Monday, 9 November 2015

Increase your research exposure


Increase your research impact

 Strategies to increase the likelihood of an article being cited,
discussed or otherwise mentioned in scientific and relevant societal

Pre-print phase

In the pre-print phase you may think about:

  • Research topics with a high potential academic and/or societal
    relevance, and if a literature review is needed to prove the relevance,
    get your research proposal approved, and/or ensure research funding or
  • Publishing a review as an independent publication, even if it forms
    part of a planned follow up article or study. You can earn double
    credits when the follow up gets published as well.
  • Choosing peer-reviewed journals with a high Journal Impact Factor (JIF) to increase the likelihood to get cited
  • Alternative and/or parallel publishing channels, such as:
    • A pre-print service to generate feedback and interest in your publication (e.g. e-print service at Cornell and not peer-reviewed in the traditional sense)
    • OA journals, when institutional publishing policy demands so,
      accruing article citations more quickly or when speed of dissemination
      are of importance
    • Read more …. Alternative publishing channels

Optimising your articles for search-engines (SEO)

Although search engine optimisation (SEO) is usually associated with
websites and webpages, scientific articles can be optimised as well

Post-print phase

Writing and publishing your scholarly article is not the final step.
To maximise your research impact you must inform everyone in your
academic and social networks about it as well. Strategies to use in the
post-print phase:

  • Use social media to discuss your article or study, focussing on special interest groups
  • Share links to your abstract or publication on,
    LinkedIn, on your website, your academic institution’s profile page,
    Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • When publisher policy permits, post your article/study (or author version) to:
  • Post your datasets to platforms for registration and storage of datasets, such as the Dutch Dataverse Network (DDN) - see also Research Data Management
  • Create researcher IDs on platforms such as ResearcherID, ScopusID
    and ORCID to ensure an unambiguous author identification to which
    published articles or studies are linked.
For a more complete overview - and very practical guide - on how to use these strategies and tools, see: The 30-Day Impact Challenge: the ultimate guide to raising the profile of your research. By Stacy Konkiel

A very nice ‘libguide’ about Visibility and Research Impact - although tailored to University of Utrecht - is:

Tools and major data sources with which to track of your own research impact can be found in the: “Guidelines for Good Evaluation Practice with the ACUMEN Portfolio

Increase your research exposure - UM Library - Maastricht University

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