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Research Dissemination & Impact

Make your work more discoverable and learn how to track your research impact.

Available Classes

This 60 minute course will provide information on the most common research impact evaluation metrics. There will also be discussion around impact metrics in action, the responsible use of impact metrics, and examples on how to include impact metrics in descriptive statements.  Impact metrics discussed in this class can be found on our online research impact Metrics Guide.


Perhaps you’ve heard of alternative metrics. Perhaps you haven’t. But one thing is certain—alternative metrics are generating buzz in the scientific community, and that buzz seems to be getting louder. Commonly called altmetrics, alternative metrics are a relatively new and rapidly-growing set of metrics intended to analyze scholarly output online. This class will introduce you to altmetrics, as well as address common questions about traditional bibliometrics that have long played a role in promotion and tenure, including h-index, impact factor, and citation counts.

Come learn how altmetrics can help you track your research on the social web through media coverage, citations in policy documents, Twitter mentions, and more!

In this class meant for researchers at all career stages, we will cover choosing appropriate scholarly journals for submitting your research for publication. We will consider the current publishing landscape and explore tools for evaluating journals and best practices at all stages of the publication process. 

Want to make your research more discoverable? Wonder how to discuss your research impact? Join us for this practical class in learning how to enhance your research impact. The class briefly covers the concept of research impact, including definitions and a discussion on why considering your own research impact is important, and is offered to faculty, students, and staff.

In this course, we will guide you through the process of utilizing SciENcv to craft a comprehensive NSF Biographical Sketch and complete the Current and Pending (Other) Support form. SciENcv, an integrated tool within My NCBI, empowers you to construct professional profiles that can be publicly shared with others. The NSF mandates a biographical sketch and a Current and Pending (Other) Support form for all individuals designated as senior personnel.

This class provides an overview of the NIH biosketch format and demonstrates tools, such as the SciENcv tool and MyBibliography from the NIH MyNCBI. We also cover the use of citation and alternative metrics to describe the impact of your work as contributions to science.

This class is an introduction to Northwestern Elements, a web-based warehouse of information about the scholarly outputs of Northwestern Medicine.

Note: This class is available only to select administrative support staff who need to use Elements as part of their job duties. All attendees need a Northwestern NetID and password for this class. For assistance with the Northwestern NetID, please see: NetID Services

At the completion of this class, the participant will:

  • Become familiar with Northwestern Elements
  • Know how to log in and navigate the home page
  • Learn how to impersonate another user and manage publications
  • Understand the importance of optimizing search settings and automatic claiming

In today's digital world, having a strong online presence as a researcher is incredibly important for getting your scholarly work noticed. This class explores the significance of ORCID – Open Researcher and Contributor ID – and its role in enhancing your visibility, credibility, and accessibility within the academic community. Through hands-on demonstrations, attendees will learn how to effortlessly link their ORCID to institutional systems and trusted organizations, ensuring a unified and comprehensive representation of their scholarly achievements.

This class introduces participants to best practices for creating visualizations and illustrations that effectively communicate research ideas and data stories to a variety of audience types. We will discuss reasons to visualize data, chart types, use cases, tools & resources, accessible design, and ethical practices.

Upon completion of this one-hour workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of data visualizations in the research process
  • ​Recognize the different types of charts available​ for various types of data
  • Learn about tools and resources for creating data visualizations
  • Identify best practices in data visualization and see some examples where it makes sense to break the rules

This class provides an overview of Prism, Feinberg School of Medicine’s open access repository, and provides hands-on instructions to individuals interested in curating their scientific and scholarly work. With Prism, you can preserve, share, cite, discover, explore, and access your research or scholarly outputs. Prism facilitates openness, maximizes reproducibility, and enhances research connections in our community and beyond. Future plans for Prism will be described.