Three questions with… Cecilia!

Our lab is growing! In our Three Questions series, we’re profiling each of our members and the amazing work they’re doing.

In this week’s post we’re highlighting Cecilia Rozemblum, a PhD student in the ScholCommLab based at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Argentina. With two degrees under her belt already—one in librarianship and documentation—she’s excited to be almost done her third. In this post, she tells us more about her research on altmetrics and scholarly impact, and why sometimes the best advice can also be the scariest. 

Cecilia Rozemblum sightseeing in Trujillo, Peru
Cecilia takes a break from the Redalyc Congress in Trujillo, Peru to see some local sights.  

Q#1 What are you working on at the lab? 

I’m writing my PhD thesis under Juan Pablo Alperin’s direction, and he is very patient, because I’ve been doing it for 3 years! I hope this will be the last and that I will obtain my degree at the end of 2021. My dissertation is about altmetrics and the diversity of ways to identify the visibility and impact of academic journals, especially those based in Latin America and focused on social sciences.

Q#2 Tell us about a recent paper, presentation, or project you’re proud of.

I recently finished a paper with two colleagues, Juan Pablo and Carolina Unzurrunzaga, which we decided to post on Zenodo, a preprint repository. It offers a preview of some results from my doctoral research. This was my first experience authoring a preprint and I feel so excited because it has had such a wide impact already, with many page views and downloads. I hope that this research will become a real paper soon.

Q#3 What’s the best (or worst) piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

I’ve received two interesting pieces of advice. One from a colleague, which is very useful: “NEVER write an email when angry.” If you feel this way, let 24 hours pass and then write the email, when you’re more calm.

The second, which is almost scary, came from my dad: “Pay attention.” To what? In general, to everything!! This may seem like too much but this advice is also so wise. Pay attention to the nice things and to the not so nice things too.

Find out more about Cecilia on Twitter or at her Memoria Académica profile [in Spanish].