Snippets of Wisdom



Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

John Tuckwell (Senior Adviser (Research, Innovation and Education), Delegation of European Union to Australia) is visiting Flinders University on 2 June 2015.

He will make a presentation about the opportunities under Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ and RAD Network members are welcome to attend.

Where - SILC Combined Project Room (7 – 9)

When - 2 June 2015

Time - 2:00 to 3:00 pm

This presentation will also be advertised to research staff through the Grants Bulletin but if you are aware of a researcher with a particular interest in Horizon 2020 please pass this invitation on.

Please do not hesitate to contact Gareth Rees should you have any queries about this event.

RSVP to by COB Friday May 28th


Exchange program opportunity to undertake research in China - 2015 Visiting Fellowship to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Know of someone interested in conducting social science research in China? 

Then you may like to forward this information onto them.  Find out more below, read over the guidelines and complete the application form.

Contact Mary Lyons if you have any further questions about this opportunity.


Citations: how to look them up, benchmark them, and increase your citation count.

The Faculty of Social Behavioural Sciences upcoming ‘Lunchtime Snapshot’ is a short workshop, between 1-2pm, about Citations: how to look them up, benchmark them, and increase your citation count.

Feel free to bring along your lunch.  Space is limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, 25 March.

Citations workshop - flyer (PDF 81KB)


Science Pathways Conference

The Australian Academy of Science Early- & Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Forum, are hosting the Science Pathways Conference 23 -24 April at University of Adelaide. 

The theme is around Science Communication and the conference is open to Early-Career and Mid-Career researchers.

Delegates will meet EMCRs from across Australia and hear some nationally recognised speakers in the area of science communication.

Please see the  Science Pathways flyer (PDF 332KB) for more details and feel free to forward to colleagues.


Snippets of wisdom

This section will be devoted to little snippets of interesting info and may develop into a newsletter.


A brief review of the ARMS Publications Analysis Workshop, 23-24 June 2015, Waite Campus

This workshop ran across two days and promised ‘to take attendees from minimal or no knowledge to having hands on experience of publications and citation analysis. The first day is the introduction and theory, the second day is hands-on practice in a computer lab’.

As a participant of ‘minimal knowledge’, I found it very enlightening.  Surprisingly, the first day – which certainly had the potential to be a long haul with a lot of sitting and listening to introduction and theory – was really engaging.  Adam demystified the topic with clear information and delivered an interactive session where participants were encouraged to share knowledge and experience.  The second day was an opportunity to gets hands on the software, and the practical session using the various programs reinforced the theoretical concepts of the previous day.  (With Flinders recently subscribing to InCites, this session was particularly timely with InCites included amongst the programs demonstrated.)  Skill levels of participants and the way they apply bibliometrics in their roles clearly varied, and added an extra level of interest and information to the workshops.

A copy of all of the PowerPoint slides are available here courtesy of Adam Finch, Analyst at CSIRO and presenter of this workshop.

1 - Introduction to Publications Analysis (PDF 102KB)

2 - Data Sources (PDF 93KB)

3 - Bibliometric Tools (PDF 2MB)

4 - Metrics (PDF 126KB)

5 - Research Assessment Exercises (PDF 147KB)

6 - Author Identifiers (PDF 234KB)

7 - Basic Statistics in Bibliometrics (PDF 143KB)


Your Research Profile

Is your Flinders profile page up to date? No? Don’t think it really matters if it’s not? Think again, you might be doing yourself a disservice.  

You might like to share this article with the academics you work with – but don’t think it’s just for them. Although the article is written with academics in mind don’t discount its value for you too. Think about your own networking and professional opportunities. If I was to search your Flinders profile what wouldn’t I learn about you that perhaps I should?


Dip into this grab bag of take home gems collected by some of the Flinders University attendees from the ARMS 2014 Conference

  1. “Hub and spoke” Research Office structure implemented by UTAS – covering grants, contracts and formal business development, and the process and success rate improvements this has facilitated.
  2. Deadline driven grant applications need strict internal deadlines (as discussed with other RGC Managers at conference)
  3. That a band can cover ‘It’s Raining Men’ and do a decent job of it.
  4. Catching up again with some of my counterparts from around the country
  5. The realism and pragmatism of Ian Chubb and Brian Schmidt in their talks
  6. Learning what I needed to learn about the Defence Trade Controls Act, and the Autonomous Sanctions Act, in talks from government representatives
  7. Resource: increasing visibility and importance of Research Impact in funding applications – the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has published an “Impact Toolkit” for RDOs to help strengthening the impact aspect on Grant Applications.
  8. Best-practice: Edith Cowan University has proactively implemented an internal "Research Impact Award" to facilitate capturing case-studies for most-likely upcoming Excellence in Innovation for Australia reporting exercise.
  9. Best-practice: Some Universities now link citations and bibliometric data with their Research Output database (UQ for example: eSpace data + Scopus Custom Dataset + IncitesTM) – Researchers have citations and bibliometrics automatically fed to their publications on their staff webpage -> real time assessment of their performance
  10. Research impact – what does it really mean and how to write it into applications
  11. Government Departments are interested in working with Universities to conduct research – just need to get a foot in the door!
  12. The relationship between administrators and academics needs to be collaborative – work together to achieve goals
  13. Demonstrating impact is becoming increasingly important when greater emphasis is being placed on competitiveness and transparency.
  14. With this push towards demonstrating impact, research performance data needs to be more readily available and reported with greater context to be able to answer increasingly complicated questions about university research performance.
  15. It is important to get school and faculty management endorsement to enforce compliance, research offices cannot do this all on their own.
  16. Capacity building -proactively attracting philanthropic funding in a non-competitive manner but building relationship with funders and aligning with their focus areas
  17. Educating academics on why awards and achievement acknowledgements are important to their own professional progress and that of their university
  18. Map networking of key university researchers using research collaboration funding data to identify gaps and opportunities
  19. Kristina Dryza - Going with the flow doesn’t mean that you’re being lazy
  20. Paul Wong - The Paradox of Powerless Communication - influence without authority. (Will be interested to see a copy of the book he referred to Give and Take by Adam Grant.)
  21. Supanova – a software environment developed by University of Newcastle for peer review of creative research outputs

Email Tonia Keating if you want to know more about any of these gems and Tonia will connect you up with the relevant contact


Supporting academics with NHMRC and ARC rejoinders and rebuttals.

Rejoinders and rebuttals can stir some strong emotions in our academics.  Read this “Snippet of Wisdom” from one of our RAD Network members to see how they provide support to academics during these processes. Rejoinders and Rebuttals snippets of wisdom (DOCX 18KB)


Please email the network with any information that you think could be shared here.