Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Improving your citations - University of Huddersfield


Improving your citations

There are a number of ways to improve your citation rate.

Where and how you publish

You can use tools such as the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) to find the impact factor of a journal,  or the compare journals function within SCOPUS to
find which journals receive the most citations within a subject area.
Bear in mind that citation practices differ between disciplines so you
can only compare within a field, and that these metrics can only count
citations within the list of journals they scan. In some subject areas
the journals with the highest impact factors can also have very high
rejection rates.

Making your research available as open access means that it is open
to anyone, and there is a lot of evidence that says that the increased
readership leads to higher citation counts.  Most journals allow you to
put the author accepted version of the article into the Repository,
others may charge to make the final published version available
freely.   Your work is still published by the same journal, but it can
be read by a much wider audience than just the subscribers to the

Clear titles and abstracts

As most research is now discovered through a search engine, it is
important to make your title clearly indicate the content of your
research so that it is obvious to searchers who may spend only a few
seconds to decide if they want to read an article.  Similarly a clear,
well-structured abstract may also help your article rank better in
searches and lead more people to go to the full text. The LSE publishes an impact blog that has a couple of very good posts on this

Choosing titles 1

Choosing titles 2

Writing a good abstract


Many authors end up with articles published with their name in a
variety of formats, eg John Smith, J Smith, JM Smith, John M Smith. 
Some databases may not link these, or they may be mixed up with other
authors with similar names.  ORCID is a way of linking all your research
to a unique id that can be used across a number of systems. 
Registering for ORCID is free and academic staff should register for one, registartion typically takes about 30 seconds.

ORCID can be used with databases as SCOPUS and other research systems and is becoming a de-facto standard for publishers, funders and Universities.  You can link your publications to ORCID using the instructions on the ORCID website.

Google Scholar Profiles

Google Scholar is widely used around the world to locate academic research.  You can set up a free profile page to link your citations and display your H index very quickly and promote you research in searches.


Kudos is a new service that
allows you to promote your published work by email and social media.  It
encourages you to write a brief,  plain language description of your
work which you can then promote. You can then track the impact that this
promotion has on the impact it has within social media and on citation
rates.  Registration is quick, and you can use your ORCID to import your

Improving your citations - University of Huddersfield

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