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Digital Scholar Program

The use of digital practices and approaches can potentially increase the quality and efficiency of all phases of the traditional clinical translational research process.This program helps research professionals and students who are involved in the health sciences to develop competency in digital research practices and approaches. The events and training resources introduce health researchers at USC, CHLA and beyond to the benefits and limitations of digital practices and approaches that address specific research needs.

 We are currently undertaking a qualitative study to describe key stakeholders’ perspectives on the need to: (A) formalize training in digital practices and approaches among clinical translational research trainees; and (B) develop an aligned educational framework that defines core competencies, educational methods, and evaluation metrics.

Please send any questions about this program or suggestions to

Danieli B. Salinas, MD, MS - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, USC

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Digital Scholar Program Resources

MedEdPORTAL, a Peer-Reviewed Journal and Online Resource for Teaching and Learning Resources

This webinar will introduce a MEDLINE-indexed, open-access journal that allows researchers to leverage existing digital educational materials from other institutions and to get scholarly credit for those materials they share.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science, collaboration

A method to develop a comic based on your research: From scientists, for scientists, and beyond.

This webinar will describe a simple, flexible framework for translating a complex scientific publication into a broadly accessible comic format.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science

Digital strategies to find the right journal for publishing your research

This webinar will provide an overview of digital tools and initiatives that help researchers select the right journal for their manuscript to ensure the best chance of article acceptance.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science

Social Media and the 21st-Century Scholar: How Researchers Can Harness Social Media to Amplify Their Career

This webinar will highlight successful case studies that show how scientists and scholars might use social media to enhance their careers and outline five key steps scientists can follow to build and manage your scholarly presence online.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science, networking, online profile building

How Researchers Can Get Science Done Faster Using an R&D Services Marketplace

Watch this webinar to learn how the Science Exchange R&D Services Marketplace can empower researchers to outsource experiments and attract collaborators. Success stories will show how scientists in diverse research areas have used Science Exchange to save time and gain early access to innovation.

Tagged: networking, collaboration

Creating an Effective Study Recruitment Webpage

This webinar will provide practical guidance on using the USC Clinical Studies Directory publishing tool to create a study webpage and on developing effective content so that your study can be found and read.

Tagged: scientific communication, research participant recruitment

21st Century Tools for Sharing Your Science: Video Abstracts and Podcasts, Two Practical Examples and Success Stories

This webinar will highlight two initiatives designed to help scientists disseminate their research: (1) We Share Science, an online platform for science videos (video abstracts), and (2) Parsing Science podcast, the stories behind the science, as told by the researchers themselves.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science

Crowdsourcing applied to knowledge management in translational research: the Gene Wiki and Mark2Cure

This webinar will cover how crowdsourcing has been successfully used to tackle a number of research projects that require massive human effort. Andrew Su, PhD, will provide a general overview of this field and share practical insights from two case studies.

Tagged: collaboration

Utilization of Twitter by early career women in academic medicine and science: Suggestions for developing a Twitter network

This webinar will highlight different ways of using Twitter for professional development to obtain the support women in academic medicine and science are otherwise lacking.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science, networking, collaboration

Introducing Figshare, a Free Repository where Researchers Can Make all of Their Research Outputs Available in a Citable, Shareable and Discoverable Manner

This webinar will (1) introduce the platform, (2) showcase examples of successful data sharing and its impact, and (3) explain how to best use it for sharing knowledge more quickly and effectively, and for building an online research profile.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science, collaboration, online profile building

Leveraging Medical Health Record Data for Identifying Research Study Participants: Practical Guidance on Using Clinical Research Informatics Applications in Your Research

This webinar will highlight three applications available at USC, CHLA and LA County DHS that assist researchers with identifying prospective study participants.

