Programs & Events

Publication and Research(er) Metrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences for Arts Faculty and Graduate Students

The University of Alberta Libraries, in partnership with the Office of the Vice-President’s (Research) University of Alberta Grant Assist Program, will be offering a series of sessions and workshops on Publication and Research(er) Metrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences starting June 9, 2015 to Arts faculty and graduate students.

Please register HERE.

Overview of Publication and Research(er) Metrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences
June 9, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Rutherford South 2-03
Presenters: Lindsay Johnston, Grant Kayler, Denis Lacroix, Sarah Polkinghorne, Virginia Pow, and Emily Zheng. Come join Humanities and Social Sciences librarians in an overview workshop to use a selection of tools for managing the accessibility, citability, and impact measurement of your research articles. This is a chance to begin a conversation with subject librarians on using scholarly communication tools to manage the impact, accessibility, and visibility of your publications and research.

Google Scholar for Metrics
June 12, 2015, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Rutherford South 2-03
Google Scholar is a popular tool for monitoring how your publications are cited. Join Sarah Polkinghorne (librarian for Art & Design, Drama, Psychology) for a workshop introducing Google Scholar’s advantages (e.g., ease of use) and limitations (e.g., transparency). Set up your Google Scholar researcher profile, discovering your h-index in the process, in a few minutes. Learn how to set up a Google Alert, another tool that can provide a view on your impact.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
June 15, 2015, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Rutherford South 2-03
Presenters: Grant Kayler and Denis Lacroix. The award-winning Social Science Research Network (SSRN) helps disseminate and track the visibility of social science and humanities research thanks to a number of specialized research networks and ejournals. This session will give you the opportunity to upload your own papers to SSRN and interact with the available networks and ejournals, as well as add a unique author digital identifier using OrcID. If possible, please bring along any bibliographic information you may have for a working paper or published article.

Web of Science and Scopus
June 19, 2015, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Rutherford South 2-03
Presenter: Emily Zheng. Web of Science and Scopus are two of the most widespread bibliometric tools. Despite their traditional popularity within STEM fields, both are interdisciplinary platforms which include records from journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore how Web of Science and Scopus can be used to conduct citation analysis and measure research impact. We will also help you create citation reports, link your unique researcher profiles, and sign up for new citation alerts.

June 24, 2015, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Rutherford South 2-03
Presenter: Virginia Pow. Please join us for an overview and hands on instruction of Mendeley. Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data, tracking article readership, and collaborating online. Mendeley combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management software (available for Windows, OS X and Linux) with Mendeley Web, an online networks for researchers. and ResearchGate: Sharing, Monitoring, and Following Research
June 26, 2015, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Rutherford South 2-03
Presenter: Lindsay Johnston. Please join us in this hands-on session to find out whether or ResearchGate would be useful tools for you to share your research, monitor your research impact analytics, and follow the research of other academics.

FWLab UAlberta 2015 promo poster 8 x 14

SAVE THE DATE: Revisiting the Roots of Nursing Philosophy and Critical Theory: Past, Present, and Future

The Faculty of Nursing Sciences at Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada and the unit for Philosophical Nursing Research (uPNR), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, in association with the International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS), are pleased to announce a distinctive conference that brings together – for the first time – the 20th Annual International Philosophy of Nursing Conference and the 12th Philosophy in the Nurses World Conference in a unique joint event that will provide opportunities for discussing the past and current state as well as future contributions of philosophy and critical theory to the discipline and practice of nursing.

The theme Revisiting the roots of nursing philosophy and critical theory: Past, present, and future offers scope for reflection on the diverse critical theories and philosophies, authors and texts that have, do, and will shape understandings about some fundaments of nursing it’s ontology, epistemology, politics, and ethics – and about the practices that become established in nursing. The conference will be based on three sub-themes: A World of Thinkers and Their Works; A World of Positions; and A World in Becoming.

Date: August 22 – 24, 2016
Location: Quebec, Canada

Click HERE for more information.

Important Announcements

In this issue:

Spinal Cord Injury Research on the
Translational Spectrum (SCIRTS) Program

The updated Application Guide for the 2016 Cycle will be posted on the Foundation’s website in June 2015, coinciding with the opening of the Letter of Intent (LOI) process.

The SCIRTS 2016 LOI application timeline:

  • June 22, 2015
    LOI process opens on proposalCENTRAL
  • July 31, 2015
    Completed LOIs due via proposalCENTRAL
  • October 2015
    LOI results announced via email

Please note: Effective in 2015, the SCIRTS portfolio returned to a single cycle per year. Future annual cycles will be announced on the list server and website one month prior to the LOI opening date.


  • Spinal Cord Injury Research on the Translational Spectrum (SCIRTS):
    Research designed to improve understanding and advance the treatment of acute and chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) and to fill gaps in the field of SCI, including mechanistic, preclinical modeling, translational and/or clinical research.
  • Psychosocial Research (PSR):
    Research studying the interrelation of behavioral, social and other quality of life factors that will benefit individuals living with SCI. Research focus areas include: aging, caregiving (formal and informal networks), employment, health behaviors and fitness, independent living, self-management, and technology access.
  • Quality of Life (QOL):
    Funding to support innovative programs that improve independence for individuals living with SCI. Areas of focus include: assistive technology, education, employment, independent living, rehabilitation, and sports and recreation.
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowships (SCIMF):
    Fellowships to ACGME-accredited programs to train physicians specifically in the field of SCI.

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