Increasing your citation rates
- 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
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
- 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.
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