My Royal Society of Chemistry Articles in the Kudos Dashboard

I publish with a lot of publishers including RSC, ACS, Wiley, Springer, Elsevier etc. as evidenced by the list on my CV. However, as I conduct more work on Kudos to play with the platform I am happy to say that RSC has a rather unique position in terms of how we are displayed. I know we are not the only ones with the cover art (as I recall)

As an example, for the RSC MedChemComm article here: you see the cover art displayed which I believe is a nice touch.


Also, and this I REALLY like, I can see the number of full text downloads. For the article below the number 550 is the number of full text downloads.


For completeness the last five columns are:

Share referrals Kudos views Click throughs Full text downloads Altmetric score

I am increasingly using Kudos as a one-stop shop dashboard to review activities around my articles so to be able to compare ACROSS publishers what the full text downloads are is of value. I should think it should be possible to include views from the publisher website also. While our PLoS article here has had 47 Saves it is about to hit 11,000 views. THAT I would like to see in the table also.

In any case …I am glad to see that we at RSC are contributing the data so I can see it in the Kudos dashboard….now, will other publishers be sharing their data soon too?

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Can I use Social Networking Tools to Awaken Old Articles?

I am running a number of experiments right now on behalf of my friend and colleague Will Russell to see what ammunition I can give him for a presentation later this week. I am already running the experiment detailed here “Running an Experiment Regarding Growing AltMetrics Using Kudos” and the data is clear…it’s working. But what I think is working is that I am simply claiming articles on Kudos, enriching them as appropriate and I am doing the work to push the info out to the social networks…sharing it via email, Facebook and Twitter. I ran some bland tweets and facebook posts about some articles and got the expected resulted..low altmetric scores. I got a little creative about our article on Fuzzy Structure Generation and some quips about pulling my hair out over the science etc. and boom Altmetrics score went up dramatically. I am about to spike it again I hope with another tweet. This is simply pushing up the Altmetric score with NO INDICATION that anyone read the article, cared about the science, or even looked at it. So this does beg the question whether or not an increase in the Altmetric score means anything but this is a different conversation and one that has happened many times. This experiment is simply showing how important my own involvement is is shifting things along…well that’s my interpretation at least.

Now what I want to do is to NOT use Kudos to push out the social networking posts etc but simply do the work away from the platform and see whether the Altmetric score grows, and how fast can I move it. I have a whole set of articles regarding Electron Paramagnetic Resonance that are hard to make exciting. But the one on eight carbon alkyl chains and molecular motions is a good one so I have chosen that one to shift. Notice LOW kudos views and no Altmetric score…last column.



It’s from 1990 and, from my point of view, this was MY breakthrough work in my thesis…I was able to learn a lot about what it means to be a scientist, to develop a hypothesis and analyze data. I am very proud of this work….

May the experiment begin….


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Name disambiguation, ORCIDs and author IDs for Science Books

Those of you who follow my blog will know that I am a fan of ORCIDs and it is great to hear that there are now over a MILLION ORCIDS issued! The sooner the better as far as I am concerned that I can start claiming all of my books and book chapters against MY ORCID and then moving that information to other platforms. My Amazon Author Page is here: and I am glad to say that despite the fact that there is a book called “I Hate Sex” with the author Antony J. Williams, exactly the spelling of my name, is NOT associated with me. Phew…

If we could start to make sure, somehow, that ORCIDs, or at least some form of AUTHOR IDs were utilized by all publishers and associated with books that are published (and listed on Amazon and Google Books) then maybe we wouldn’t have this problem listed below….

My GREAT FRIEND Gary Martin (and often times mentor in NMR) and I are editing a two volume series with David Rovnyak. Volume 1 is listed on Amazon here and Volume 2 is here. Now then…Gary is rather well known in the world of NMR….his Wikipedia page is here. On Amazon his skill set is listed as under “About the Author” as:

“Gary E. Martin graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1972 from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 1975, specializing in NMR spectroscopy. He was a Professor at the University of Houston from 1975 to 1989, assuming the position of Section Head responsible for US NMR spectroscopy at Burroughs Wellcome, Co. in Research Triangle Park, NC, eventually being promoted to the level of Principal Scientist. In 1996 he assumed a position at what was initially the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, MI and held several positions there through 2006 by which time he was a Senior Fellow at what was then Pfizer, Inc. In 2006 he assumed a position as a Distinguished Fellow at Schering-Plough responsible for the creation of the Rapid Structure Characterization Laboratory. He is presently a Distinguished Fellow at Merck Research Laboratories.”

