Thursday, 2 April 2015

SAGE - the natural home for authors, editors and societies - Journal Gateway


Increasing Citations and Improving Your Impact Factor   Journal Author Gateway

Quantitative metrics are of increasing importance in
the evaluation of scholarly research, as universities, governments and
funding bodies try to find ways of making their hiring, funding and
investment decisions according to measurable criteria. This has had a
significant effect on journals publishing, with the well-known Impact
Factor quickly brought into play as a ready-made indicator of the
quality and significance of a published piece of work.

At SAGE we are determined to support our journal editors
and publishing partners in maximizing citations to the articles they
publish without ever trying to ‘game’ the system, which can only
compromise perceived quality.

We do this specifically by providing editors with the
tools to make informed decisions about what sorts of articles and
topics they might wish to commission, which potential authors to contact
for relevant papers, etc. More generally, all our marketing and online
activities are developed with the aim of increasing citations integral
to their design.

When evaluating strategies to increase the citation performance of your journal, it is useful to consider:

  • Solicit papers from highly-cited authors

    Analysis of the most highly cited content from both your own and
    competitive journals reveals the most highly-cited authors who could be
    invited back or asked to publish in the journal or edit a future
    special issue.

  • Identify highly-cited papers in your journal and related titles

    These are indicative of emerging trends and hot topics
    on which to commission and consider extended special issue features.
    Ask your SAGE Editor to provide you with a list of highly cited
    articles in particular journals or across the subject category.
  • Identify zero-cited papers

    A percentage of published articles may never be cited at all. Review
    what topics do not attract citations and use this information to feed
    into your publishing strategy. Note that it is important to remember
    that some papers can take a long time to accrue citations (though of
    course older papers will not influence the Impact Factor) and
    cited’ does not mean ‘not read’. Strike a balance between maximizing
    citations and serving your readership.
  • Review articles

    Comprehensive review articles are likely to attract a high number of
    readers and citations. Active recruitment of review articles is often
    required; you may like to consider appointing a dedicated reviews
    editor for this purpose.
  • Special issues

    Special or themed issues on high-impact topics can
    attract a lot of attention and citations. Including a review article
    that discussed the literature can also help attract citations.
  • Speed of publication

    Improving turnaround times, introducing fast-track
    publication for potential high impact papers and timing the publication
    of papers with their presentation at research meetings can all help
    with citations. 
  • OnlineFirst

    Publishing accepted articles online prior to print and
    electronic publication in the journal issue means that they can be
    cited earlier.
  • Remind authors and reviewers of relevant papers previously published

    Although very high levels self-citation (more than
    20%) can lead to being ejected from the Thomson Reuters Journal
    Citation Reports, it is perfectly common for your authors to cite work
    from articles previously published in the journal. Reviewers could be
    encouraged to check that submitted papers are making sufficient
    reference to the journal. Making journal self-citation a condition for
    publication, however, or specifying particular citations to submitting
    authors, is unethical and not to be done.

  • Free access campaigns

    Alert your SAGE Editor of any topical or otherwise
    potentially citable articles or special issues that could be made
    freely available and then ask the author to help promote their work
    within their networks.

    In addition, make sure you are signed up to receive SAGE alerts (
    so that you are aware of when we are running any global free trials.
    Notify your colleagues and encourage them to read and cite the journal!
  • Press Releases

    A SAGE Article Press Release program is available on a
    case by case evaluation basis to raise the visibility of particular
    articles, and highlight new and important research. We are interested in
    hearing from you about any papers coming up for publication in your
    journal that may be of interest to the media. Do ask your SAGE
    Publishing Editor for more information.
  • Social Media Promotion

    Social Media has become a rapidly-growing forum for
    promotion of journal content. If you utilize sites such as Twitter,
    Facebook, LinkedIn, or have a related blog, we encourage you to promote
    individual articles on these channels.
  • Article to Volume ratios

    The number of articles or other citable items published
    per volume will affect the Impact Factor calculation. SAGE is on hand
    to advise you on how to ensure that the ratio is optimized and that
    Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI) is indexing your content appropriately.
SAGE - the natural home for authors, editors and societies - Journal Gateway

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