Mendeley Advisor of the Month: Chandrashekhar Vithal

Chandrashekhar is currently working as a University Librarian at AURO University, Surat, Gujarat, India. Prior to this he was associated with TEEAL-Cornell University project ((The Essential Electronic Agriculture Library.)  He was involved in implementing the project and provided training programs in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. He has been working in libraries for over three decades and has conducted over 40 training programs on Database search techniques, managing citations using reference management tools, especially  Mendeley as a user since 2015.

How did you get into your field and what is your research story?

I still remember the days of my tenure with the Department of Atomic Energy, assisting the scientist in developing a bibliography on Gyroscopes, which was a game changer in my professional career. Since then I have been assisting people in developing referencing and bibliography lists. Three decades of experience is huge and now I am involved in providing training sessions on referencing tools, and other library promotion programs.

Where do you do your research/work the best? What kind of environment suits you?

My preference sounds strange; people prefer silence, I love to be surrounded by people. I enjoy working with people, maybe my job demands that!

How long have you been on Mendeley?

Honestly, I was not very familiar with Mendeley until 2015, when I started working for TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agriculture Library) a project at Cornell University. As a coordinator for South Asia, I have been involved in conducting training sessions on TEEAL for students, scholars, and Faculty. In addition, I conducted training sessions on reference management using Mendeley.

What were you using prior to Mendeley and how does Mendeley influence your research?

I am fortunate in the sense that with three decades in the profession I have witnessed technological interventions in libraries. For my master’s dissertation work I still remember I used to record all my references on bibliographic cards, which is tedious and time-consuming. Mendeley is like a divine gift to all researchers enabling referencing with one click and saving time.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor and how are your involved with the program?

Sharing information to all is in the DNA of librarians! TEEAL-Cornell Project has given me the opportunity of conducting training programs for academia which I have enjoyed throughly. I am happy to say that over 40 training programs on Mendeley have been conducted in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India.

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

For me, the invention of radio transistor is something like a miracle! In my childhood days, I used to wonder how this small radio transistor transmitted music!! I really wanted to meet Guglielmo Marconi who is an all time favorite scientist for me.

What book are your reading at the moment and why?

There are too many to list! But currently, I am reading “Life’s Amazing Secrets: How to find balance and purpose” by Gaur Gopal Das. The book explains how to conquer your daily battles, align yourself with your purpose and win at life.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

People are still not aware of referencing tools available to them, I noticed this during my recent training program on Mendeley.

What is the best part about working in research?

Research and learning are a never-ending process both contribute a lot to empower society.

And the worst/most challenging part about working in research?                              

The sense of invention, collaboration, learning from others is the best thing about research and the worst is when the outcome/findings of research is sometimes challenging.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

Mmmmm…. That’s a tricky question to answer! Mendeley as a whole has several features to make the life of a researcher easy.  For me the “Watch Folder” option is really handy for anyone and helps in building my library.

Showcase Your Research with Mendeley

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The last Mendeley article looked at Mendeley Data, and how it helps you manage your data while you focus on your research. But you also have to manage your research persona…and Mendeley can do that too. It enables you to inform your peers and the public about your academic accomplishments, extending your influence and your career prospects. In addition, Mendeley can help you discover, review and keep track of the profiles of other researchers who could inspire your work or just might end up being your future collaborators.

The Right Connections are Out There

Once you open a free Mendeley account and create a profile, you can join one or more groups, or form your own group to drive information sharing that highlights your research. In Public Groups, you can quickly make new connections by searching for people and finding researchers with similar interests. Your Mendeley feed suggests individuals you might want to follow as well. With only a minimal time investment, you immediately become part of a community – a network of eight million peers now able to learn about your research and your accomplishments.

While you’re shining a light on your research, you’re also opening new opportunities to partner with others working in your field or a related one. The diverse membership of Mendeley’s Research Network represents virtually every field of research, facilitating collaboration across the globe.

Mendeley’s Intelligence Complements Yours

Your research requires you to be highly disciplined, efficient and an expert in your field. Mendeley works that way as well, automatically capturing information like authors, title and publisher. By making organization and browsing easy, Mendeley broadens the reach of your research with minimal effort on your part.

By generating citations and bibliographies while you write, Mendeley shares your process with others and highlights your work. Mendeley enables you to easily see who’s viewing, downloading and citing your research. It gives you more chances to make important discoveries, whether on your own or as part of a team.

You can easily add your research interests to your Mendeley account, encouraging others with the same or related interests to follow you. You may also update your profile with your unique ORCID indentifier, and link with your Scopus profile, to further showcase your research information. Mendeley shows details such as your h-index, citations, readers and views during a given time period.