So HOW interesting to see who Google Books thinks he is! See the link here… it reads as

“Gary Martin’s career as a freelance comic book artist spans over twenty years. He’s worked for all the major companies, including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and Disney, and on such titles as, Spider-man, X-men, Batman, Star Wars, and Mickey Mouse. Gary is best known for his popular how-to books entitled, ‘The Art of Comic Book Inking’. Recently, Gary wrote a comic book series called ‘The Moth’, which he co-created with artist Steve Rude.”

I am not listed as an editor and for sure the information is out of date since David Rovnyak joined as an editor this year.


This is Gary Martin, the inker.

So…I am very interested in any hypotheses regarding how Google Books picked up a comic inker as an author when Amazon lists Gary as a scientist, clearly. By the way, Gary Martin, NMR spectroscopist extraordinaire is a brilliant photographer, especially of lighthouses…but manipulates light…not ink.

Imagine, if you would, the potential power of ORCIDs in keeping this clear, platform to platform, if the publisher used them, if Amazon adopted them and if Google Books used the data. With time…



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Running an Experiment Regarding Growing AltMetrics Using Kudos

I want to run a simple experiment using the Kudos platform. I want to see how much activity I can push in terms of AltMetrics scores via the Kudos platform. I have selected a series of articles, each with no altmetric scores and will be kudos’ing the articles over the next few days and watching for results. The selection of articles is below and as you can see…no altmetric scores and fairly low views via Kudos.

Kudos No Altmetrics

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A presentation at Research Square: The Benefits of Participation in the Social Web of Science

Yesterday I had the privilege of giving a presentation at Research Square in Durham. In terms of an audience, and an environment to present, it was certainly an ideal environment and very recipient audience….but how could it not be with their mission being to provide “research communication without roadblocks”. As the MC for the day commented about when she joined Research Square “I thought “I’d found my peeps””. So many of the conversations over lunch were about commonality of views..and it appears…our networks are so similar….yup, definitely my type of peeps. :-)

If you don’t think you know Research Square then maybe you know some of their brands? Rubriq, Journal Guide and American Journal Experts.

The Benefits of Participation in the Social Web of Science

With the flourishing environment of platforms for sharing data, establishing an online profile and engaging in scientific discourse through alternative modes of publishing and participation, there are numerous potential benefits. However, while many scientists invest significant amounts of time in sharing their activities and opinions with friends and family the majority do not make use of the new opportunities to participate in the developing social web of science, despite the potential impact and influence on future careers. We now have many new ways to contribute to science outside of the classical publishing model. These include the ability to annotate and curate data, to “publish” in new ways on blogs and micropublishing sites, and many of these activities can be as part of a growing crowdsourcing network. Our efforts in this area are already being indexed and exposed on the internet via our publications, presentations and data and increasingly we are being quantified. This presentation will provide an overview of the various types of networking and collaborative sites available to scientists and ways to expose their scientific activities online. Many of these can ultimately contribute to the developing metrics of a scientist as identified in the new world of alternative metrics. Participation offers a great opportunity to develop a scientific profile within the community and may ultimately be very beneficial, especially to scientists early in their career.

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The Application of Text and Data Mining to Enhance the Royal Society of Chemistry Publication Archive

I just found the video of my presentation given at the 2014 Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing™ Seminar

The Application of Text and Data Mining to Enhance the Royal Society of Chemistry Publication Archive

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is one of the world’s most prominent scientific societies and STM publishers. Our contributions to the scientific community include the delivery of a myriad of resources to support the chemistry community to access chemistry-related data, information and knowledge. This includes ChemSpider, a compound centric platform linking together over 30 million chemical compounds with internet-based resources. Using this compound database and its associated chemical identifiers as a basis the RSC is utilizing text and data mining approaches to data enable our published archive of scientific publications. This presentation will provide an overview of our technical approaches to text and data enable our archive of scientific articles, how we are developing an integrated database of chemical compounds, reactions, physical and analytical data and how it will be used to facilitate scientific discovery.

Both the SLideshare presentation and my presentation are posted below:

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A chemistry data repository to serve them all

A presentation that I am giving around UK universities in September/October 2014

A chemistry data repository to serve them all

Over the past five years the Royal Society of Chemistry has become world renowned for its public domain compound database that integrates chemical structures with online resources and available data. ChemSpider regularly serves over 50,000 users per day who are seeking chemistry related data. In parallel we have used ChemSpider and available software services to underpin a number of grant-based projects that we have been involved with: Open PHACTS – a semantic web project integrating chemistry and biology data, PharmaSea – seeking out new natural products from the ocean and the National Chemical Database Service for the United Kingdom. We are presently developing a new architecture that will offer broader scope in terms of the types of chemistry data that can be hosted. This presentation will provide an overview of our Cheminformatics activities at RSC, the development of a new architecture for a data repository that will underpin a global chemistry network, and the challenges ahead, as well as our activities in releasing software and data to the chemistry community.

