CDD, so views of the paper should translate to more people using it and if the reverse is also true, perhaps creating a virtuous circle. Ultimately driving more visibility of mobile apps for science and tuberculosis research was the aim. $1960 well spent in my humble opinion (or 50 cents a view).

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