Deadline: September 30, 2018

Applications are invited for the ScholCommLab Visiting Scholar Program 2018/2019. Faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students (enrolled full-time at an accredited institution) are invited to work on a joint research project during a research stay at either of the lab’s two locations in Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada.

Visiting scholars will have the opportunity to work with both ScholCommLab directors and the ScholCommLab’s international and interdisciplinary network of bibliometric and scholarly communication researchers and experts. To facilitate the work, visitors will have access to a range of data (e.g., Web of Science, Altmetric, Twitter), tools, and methodologies (e.g., for data collection and analysis), and will be given visiting scholar or visiting graduate student status at either the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa or in the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University.

Topic Areas

Collaborations are welcome on any topic related to scholarly communication, but especially on areas related to current ScholCommLab projects, such as:

  • Academic review, tenure, and promotion, and the reward system of science;
  • Altmetrics, including the quantitative and qualitative analysis of Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and other social media engagement related to scholarly documents;
  • Metrics literacy, developing online material to educate researchers and research administrators about bibliometrics, usage metric, altmetrics, and technometrics;
  • Open access and open science, including the analysis of scholarly communication and the academic publishing landscape;
  • Science communication, including mapping the landscape of Canadian science communicators and writers;
  • Societal impact of science and social media, including mixed-method and theoretical approaches to public engagement with research online.

Funding

  • The ScholCommLab will provide funding for up to four full scholarships and additionally offers up to four self-funded research stays. Visiting scholars will be given a desk in a shared space including internet and online library access;
  • The funded scholarships include airfare to and from Canada (and between Ottawa and Vancouver, if applicable) and a stipend of $2,000 per month for those visiting Ottawa and of $2,500 per month for those visiting Vancouver. Additional funding may be available to present results of the collaboration at agreed upon conferences;
  • Selected applicants from outside Canada must obtain a valid visa and/or work permit for the research stay. Some support may be available for visa and/or work permit applications from the University of Ottawa and Simon Fraser University.

Eligibility

  • Open to faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students enrolled full-time at an accredited institution.

Application

To apply, please complete this application form, which will ask you for the following information:

  • Contact information
    • Email
    • Name
    • Current institution
    • Current position
    • Degree
  • Proposed start date (estimated; we will find a suitable date together)
  • Proposed length of visit
  • Preferred location:
    • uO (w/ co-director Stefanie Haustein)
    • SFU (w/ co-director Juan Pablo Alperin)
    • Both locations (for visits of 2 months and longer).
    • I am flexible and would work in either Ottawa or Vancouver.
  • Title of proposed research project
  • Short abstract of proposed research project (max. 300 words)
  • Database, data sources, and tools required for project
  • Required funding:
    • I need funding for my travel to and from Ottawa/Vancouver.
    • I need a stipend for my stay in Ottawa and/or Vancouver.
    • I have access to other sources of funding for the research stay.
    • If no funding is available, I would like to be considered for one of the unfunded positions.

Select applicants will be asked to submit a longer research proposal that includes research objectives and questions along with an outline of the proposed methodology, data and software needed for the project. Please cite relevant literature and highlight any of the Lab’s own previous related projects in submitted proposals.

For more information, visit ScholCommLab Visiting Scholar Program.

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