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The digital knowledge of the UZH – ZORA in figures

1. June 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

Publication note: In the current UZH Journal 2018 48(2) on pages 14 and 15 you will find interesting statistics on ZORA in graphical form. The figures were collected by editor Stefan Stöcklin and illustrated by Ms Azko Toda.

Here you can find the complete issue of the UZH Journal 2018: 48(2):14-15

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Why you need an ORCID

31. May 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

The precise identification of a person and the assignment of his/her works are becoming increasingly important in the context of open science. There is a key problem: The Internet, repositories and databases try to link activities and results of a person based on the spelling of their name. But as individual as people are, their names are unfortunately not so unique and are often written in all variations.

The ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) offers a good solution for this problem. This non-profit organization was founded in 2012 and is supported by over 100 publishers and organizations. With an ORCID you can bring together all your scientific activities and publications!


Register for a free  account at, add all used/known spellings of your name and link to websites and social media profiles (if available). Information on education and employment can also be added.

Datenimport via Search & Link

In the Works section, you can use + Add works and Search & Link to import references directly from various sources. The ORCID can be very easily linked to the Scopus Author ID. All Scopus references are imported into your ORCID account. The Scopus Author ID is created by the Scopus database. If an author has worked and published in several places, several IDs are usually generated, since Scopus cannot merge this itself. If your references are assigned to multiple Author IDs, it is recommended to merge these IDs first before linking to the ORCID:

Merge Author ProfilesLinking Scopus Author ID with ORCID

After the data has been imported from Scopus, missing references can be added either via CrossRef (search with the DOI), from other sources or manually. Various publication types are available for manual entry. You will find the entry masks for data sets, presentations and more in the category Other.

Manual Entry

The visibility of the references can be defined individually, but it is recommended to have all references visible to everyone. This way, the corresponding data records in Web of Science are automatically enriched with the ORCID. This allows a very specific author search (use the Author Identifier field) with the ORCID in Web of Science and leads to a correct reference list. This is very important for the calculation of the h-index and citation counts.

Visibility of Records

Creating an ORCID account is easy but entering all works initially requires a considerable effort. However, maintaining and updating the ORCID account is relatively simple: Many publishers ask for the ORCID when submitting a manuscript. As soon as these papers are published, ORCID will alert you by e-mail to the new references and with your consent they will automatically be added to your ORCID account.





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ResearchGate, Google Scholar & Co.

30. May 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

How do you stay connected with researchers working in your field? Where can you list your works, discuss projects, and compare your output with others? This blog introduces you to social media platforms for scientists.

In the ancient times of science, up to about five to ten years ago, scientists would present and discuss their results at conferences around the globe. Nowadays, information flows much faster thanks to the World Wide Web. Publications are online immediately after being accepted rather than appearing in printed journals months later. Of course, you want to present and discuss your latest publications right away with colleagues in your field – e.g. on social media platforms for scientists.

There are roughly four groups of social media platforms:

Types of social media platforms.

Why should you engage on such platforms? Firstly, the potential audience is much larger than on conferences. Fast, extended scientific conversations are possible (1). Secondly, you can make yourself known, connect, and find new collaborators. Finally, some platforms allow you to track your metrics (number of downloads, number of citations etc.).

But can you really increase your research impact or even your social impact by engaging on the social media? The evidence is mixed. Eysenbach reported, that highly tweeted articles from the Journal of Medical Internet Research were much more likely to be cited (2). However, it was not clear, if social media activity led to increased citations or if it simply reflected the quality of the articles and thus correlated with the number of citations. Other authors found only a low correlation between tweets and citations (3). How often an article is shared on social media seems also to depend on other factors, e.g. if it has been published open access or in major general science journals (3).

There are good reasons not engage on social media platforms, too. The activity is time consuming (unless you only open an account but never really maintain it up to date) (4). Some people re-tweet or re-post without thinking – and no real discussion will take place (5). Finally, researchers may be judged on the number of followers they have rather than on their scientific contributions (4).

If you decide to engage, the choice of the right platform mostly depends on:

  • to whom you want to talk
  • how much time you want to invest
  • whether you want to create new content or rather keep articles sorted (1).

Google Scholar and ResearchGate are the most popular networks for scientists (6). On both you can list your research items, and they will provide you with the number of citations per year and an h-index. ResearchGate is more interactive: it allows you to discuss questions with other people, to follow other researchers, and to exchange messages and articles (but make sure that you own the copyright before uploading papers onto the platform). Learn more about this in our upcoming Coffee Lecture on “Sharing your papers legally”.

Scores from ResearchGate (RG Score and h-index).