Don’t Keep Your Light Under a Basket

You have a golden opportunity to make a difference and inspire a community – perhaps the world – with your research. Mendeley can help you expand your impact while you’re focused on your work. Why not be part of a network of connections – and call attention to your achievements – when it’s so easy to do?

Get started! Sign up today.

Store, Share and Find: Manage It All with Mendeley Data

Mendeley answers NEWYou recently learned about how Elsevier’s Mendeley Research Network can help you stay updated on the latest trends and developments in your field. But there’s another tool within Mendeley that can give you peace of mind about the data you’ve already generated in your research. Mendeley Data  is a free, secure cloud-based repository where you can store, share and find data, wherever you are. A vital part of the unified Mendeley ecosystem, Mendeley Data enables you to check if there is data out there for a new project that you are working on, as well as to execute your funding mandate and data management plans without so much time-consuming administrative overheads.

Seek and You Shall Find

When you start a new project, or apply for funding, you always check the latest research on your chosen topic and look into what has been done already previously. Why don’t you take a look at existing data on a topic as well? With Mendeley Data Search you can find related data easily, and with  over nine million datasets from over 30 repositories worldwide indexed, that’s a wealth of information readily available for you to easily preview relevant data to support  your project.  Your funder will also be impressed if you show that you’ve taken the time to ensure that you’re not duplicating efforts.

Get Credit for Sharing Your Data

An open science repository, Mendeley Data allows you to quickly and easily upload files of any type – with as many as 10GB per dataset. You can import your own folder structure, and your data is automatically tagged with subject classifications. Mendeley Data has received the widely recognized CoreTrustSeal certification, so you can be confident that your data always will be safe and accessible. Plus, your data is archived for as long as you need it by Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), the Netherlands-based institute for permanent access to digital research resources. Best of all, you retain complete control and copyright over the data, and choose the terms under which others may consume and reuse it.

Mendeley Data also supports versioning – making longitudinal studies easier to manage. All published versions of a dataset can be viewed and compared by clicking on the links in “Version” history.

There’s a vetting process to store data in Mendeley; each collection of research data files is checked by a qualified reviewer, to ensure the content constitutes research data, is scientific in nature, and doesn’t solely contain a previously published research article. Datasets also may not contain executable files or archives that are unaccompanied by individually detailed file descriptions; copyrighted content (audio, video, images) to which you do not own the copyright; or sensitive information (such as HIPPA-protected patient details or birthdates).

Could the process be any more painless?

>             Register/log in to Mendeley Data.
>             Click “New dataset.”
>             Upload data files.
>             Add metadata (including Title, Description and Contributors) for the                                          dataset.
>             Save
>             Hit “Publish.” (only when you’re absolutely ready for it to go public).

Each researcher’s dataset is discoverable, because it’s deeply-indexed in Mendeley Data’s powerful search engine. In addition, it is marked with the standard schema.org metadata markup language.

Datasets in Mendeley Data are viewed and downloaded frequently – on average once per month. As a result, we see that articles having accompanying datasets get cited more often.
Every dataset in Mendeley has a unique and permanent DataCite DOI(digital object identifier) which makes it much simpler for you, or other researchers, to locate and reference your data. When you publish your research, you can connect your paper to the cited dataset via the DOI and it will be indexed in OpenAIRE, the EU initiative aimed at improving the discovery and reuse of research publications and data.

Share Your Data – Or Not

When you use Mendeley Data, you control who gets to use your data and when. You have the option to securely share your data with colleagues and co-authors before publication, or publish your data to the world when you’re ready to do so.

With many Elsevier journals, it’s possible to upload and store your dataset to Mendeley Data during the manuscript submission process. You can also send your data directly to the repository. In each case, your data can be linked to any associated journal article on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect, making it easy for readers to find and reuse.

Mendeley Data benefits not only you, but your institution. By saving time in searching, collecting and sharing data, it prevents re-work. Mendeley showcases institutional research outputs, boosting your reputation as well as that of your employer. With quick access to so much data, institutions are able to improve collaborations internally and externally.

Let Mendeley Manage What You Generate

It’s time to get more credit for your data. Mendeley Data has the power to make this happen – enabling  your data to be citable, accessible and discoverable with  optimal data management, so you can focus on your research. Isn’t that what really matters?

