Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Increasing your citation rates - Leeds University Library


Increasing your citation rates

There are a number of ways that you can improve your citation rates as a researcher, here are some suggestions, based on this literature review on improving citation counts, conducted in March 2014:

  • Make research outputs open access where possible
    Evidence shows that open access articles are cited significantly more than non-open access articles. 
  • Where funding permits publish using the gold open access route where possible 
    Publishing via the Gold open access route can result in research being made open access immediately for other researchers to read and cite.
  • Share your research data where possible
    Evidence suggests that clinical trials which shared their data were more frequently cited than trials that did not. Sharing research data can make research more accessible and visible.
  • Use a consistent author name
    Evidence shows
    that using a consistent author name throughout a research career can
    help to enhance retrieval of a researcher's output. Changing names
    throughout a career can make it difficult to associate research output
    to the correct author.
  • Use an author identification system
    Evidence suggests that using an author identification system such as ORCID or ResearcherID can
    help to ensure research outputs are accurately linked to a researcher's
    profile and as a result, improve the visibility of the research. These
    systems can be particularly useful in overcoming problems with
    inconsistent name formats, legal name changes, highly similar names,
    common names etc.
  • Include 'University of Leeds' in the institutional affiliation field of all research outputs
    the standardised institutional affiliation "University of Leeds" in all
    research outputs ensures they are clearly affiliated with the
    University of Leeds and as a result, improve the visibility of the
  • Use online media to promote and link to your research 
    suggests there are statistically significant associations between
    higher citations for articles and the use of various social networking
    sites such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and forums.
  • Collaborate with international authors across multiple institutionsEvidence suggests that international collaborations lead to higher citation rates. Promotion
    and disseminating opportunities of the collaborating institutions and
    less overlap between personal networks of authors can help to increase
    citation impact.
  • Collaborate with the corporate sector
    Evidence found that academic-corporate collaborations increase the citation impact of papers.
  • Publish review articles
    Evidence suggests that review articles typically produce more citations when compared to other types of papers.
  • Self-cite previous work when appropriate and relevant Evidence
    shows the more an author cites their own work then the more the author
    is cited by other researchers. Self-citations should not always be
    considered improper, especially when the work that is being cited is
    relevant and appropriate.

Increasing your citation rates - Leeds University Library

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