Assess Research Impact
Promote Your Research: BEFORE Submission
- Choose a descriptive title. Write a clear title that includes the most important keywords and demonstrates the significance of your research.
- Use appropriate keywords. Think of every likely angle that
someone would search on regarding your research topic, and make sure
that those angles are covered with your keywords.
- Write an informative abstract. Include keywords and key
phrases in your abstract in order to optimize your article for search
engines and encourage readers to click through to the full article.
- Your title should include the key terms from your research.
- Choose an intelligent list of words and phrases for the keyword section.
- Use those keywords naturally within your abstract.
Promote Your Research: AFTER Submission
Ensure your research makes an impact:
- Take advantage of free author eprints. If you receive free
eprints with the publication of your article, be sure to share these
eprints with colleagues and friends. Some popular strategies for
distribution of eprints include adding links to your email signatures,
sending direct article links to contacts, and/or posting links on social
- Add your article, or the journal, to your students' reading lists as essential reading.
- Add article links to personal web pages or institutional faculty profiles. The more links you post on the Internet, from a range of websites, the higher it will appear within search engine results.
- Check whether the library has a subscription to the journal. If not, recommend a subscription to a librarian.
- Register for a unique ORCID author identifier. Then add the details of your article to your profile.
- If you've published a book, be sure to ask the publisher how
your work will be promoted so that it reaches its intended audience. Also ask the publisher how you will be supported as an advocate for your book.
Get Noticed: Promote your article for maximum impact:
- Preparing your article. Choose the right journal, based on
its scope. Then optimize your article for SEO discovery by including a
great abstract, relevant keywords, and appropriate section titles and
- Publishing your article. Publishers offer several features
that will help improve the visibility of your article. These include
DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) that always link to the latest
available version of your article and Table of Contents e-alerts for
subscribers. Some publishers, such as Elsevier, also highlight top
articles from the past 12 months, which may be freely available to any
- Promoting your article. In addition to standards such as
conference presentations and posters, consider connecting with others on
social networking sites and using institutional communication channels,
such as press releases, to announce your research.
- Monitoring your article. Some publishers offer research
dashboards, which present data on who is accessing your article, to
their authors. Altmetrics also allow you to track and analyze the online
activity around your article.
Claim Your Research
ORCID and Scopus: Manage your author profile (video run time: 5:15)
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Usage and Citation Alerts
when your article has been cited. Here are a couple publishers who offer
How Publishers Are Incorporating Altmetrics
i.e. mentions and shares of research output across traditional and
social media outlets - into their platforms. These metrics can help you
present a broader impact of your research, such as a Twitter
conversation generated from a paper presentation at a conference or the
number of readers who have saved your article for reading or discussion
on Mendeley. Below are links to details on how some publishers are
presenting altmetrics to scholarly audiences.
- Bornmann, L. (2014). Do altmetrics point to the broader impact of
research? An overview of benefits and disadvantages of altmetrics. Journal of Informetrics, 8(4), 895-903. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2014.09.005
- Bornmann, L. (2014). Validity of altmetrics data for measuring
societal impact: A study using data from Altmetric and F1000Prime. Journal of Informetrics, 8(4), 935-950. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2014.09.007
- Bouyssou, D., & Marchant, T. (2014). An axiomatic approach to bibliometric rankings and indices. Journal of Informetrics, 8(3), 449-477. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2014.03.001
- Egghe, L. (2014). Impact coverage of the success-index. Journal of Informetrics, 8(2), 384-389. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2014.01.005
- Tattersall, A. (Ed.). (2016). Altmetrics: A practical guide for librarians, researchers and academics. London, UK: Facet Publishing.
- Thomson Reuters. (2008). Using bibliometrics: A guide to evaluating research performance with citation data. http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/m/pdfs/325133_thomson.pdf
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