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New publications, grant mapping tool aids faculty, staff

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By Theresa Howlett and Jane Payumo, Office of International Programs

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new Web-based software called MyPubsLink, created within the Office of Research’s MyResearch portal, will let Washington State University faculty map publications resulting from their grant awards.

“The ability to link publications with grants will empower our faculty and staff,” said Nancy Magnuson, interim vice president for research. “Faculty can use the information to enhance their annual reviews and promotion packages, document their productivity in new applications for extramural funding and attract talented students to their programs.”

“At the institutional level,” she said, “we can use this tool to identify faculty priorities and WSU research priorities.”

To use MyPubsLink, please visit this link to sign in and then follow the instructions: https://myresearch.wsu.edu/associategrantstopublications.aspx

The mapping software will allow faculty to match grants submitted through the Office of Grant and Research Development (OGRD) with publications in Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database. The tool is currently designed to capture data from 2008-12.

Created by the OGRD and the Office of International Programs, MyPubsLink was conceptualized in support of WSU’s recent project with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to design and use different tools and metrics to evaluate the impact of international collaborations and research partnerships.

“This new tool will enable the NSF team to evaluate the impact of faculty grants on development of collaborations between experts at WSU and around the world,” said Prema Arasu, principal investigator on the NSF project and CEO and vice provost at Kansas State University. “We hope to use this tool to confirm results of the global activity survey for WSU researchers that will soon be published by the WSU Social and Economic Sciences Research Center.”

“This software, which was developed in-house, adds a new metric to our bag of tools to enhance grant reporting, understand research and scholarly influence and justify more support for university and faculty research,” said Dan Nordquist, assistant vice president and director, OGRD.

“This user-friendly tool can easily provide data to third parties such as potential funding sources, the WSU Office of Research and the university,” said Shyam Sablani, associate professor, biological systems engineering.

Please contact Derek Brown at ogrd@wsu.edu with questions about the software.

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