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Beyond the paper CV and developing a scientific profile through social media, AltMetrics and micropublication

This is a presentation that I gave during a UK tour in Sept/Oct 2014 at a number of UK universities

Beyond the paper CV and developing a scientific profile through social media, AltMetrics and micropublications

Many of us nowadays invest significant amounts of time in sharing our activities and opinions with friends and family via social networking tools. However, despite the availability of many platforms for scientists to connect and share with their peers in the scientific community the majority do not make use of these tools, despite their promise and potential impact and influence on our future careers. We are being indexed and exposed on the internet via our publications, presentations and data. We also have many more ways to contribute to science, to annotate and curate data, to “publish” in new ways, and many of these activities are as part of a growing crowdsourcing network. This presentation will provide an overview of the various types of networking and collaborative sites available to scientists and ways to expose your scientific activities online. Many of these can ultimately contribute to the developing measures of you as a scientist as identified in the new world of alternative metrics. Participating offers a great opportunity to develop a scientific profile within the community and may ultimately be very beneficial, especially to scientists early in their career.


My Short Slide Deck for JC Bradley’s Memorial Gathering at Drexel University

On September 8th 2014 a memorial gathering was held at Drexel University to honor the work and life of Jean-Claude Bradley. I could not attend in person but put together a short presentation and video to be played at the gathering. The slides are on SlideShare here and the movie on YouTube here


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Jean-Claude Bradley Memorial Issue in the Journal of Cheminformatics and Chemistry Central

An invitation to contribute a paper

Jean-Claude Bradley Memorial Issue

Guest Editors

Antony J. Williams, Cheminformatics, Royal Society of Chemistry

Andrew Lang, Oral Roberts University


In May of 2014 we lost one of our colleagues, Jean-Claude Bradley (JC), way too soon.

JC was, in many ways, a man ahead of his time. He foresaw the future of science likely a decade ahead of the new shift that is occurring in academia, that of Open Notebook Science. The last decade has seen a dramatic shift toward openness in science that has encompassed Open Access Publishing, Open Source in software development, Open Data in the majority of branches of science and Open Standards primarily as a result of people like JC. As a result of these shifts the amount of data now available online for scientists to consume and interrogate is enormous and grows daily. Much of this data is however already “aged” having been extracted from published articles or assembled into databases from historical data that often lacks provenance.

Jean-Claude Bradley’s drive was towards something more immediate with his concept of Open Notebook Science, the practice of making the entire primary record of research activities publicly available online as it is recorded ( Through his leadership in this area he motivated, cajoled and guided a number of scientists who operated in a more generally closed manner of science into the domain of Open Science. He mentored young students into the new world and encouraged us all to consider the benefits that could result in being more open.

Jean-Claude was also a master collaborator and networker bringing together scientists from various domains to work together. But in his own work he also stimulated participation and contributions from instrument manufacturers, chemical vendors, journal publishers and software developers. Most of you reading this will have almost certainly have heard of, worked with or benefited from some of his activities.

We, Andrew Lang and Antony Williams, intend to celebrate the work and vision of JC and are presently editing a memorial issue that crosses both the domains of chemistry and cheminformatics that he operated in. Since he was a member of the editorial advisory board for Journal of Cheminformatics and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry Central Journal our intention is to encourage participation and submission of papers from areas of chemistry and cheminformatics that will be assembled into a single memorial issue. If you are receiving this communication then please accept it as an invitation to submit an article to the most appropriate of the two journals that you choose.

Timelines and how to submit your paper

In recognition of the contributions that Jean-Claude Bradley has made to science and Open Science in particular, we hope that you will consider our invitation and contribute a paper to help us in celebrating and evangelizing his work. Please do not hesitate to contact either of us with questions, to confirm participation and for instructions on how to submit your paper at Andrew Lang ( or Antony Williams (

If you wish contribute to this thematic issue please use the online submission system for the appropriate journal, found here:

Chemistry Central Journal:

Journal of Cheminformatics:

Please ensure that you state in your cover letter that your paper is an invited paper for ‘Insert relevant Journal name’ as part of the cross journal thematic issue entitled ‘Jean-Claude Bradley Memorial Issue’. The deadline for submitting your paper is 1 December 2014, to publish the thematic issue in early 2015.

About Chemistry Central

Chemistry Central Journal and Journal of Cheminformatics are open access journals published by Chemistry Central. The benefits of open access are particularly attractive in these fields, ensuring that scientists working throughout the community on different aspects all have shared access to the latest research.

Chemistry Central ( is part of the Springer chemistry publishing unit, having been set up in 2006 as a service dedicated to the open access publishing of chemistry research.

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