Get started with Mendeley Data

 

 

Don’t Miss a Beat with Mendeley Research Network

SUTD BLOGThe latest article on Mendeley provided some insight into the career benefits of Mendeley Funding. You’ve seen that funding sources tend to reward the “new and shiny”…but how do you know for sure if your project falls into that category? You must to be able to demonstrate independent thought, and dispel any concern that someone else might be working on the same exact problem. Since you’re also trying to do it all with fewer resources, it’s more important than ever for you to quickly and easily confirm the unique nature of your research, as well as new, possibly related developments in the same or associated field. Thankfully, Mendeley addresses this fundamental factor in the success of your research: staying up to date. Mendeley Research Network, part of the unified Mendeley ecosystem, gives you exactly what you need to remain current on industry news and trends, free and right at your fingertips.

Staying Informed and Connected Doesn’t Have to be a Chore

By creating a Mendeley account, you join a global community of more than eight million researchers active in virtually any STEM field imaginable. Once you establish your online research profile, Mendeley Research Network makes it easy to engage with one of the world’s largest and most diverse scientific communities. Elsevier has made it versatile and very convenient to use; you can securely access Mendeley on any computer via the desktop client, a web browser, or your mobile app.

Anyone with a Mendeley account can start or join a Public or Private Group. Public Groups are forums to share knowledge and discuss new research with peers having similar interests. You can also create Private Groups visible only to invited members, allowing you reveal and receive information securely. Dedicated to specific topics, groups enable you to find references, exchange ideas, discuss significant new developments, and even share curated reading lists. Based on your stated interests, Mendeley offers personalized suggestions of people to follow, to help you make the right connections and facilitate collaboration. And if you want to be alerted to new activity, you can ask Mendeley to do that too.

Suggest and Feed Expand Your Options

Based on the articles in your library and your research topics, Mendeley Suggest delivers tailored recommendations to broaden your view of topics of interest. You can receive these in weekly email updates, through the Mendeley app or when you sign into your account. With more than 30 million references to research papers and other literature, Mendeley Research Network gives you plenty of resources!

Mendeley Feed ensures that you stay up to date with your network and discover relevant new researchers. By simply signing in, you see notifications about new publications, profile updates from researchers, and comments from group discussions.

Never Be Out of the Loop Again

By constantly updating its index – and therefore keeping you up-to-the-minute on emerging trends –Mendeley’s Research Network supports discussion, discovery and innovation. Trusted by millions of your peers, it gives you the data you need when and where you need it. Never be afraid of falling behind again; with Mendeley Research Network, you’ll always be on the cutting edge.

Mendeley Can Help Your Research Career Take Off

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In the previous article, we explored the ways Elsevier’s Mendeley can help you succeed as a researcher. In fact, you may already use Mendeley to manage your research. But did you know it can also help you manage your research career? Achieving recognition and advancing your career can seem like a full-time job, and often a struggle. But with the Mendeley Careers tool, part of the unified Mendeley ecosystem, you have a free assistant to help you build your career in science, technology, engineering or medicine and perhaps a better balanced lifestyle.

Despite Collaboration, Competition Still Exists

There are 10 million mid-level and senior researchers worldwide…not to mention the 100 million students trying to follow in their footsteps. Most of those researchers are working to become principal investigators (PIs) or have already reached that milestone. And it is a milestone – congratulations! You finally have proof that you’re moving up, and not out. You’re the head of a laboratory or a research group leader. And if you’re still on the path to being a PI, you are striving to demonstrate your value as a successful team member.

Many PIs are looking for their next career move. They are eager to know how they stack up professionally to their peers. In the US, researchers may be reaching for a spot in the top 200 institutions. Some principal investigators will transition into the corporate world; but many do not want to follow that track, at least not yet. They want to continue to experience the serendipity of discovery, and become leaders in their respective fields.

Mendeley Does the Job-Hunting While You Focus on Your Research

When you’re looking for a new chapter in your career, it’s hard to know where to begin. Trawling through lists on job boards is stressful and time-consuming. Mendeley Careers can do the hard work for you, eliminating that stress and the drain on your time. With more than 200 thousand posted opportunities across academia and leading industry corporations, it’s the world’s largest free online search engine for STEM careers.

Mendeley Careers is quick and easy to use: you sign up, upload your CV, and voila, you begin to receive job opportunity notifications. Mendeley is the perfect partnership between smart people and smart technology. Unlike other STEM job search engines and job boards that match candidates based solely on their search alerts, Mendeley Careers goes further. It uses human curation and sophisticated algorithms to match the most relevant opportunities with candidates, developed from a detailed understanding of their interests and expertise. Its built-in intelligence ensures that you’re alerted to all of the posts that are right for you – no more missed opportunities! You can start applying for positions right away, knowing your search is thorough, secure and confidential.