Tagged: research participant recruitment, clinical research informatics

Research Data Sharing and Re-Use: Practical Implications for Data Citation Practice that Benefit Researchers

This webinar will highlight the findings of a recent study on the characteristics of data sharing, reuse, and citation, and it will provide practical recommendations for formalized citation practices that benefit the researchers who decide to do so.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science, online profile building

Disseminating scientific research via Twitter: Practical insights and research evidence

About one-fifth of current scientific papers are being shared on Twitter. With nearly 69 million active U.S. Twitter users (24% of the U.S. adult population) and 328 million monthly active users worldwide, Twitter is one of the biggest social networks worldwide. Understandably, hopes are high that tweets mentioning scientific articles and research findings can reach peers and the general public. Studies show that most of the engagement with scientific papers on Twitter takes place among members of academia and thus reflects visibility within the scientific community rather than impact on society. However, there are ways to reach the broader public. This webinar will provide an overview of using Twitter to reach peers and non-specialist groups, the relationship between tweets and citations, and provide tips for building an academic Twitter presence.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science, online profile building

Using alternative scholarly metrics to showcase the impact of your research: An introduction for researchers

Scholarship is increasingly being created, disseminated, and measured on digital and social platforms. If Twitter exchanges, Facebook “saves,” and YouTube hits are the new metrics for tracking scholarship, how are we measuring societal and educational impact and outreach? How can researchers display their research impact using social media on promotion and tenure dossiers? This webinar will discuss altmetrics, alternative scholarly metrics that measure the impact and use of scholarship.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science, research impact measurement

Using electronic Laboratory Notebooks in the academic life sciences: a group leader's experience on how they can make research teams more efficient

Digital technologies are shaping the way experiments are performed, results captured, and findings disseminated. We will explore what electronic Laboratory Notebooks (eLNs) afford biomedical researchers, what they require, and how one should go about implementing such a tool.

Tagged: project management, team management

Accelerating systematic review studies using the online tool Covidence

Literature reviews, in particular systematic reviews, are invaluable to represent the latest and most complete information available on a particular topic or intervention, but they can be time consuming. This webinar explores a digital application called Covidence that is designed to accelerate the systematic review process.

Tagged: literature evaluation and synthesis, scientific literature search

Using the research platform TurkPrime to crowdsource data for the health sciences

Crowdsourcing platforms are revolutionizing research by providing a way to collect clinical and behavioral data with unprecedented speed and efficiency. This seminar explores another digital platform called TurkPrime that is designed to support research participant recruitment.

Tagged: research participant recruitment

Recruiting study participants online using Amazon's Mechanical Turk

Crowdsourcing has had a dramatic impact on the speed and scale at which scientific research can be conducted. This webinar summarizes what is known about MTurk sample composition and data quality with an emphasis on findings relevant to clinical psychological research. It then addresses methodological issues with using MTurk--many of which are common to other nonprobability samples but unfamiliar to clinical science researchers--and suggests concrete steps to avoid these issues or minimize their impact.

Tagged: research participant recruitment

Creating Compelling Infographics

In this workshop, you will learn how to create compelling infographics that help you better articulate your key findings using a data-driven approach.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science

Using Social Media Data to Gain Insights into Community Trends

In this workshop, you will learn how to use social media data (social media listening) to gain insights into emerging community needs, trends, and conversations.

Tagged: social media/internet research

Utilize Digital and Social Media Data for Your Research

Today, over 80 percent of Americans seek health information online and nearly 70 percent of all Internet users in the United States use digital and social media. These numbers are increasing, even among diverse and underserved populations. This trend provides huge opportunities for researchers.

Tagged: social media/internet research

Accelerate the Dissemination and Impact of Your Research Findings

In this workshop, you will learn how to use web-based approaches and social media to accelerate the dissemination and impact of your research findings.

Tagged: scientific communication, dissemination of science

Leverage Science Crowdfunding

In this workshop, you will learn how to leverage crowdfunding to obtain seed funding. Science crowdfunding is an alternative approach that couples storytelling, fundraising, outreach and networking. Scientists in academia and the private sector have already successfully used it to supplement and substitute grants.

Tagged: funding

Introduction to Becoming a Successful Digital Scholar

In this workshop, we will provide an overview of Digital Scholarship and explore examples of scholars who have successfully used digital approaches to advance their research and careers.

Tagged: scientific communication, research participant recruitment, dissemination of science, networking, collaboration, online profile building, reputation management

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.