How to be a productive researcher?

Research collaboration and researcher mobility are the key to success…

In the global research community the UK is a high achiever, with a recent report by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills ranking the UK first in the world in terms of research citation impact. So how has the UK bucked a trend “towards increasing outputs from broadly stable or decreasing inputs“? Success it seems is attributed to both global research collaboration and researcher mobility.

According to the report, “it is likely that recent increases in UK research productivity have, at least to some extent, been driven by the increase in UK international collaboration…” So are you making the most of your international collaborations?

Strategies for making research connections

We know that making research connections within your own institution can be problematic, particularly when the connections you seek are taking you to the edge of your research field or your known networks. So looking beyond your institution can be even more complex – we all know how opaque and impenetrable Universities can be from the outside. What approaches do we use to over come this?

Many of us as researchers will approach this with the strategy of looking for a similar department to our own in other institutions, but of course there is the inherent risk that the person doing something most relevant to you is in a completely different department. Maybe even that department doesn’t exist in another international University…

We might look at publications and citations to find people in the field but that of course will tell you what researchers have done in the past, not their current focus. How do you know what researchers are working on right now that they haven’t published on yet?

We might ask colleagues for recommendations but this can be a long process and depend on people’s knowledge. And as we are really looking for international collaborations, it relies on their knowledge being current in a global context.

So what if there was an easier way to do this? Now there is…

At Piirus, promoting international collaboration among researchers is what we do. Piirus grew out of a need within a UK university context and was developed to resolve the very problem of finding international collaborators. Now Piirus is being opened up to researchers across the globe. It’s free and easy to sign up to. Once you’re in, you are automatically matched with researchers and can also search. Find matches? You can then contact them.

So how do I sign up?

If you are not already on Piirus, you can ‘Register your interest’ using your academic email address and we’ll send you an invitation to join. We’re doing this so that Piirus is exclusive to researchers, so you don’t have to worry about sifting through a pool of different groups to find fellow researchers.

If you’re already on Piirus, did you know that you can now send invitations to your colleagues all over the world? Help grow the impact of international collaborations in your own research field by sending out invitations to join Piirus. You have 10 invitations available from your dashboard and all you need to do is add the researcher name and academic email address.

So increase your international research impact by joining Piirus today.

piirus-logo-smallPiirus is a quick and easy tool to search 1000s of researchers and make contacts or find collaborators


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