Things to do when a paper comes out: a checklist

June 4, 2015

I found myself needing a checklist so that I could make sure I’d updated all the various web-pages that needed tweaking after the Haestasaurus paper came out. Then I thought others might find it useful for when they have new papers. So here it is.

  • Write a blog-post on SV-POW!
  • Create a new page about paper in the SV-POW! sidebar.
  • Add the full-resolution figures to the sidebar page.
  • Update my online publications list.
  • Update my University of Bristol IR page.
  • Update my ORCID page.
  • Update my LinkedIn page.
  • Mendeley, if you do it (I don’t).
  • ResearchGate, if you do it (I don’t).
  • Academia.edu, if you do it (I don’t).
  • Keep an eye on the new taxon’s Wikipedia page (once it exists).
  • Add the paper to the Paleobiology Database (or ask someone to do it for you if you’re not authorised). [Credit: Jon Tennant]
  • Tweet about it! [Credit: Matt Hodgkinson]
  • Update Google Scholar, if it doesn’t pick up on the publication on its own [Credit: Christopher Taylor]
  • Post on Facebook [Credit: Andy Farke]
  • Send PDF to the institution that hosts the material [Credit: Andy Farke]
  • Email colleagues who might be interested [Credit: Andy Farke]
  • Write short popular language account for your institution if applicable [Credit: Andy Farke]
  • Submit any silhouettes to PhyloPic [Credit: Mike Keesey]

Have I forgotten any?

I think I have now completed all these tasks for the Haestasaurus paper. And a right pain it was, entering the same new paper in SV-POW!, my own list, the Bristol IR, the ORCID page and LinkedIn.

The IR was definitely by far the clumsiest — it took ages, and many different screens, before I was done. I kind of expected that (it turns out that PURE, which is what Bristol’s IR uses, is supplied by Elsevier, so supply your own punchline). But what really disappointed me was the clumsiness of having to enter all the details by hand yet again when I got to ORCID. Why couldn’t I just enter the DOI and let it fill in the rest?

You would think that ORCID, of all people, would appreciate the value of referring to things by unique IDs!

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12 Responses to “Things to do when a paper comes out: a checklist”

  1. Kenneth Carpenter Says:

    Forgot the most obvious – work on next manuscript

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  2. protohedgehog Says:

    Either enter it into the PBDB, or ask that someone else do it on your behalf if you don’t have the authority to.

  3. Mike Taylor Says:

    Good one, Jon — I’ll add that.

    Ken: I’m already on it!


  4. Update your Google Scholar profile, if you use one, and if for some reason Scholar hasn’t picked up the publication automatically (it usually does).

  5. Andy Farke Says:

    Other possibilities:

    – Publicize via your social media of choice – Twitter, Facebook, whatever [suggested by Matt Hodgkinson on Twitter]
    – Send email w/PDF to institutions that provided specimen access
    – Send email to colleagues who might want to know about the paper
    – Write short popular language account for your institution [if applicable]

  6. tmkeesey Says:

    Submit any silhouettes to PhyloPic!

  7. Mike Taylor Says:

    Lots of good suggestions — thanks, folks. I’ve added them all to the list.

  8. Laure Haak Says:

    Soon, if you use your ORCID iD when you submit a paper, your ORCID record will be auto-updated when the paper is published. Thanks to CrossRef.

  9. Mike Taylor Says:

    That will be nice, but doesn’t really solve the problem in the general case. I have plenty of papers not yet associated with my ORCID account. It’s ridiculous that it can’t just find them by OID. That what OIDs are for.


  10. […] Mike Taylor pulled together a list of 20 things a researcher needs to do when they publish a paper.  On top of putting a copy of the paper in an institutional or subject repository, suggestions […]


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  12. Mike Taylor Says:

    No problem, Charlie, your advertisement is perfect appropriate!


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