Scholarly Commentary refers to the commenting on research outputs in online tools that are used by academic scholars.
Scholarly Commentary tools are important for explaining and promoting your research in a range of styles and levels of detail, making it more accessible to a wider audience.
Peer reviewing tools enable you to comment on specific publications. Other tools listed on this page enable you to comment on specific publications and other research outputs, or to provide more general commentary.
The tools listed here are a selection of widely used tools. There are many other useful tools for providing scholarly commentary. Keep an eye out for those being used in your discipline or suit your research purposes and how you would like to engage with others.
Social Bookmarking tools allow you to create a library of links, information sources, images and more that you can share with public or private groups.Useful tools include tools such as Zotero or Mendeley to keep a library of resources or use Pinterest as a visual bookmarking tool.
Web of Science Researcher Profile
Web of Science Researcher Profiles collects information about peer reviews and builds public reviewer profiles for participating reviewers. A Web of Science Researcher Profile shows a researcher’s verified review history across all journals, without breaking reviewer anonymity, as well as providing credit for editorial work. You can also provide pre-publication and post-publication reviews, score articles and endorse reviews.
ScienceOpen is a freely accessible search and discovery platform that puts research in context. ScienceOpen contains collections of preprints and peer-reviewed research papers drawn from a variety of publishers and journals. ScienceOpen encourages Post Publication Peer Review (PPPR) of all content on the platform, including articles in the associated journal ScienceOpen Research.
PubPeer is a post-publication peer review platform designed to foster a scientific environment where robust, high-quality research is valued. PubPeer provides a forum for posting comments which discuss the problems of unreproducible, misleading, misconceived or flawed work. PubPeer offers the option of making comments anonymous. Authors are automatically notified when their article is commented on.
Brighter is a JCU publication which promotes research by JCU researchers. Contact the JCU Media & Communications team for more information about promoting your work in Brighter.
Writing and contributing to blogs can help raise your profile by:
In addition to writing about your research, blogs also enable easy sharing of images, video, links and other media that help to describe your research.
Blogger is a free platform for creating blogs which provides unlimited storage for everything but photos (15 GB). It is easy to use and has step-by-step instructions with many design templates available. It provides analytics about page views, comments, audience location and referring sites and can be linked to Google Analytics for more.
WordPress includes free and paid plans, including 3GB of storage space for free plans. It provides many design templates and customisation is available. Comprehensive statistics are collected for page views, visitors, likes and comments, referring pages and more.
Personal blogs give you the opportunity to write about your research, reflect on and develop your opinions and allow others to follow the evolution of your thoughts.
Many blogs also allow guest authors to contribute content, especially organisational blogs. Use the links below to find other blogs to contribute to.
Video sharing sites provide opportunities for you to upload and share recordings of presentations and other videos about your research.
YouTube is the largest video sharing site with over 1 billion users. It is is completely free with unlimited storage for content but does contain advertising. It also allow viewer comments and displays statistics for page views and downloads.
Vimeo is a smaller community than YouTube but members are often more engaged and provide more comments. Free accounts are limited to uploads of 500 MB per week (25 GB per year). You can also password protect videos and there are no ads. Statistics for page views and downloads are also available.
Slide sharing sites provide opportunities for you to upload and share presentations relating to your research.
Slideshare is a widely used for sharing presentations. It allows comments and displays statistics for page views and downloads.
Wikipedia can be a useful tool for defining and explaining your field of research, with specific reference to your own research findings. The main requirement for creating a Wikipedia page or adding to existing Wikipedia pages is that all information must be cited from reliable published sources. Wikipedia does not accept original research.
Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia
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