10 Easy Ways to Increase Your Citation Count: A Checklist
Michelle Ebbs on Mon 16 Jun, 14
Promoting your research, Citations, Tools and resources, Publishing trends, 21st century
career. “Publish early and often” is heard over and over again in
research. However, the number of times your work is cited is important
as well because it can indicate the impact that your research has on the
Increasing your citation count can also have a positive impact on
your career because funding agencies often look at a combination of the
number of papers and the number of citations when making grant
To boost your citation count to maximize impact, consider these 10 simple techniques:
1. Cite your past work when it is relevant to a new manuscript. However, do not reference every paper you have written just to increase your citation count.
2. Carefully choose your keywords. Choose keywords that researchers in your field will be searching for so that your paper will appear in a database search.
3. Use your keywords and phrases in your title and repeatedly in your abstract. Repeating
keywords and phrases will increase the likelihood your paper will be at
the top of a search engine list, making it more likely to be read.
4. Use a consistent form of your name on all of your papers. Using
the same name on all of your papers will make it easier for others to
find all of your published work. If your name is very common, consider
getting a research identifier, such as an ORCID or a ResearcherID.
You can provide your ResearcherID in your email signature and link that
ID to your publication list so that anyone you email has access to your
5. Make sure that your information is correct. Check
that your name and affiliation are correct on the final proofs of your
manuscript and check that the paper’s information is accurate in
6. Make your manuscript easily accessible. If your paper is not published in an open-access journal, post your pre- or post-publication prints to a repository. Check SHERPA RoMEO to find your publisher’s copyright and self-archiving policies regarding sharing your published manuscript.
7. Share your data. There is some evidence that sharing your data can increase your citations. Consider posting to data sharing websites, such as figshare or SlideShare, or contributing to Wikipedia and providing links to your published manuscripts.
8. Present your work at conferences. Although
conference presentations are not cited by other others, this will make
your research more visible to the academic and research communities.
9. Use social media. Provide links to your papers on social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Academia.edu, ResearchGate, Mendeley) and your university profile page.
10. Actively promote your work. Talk to other
researchers about your paper, even ones not in your field, and email
copies of your paper to researchers who may be interested. Create a blog
or a website dedicated to your research and share it.
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