Need help figuring out your next move? Mendeley Careers has that covered, too. It features a Careers blog, written by experts, to help you consider the pros and cons, narrow down your options, and formulate a decision about the best step forward in your research profession.

Mendeley Can Help Assemble the Right Team

PIs and others who are heading up research teams want the best and the brightest to contribute to the success of their projects. They need to identify top talent, often in a short timeframe, and this is where Mendeley Careers comes in once again.

Discover Where You Could Be Working Tomorrow with Mendeley Careers

Most professionals would agree that they’re better at research than job-hunting. So it only makes sense that you employ the most helpful tools in identifying and securing new positions, either for yourself or in creating a team. Mendeley Careers lets you do what you know and love, while it finds the opportunities to enable you to move forward in your career. The innovative Elsevier team behind Mendeley is made up of former researchers, data scientists, and process engineers; they understand your domain, and many of them have walked in your shoes.

You want to be effective in your research and satisfied with your life. Don’t miss out on your perfect career opportunity! Check out Mendeley Careers today, and put it to work for you and your future.

 

 

Find the Funding Your Research Needs with Mendeley

The second article in the series about Mendeley described how Mendeley Careers can help you manage your own research career or help you build an excellent research team. But no career or team can move forward without money to make the research happen. As you’ve undoubtedly seen, the landscape for research funding is changing. While local funding is still dominant, global funding is beginning to gain ground, especially in Europe. In addition, a larger percentage of funding is being directed towards emerging markets, adding to the competition for every dollar. You – and your institution – have to work more diligently than ever to identify and pursue financial opportunities to support your research. Did you know that Elsevier has a valuable tool to help you succeed in this quest? Mendeley Funding, part of the unified Mendeley ecosystem, can raise your batting average in finding and keeping the resources you need.

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The Odds Make Funding as Challenging as Your Research

Every researcher’s hypothesis has the potential to fundamentally change science, technology, engineering or medicine; unfortunately, many of them will never see the light of day. As you probably know, an average of only one in five grant proposals is funded. Most gamblers wouldn’t be crazy about those odds, yet you are forced to seek funding under that pressure throughout your research career. In addition, once you finally obtain funding, you have to work to sustain it throughout the life of your project. Knowing the odds you’re facing, why wouldn’t you want to use a free resource to gain a competitive advantage – and make your professional life a bit easier?

Mendeley Funding Aggregates Thousands of Options to Streamline the Process

Research, in general, is becoming more collaborative in nature, spanning domains and regions. In order to advance your science and your career, you need to succeed in – and fund – a collaborative environment. Mid-career researchers, in particular, experience this change as you shift from doing the work to leading teams. Mendeley Funding enables both individuals and team leaders to more easily acquire necessary funding, allowing you to increase your focus on the research itself.

So go to Mendeley Funding and start by creating a free account. You’ll find a collection of timely and relevant grant information from more than 2,000 organizations worldwide including US government agencies, the European Union, and UK Research councils. Each funding organization has its own Mendeley Funding page, which you can easily browse to view details about the most up-to-date opportunities: when they were posted, the deadlines for applications, the types and amounts of funding, and any restrictions on submissions. If you like what you see, bookmarking opportunities are easy; you just click the star to save your favorites for future reference.

With Mendeley Funding, You Don’t Need to Spend Money to Get Money

Mendeley Funding gives you access to a future-forward view of funding opportunities. Elsevier’s Mendeley team, which consists of former researchers, data scientists, and process engineers, is continuously gathering the latest information from funders, to offer you a unique collection of pertinent possibilities to finance your research. They know what you need and made Mendeley Funding robust and easy to use for funding searches. You know there won’t be a research career without proper funding, so let this tool from Elsevier help you make your dreams become reality. Take a look at Mendeley Funding today, and start to go for that funding that will move your research forward!

 

 

 

Mendeley Advisor of the Month: Narendra Kumar

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Narendra Kumar is an Assistant Professor at The Institute of Technology Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand (India). He teaches Technical Communication. He is also enrolled as a PhD student at The Language and Cognition Lab, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (India). He obtained his M.A degree in Linguistics from Banaras Hindu University Varanasi (India). Kumar’s research work focuses on the Neurophysiological correlates of semantic prediction during language comprehension.

How did you get into your field and what is your research story?

