BIOTECH researchers learn ways to increase research impact

Learnings from a collaboration by the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH) Library and the University Library is surely going to create more impact in the scientific community.

At the seminar that the two units co-organized, entitled “Measuring and increasing your research impact: a library user education and engagement program for BIOTECH researchers and staff,” the participants from the institute learned strategies to increase the citation of their scientific articles and identified the tools to measure the impact of their research.

Held on Sept. 23 at the BIOTECH Seminar Room, the learning event featured talks from Elsevier’s Pio Omana and Cristy Pineda, and UPLB Main Library’s Learning Commons Head Pius Murillo.

Omana discussed the available tools that could help promote one’s article. He presented ways to read and write well, share publication, track author profile and readership, use bibliometrics and altmetrics analysis, and join international groups for collaboration.

For her part, Pineda talked about research references in support of BIOTECH’s cross-disciplinary research.

Both speakers showcased how Elsevier’s Researcher tools and ScienceDirect incorporate innovative technologies, which help evolve information discovery for the benefit of researchers.

Murillo introduced to the participants the OpenAthens, a single sign-on solution that makes searching and downloading scientific literature and scholarly references from the University Library’s e-resources more convenient.

The University Library has recently made OpenAthens available to its users.

In his welcome remarks, Dr. Mannix S. Pedro, program leader of Biotechnology for Agriculture and Forestry Program, acknowledged the role of library access and knowledge to research.

Present during the event were Dr. Francisco B. Elegado and Dr. Jeffrey P. Tamayo, program leaders of Biotechnology for Industry, Energy, and Environment, and Technical Services Programs, respectively; Dr. Hiyasmin Rose Benzon, president of the Organization of Researchers at BIOTECH (ORB); and Concepcion DL. Saul, university librarian. (Meichelle Ann Jenine S. Rivas)