  1. Bik HM, Goldstein MC. An introduction to social media for scientists. PLoS Biol. 2013;11(4):e1001535.
  2. Eysenbach G. Can tweets predict citations? Metrics of social impact based on Twitter and correlation with traditional metrics of scientific impact. J Med Internet Res. 2011;13(4):e123.
  3. Haustein S, Peters I, Sugimoto CR, Thelwall M, Larivière V. Tweeting biomedicine: An analysis of tweets and citations in the biomedical literature. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 2014;65(4):656-69.
  4. Greifeneder E, Pontis S, Blandford A, Attalla H, Neal D, Schlebbe K. Researchers’ attitudes towards the use of social networking sites. Journal of Documentation. 2018;74(1):119-36.
  5. Robinson-Garcia N, Costas R, Isett K, Melkers J, Hicks D. The unbearable emptiness of tweeting-About journal articles. PLoS One. 2017;12(8):e0183551.
  6. Van Noorden R. Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network. Nature. 2014;512(7513):126-9.

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Swiss Research Data Day 2018

29. May 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

We would like to draw your attention to the following event. Registration is still open until June 4th for the Swiss Research Data Day 2018 organized by DLCM and OpenAIRE.

When: 12 June 2018, 9:00-17:15
Where: ETH Zurich, Room Audi Max (HG F 30)


Categories: Open AccessTips for Researchers

What is your h-index?

29. May 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

The h-index, proposed by Hirsch in 2005, is a measure to calculate the output of a researcher. With an h-index of 10, 10 publications of an author are cited at least 10 times. This value can be calculated in the database Web of Science Core Collection.

1. For a detailed author search click on the menu item More
2. Tip: Use more than one initial to be more specific
3. The function Create Citation Report will display the h-index.
4. In addition to the h-index, the number of publications is given, for example

Additional search tools that calculate the h-index are Scopus or Google Scholar.
However, the h-index is not entirely uncontroversial and has certain advantages and disadvantages.

- considers only most cited publications
- eliminates “one-hit wonder”
- “punishes” authors, who are little/not cited but publish much
- 'Groundbreaking' works are not being duly appreciated
- Influenced by career duration
- Compare only within the same discipline! (Depends from the research field)
- depends on which publications of a researcher are indexed in the search tools.

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Keep posted with SciFinder

24. May 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

SciFinder is the most thorough source of information in chemistry and related disciplines. Besides organic and inorganic compounds and reactions, many other substances are indexed – e.g. biomolecules, crystalline materials and even elementary particles, like the Higgs Boson – making SciFinder a useful tool for scientists in various disciplines.

Each substance receives a unique identifier (CAS-number) by the Chemical Abstracts Service and new literature is screened for chemical information (structure, properties, reactions) to be linked to the respective compound entries in the database.

How to find and keep posted about the latest news on your favorite substance is described in detail in the attached handout.

In order to use SciFinder, a one-time registration with your UZH e-mail address is necessary.

We hope you will enjoy following your favorite substance and please contact us if you have further questions about SciFinder:

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All your favorite journals in your pocket

23. May 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

You are on the way or you are not connected to the UZH network and need access to a paper? With the BrowZine app, access to all licensed and freely accessible articles outside the IP range of the UZH is possible. The app also offers the possibility to collect your favorite journals in a bookshelf. The favorite articles can be managed in a collection and the full text can be read offline after downloading.
What do you need to do? Download the app on your smartphone or tablet (Apple & Android).
Important: Select University of Zurich under the “Choose Library” option. Login with your UZH short name and password. To benefit from all BrowZine functionalities you need also to create a BrowZine account.

More information about BrowZine:


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Up-to-date with PubMed

22. May 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

In the hectic pace of everyday research, it is sometimes difficult to stay up-to-date with research literature. PubMed offers a simple solution for everyone who knows this problem:

With a free NCBI account you can save as many search queries as you like and set up corresponding notifications. This only requires a one-time registration and confirmation of the e-mail address.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Saved searches and collections are listed in the NCBI account. By clicking on the gear icon every saved search (and accordingly every collection) can be modified or deleted again.

switch to NCBI account

overview of NCBI-account

saved search details

An NCBI account allows many other practical features such as setting personal filters and customizing the results display.

We also recommend this tutorial to find gene, proteins and chemical names, aliases and synonyms:




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Coming soon: A new look for the Library Catalogue

22. May 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

Next weekend, May 26/27, the Rechercheportal receives a new user interface.

What will change?

  • the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (http) will be raised to Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (https), the Internet address will change to
  • the design of the user interface will be modernized and responsive


We will be happy to answer questions about the new interface from Monday, 28 May.

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Access via EZproxy Reestablished for All E-Media

16. May 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

After an update of the EZproxy software access to all our licenced e-media is now reestablished.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

Categories: E-ResourcesService notifications