 The question ‘how the human brain knows, what it knows?’ has always intrigued me. Here when I say the term ‘know’, I specifically mean ‘information’, not in the sense of knowledge as a whole in human beings. It is quite apparent that the prime carrier of information is natural language. In our everyday life, we comprehend a sentence so easily and smoothly that no one questions how the human brain processes various linguistic information viz. phonological morphological, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic etc. of every word in milliseconds. I started my PhD in 2013 to explore similar questions on the basis of electrophysiological (Event-Related Potentials) evidence from Hindi, a split-ergative and verb-final language. My research is focused on investigating the processing of semantic information during on-line language comprehension of Hindi sentences. The neurophysiological studies on processing syntactic information in typologically different languages have exhibited substantial differences. So, my research work aims to explore if the processing of semantic information also exhibits neurophysiological differences cross-linguistically.

Where do you do your research/work the best? What kind of environment suits you?

I love to work in the lab or the library. I need a peaceful environment to work dedicatedly. Indeed, I enjoy working in a creative and challenging environment where I can push myself beyond the comfort zone to learn new things.

How long have you been on Mendeley? 

I have been using Mendeley since October 2014. I learnt about Mendeley when I was learning inserting Bibliography in LaTeX from the youtube channel of Chandra Has.

What were you using prior to Mendeley and how does Mendeley influence your research?

In the first year of my PhD, I used Endnote but didn’t feel comfortable using it, within few months I came across Mendeley. After using Mendeley once, I realized it was a one-stop solution to organize every research activity. Infact, Mendeley saved a lot of time which I used to waste in renaming and keeping PDF files in different directories according to their use.  Mendeley organizes all these PDF files in a library format and helps to retrieve them easily. Apart from citation and reference writing, I use Mendeley as a tool for reading as its PDF viewer allows me to highlight texts, adding notes and tags which has helped me keeping notes organized in the article itself. Moreover, I love two other features of Mendeley the most, they are Mendeley Web Plugin and the suggestion of article based on the documents in my library.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor and how are you involved with the program?

 I believe in the philosophy of sharing and spreading of knowledge and information, as mentioned in the following Sanskrit shlok (couplet):

अपूर्व: कोऽपि कोशोऽयं विद्यते तव भारति !

व्ययतो वृद्धिमायाति क्षयमायाति सञ्चयात् ॥ (सुभाषितानि)

[Translation: O Bharati (Goddess of learning)! This indescribable treasure of yours is unique – by expending it grows and by hoarding it diminishes! – Subhashitani (Sanskrit: dated back 5000BC)]

Once realised Mendeleys importance for a research student, I started sharing its features with my PhD pursuing friends. Within a few months of joining Mendeley, I attended a Mendeley event in a nearby institute and as a result decided to become an advisor to organize workshops myself. I have organized a number of workshops in my institute and nearby institutes.

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

In today’s world every linguist has a dream to meet Noam Chomsky at least once. He is a living legend as the “father of modern linguistics” and one of the “makers of twentieth century” (London Times 1970). In addition, I would like to meet Steven Pinker (Harvard University), Marta Kutas (University of California-SD), Angela Friederici (MPI, Leipzig), Peter Hagoort (MPI, Nijmegen), David Poeppel (NYU) and Ray Jackendoff (Tufts University) whose works have contributed a lot to the discussion of language, mind and brain.

What book are you reading at the moment and why?

These days I am reading two books Neurosemantics (2016) by Plebe & Cruz and Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

This week, I reviewed research articles based on the prediction approach of language comprehension. Prediction is one of the essential attribute of language comprehension system, yet researchers do not agree on what prediction is or what constitutes evidence for it.

What is the best part about working in research?

As a researcher, I have started believing in the philosophy of Albert Einstein: “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” What I like the most about working in research is that one can enjoy his/her whole life as a student/learner where there is always something new to learn and new problems to solve.

And the worst/most challenging part about working in research?

The most frustrating thing for a researcher is when you do not get the results as expected after spending months/years on a problem. In such case also, supervisors/PIs don’t look at your hard work/labour, instead they start criticizing your potentials and working styles.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

Mendeley is the best on-stop solution for all research activities. Every academician/researcher should use Mendeley as it makes the life of a researcher organized and smooth.


Biography in Brief

Narendra Kumar is an Assistant Professor at Institute of Technology Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand (India). He teaches Technical Communication to the students of B.Tech. Along with he is also enrolled as a PhD student at Language and Cognition Lab, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (India). He obtained his M.A degree in Linguistics from Banaras Hindu University Varanasi (India). Kumar’s research work focuses on the Neurophysiological correlates of semantic prediction during language comprehension.