Friday, 28 October 2016

Visibility and impact of research - For Researcher - Kirjastopalvelut at University of Lapland


For Researcher: Visibility and impact of research

Impact of your own publications

It is essential for researchers
that their scholarly publications gain high visibility. You can enhance
the visibility and accessibility of your works through publication
forums that are used extensively. Parallel publishing of commercially
published works also increases visibility.

Impact can be assessed using for example the following:

  • Citation analyses depict how often a researcher’s
    articles have been cited in other articles. Sources: Web of Science,
    Scopus (not at the University of Lapland), and GoogleScholar  (Comparison of WoS, Scopus and GoogleScholar / Oulun yo)
  • Researcher’s h-index, Publish or Perish and Web of Science
You may request your own citation analysis or h-index from the library: tietopal [at]

  • Guides of other universities

    Research visibility, University of Oulu

    Evaluation based on scientific publishing, University of Oulu

    Measuring Research Impact, University of Helsinki

    Researcher’s visibility

    The visibility of a researcher
    decreases when the person’s name is written incorrectly or in multiple
    ways and when the person changes employment. This makes it difficult to
    trace the researcher’s publications in databases. It is therefore
    important that you get a personal identifier covering all your
    publications. This makes it easier to find your publications and to
    follow how often your articles have been cited. In addition, it ensures
    your visibility in databases and facilitates your networking in the
    scientific community.

    The Ministry of Education and Culture recommend that the researchers
    should create themselves an ORCID identifier. The ResearcherID
    identifier makes it easy to follow the impact of your own publications
    according to the Web of Science database.

    Social media

    The social web provides fast tools to increase the visibility of
    your publications. It also enables you to network with the researcher
    community, financers, and other professionals. Various disciplines and
    fields of research have groups through which you can share your
    publications and other data and discuss issues with other researchers.
    You can use them to build new groups of collaboration and to find new
    possibilities for employment. Blogs are used for discussions, for
    testing your own ideas, and sometimes as part of the research process.


    You can use altmetrics to follow the number of times an outcome
    of your research (article, book, etc.) has been cited, tweeted, liked,
    shared, or bookmarked. You can also find out how many times it has been
    viewed, downloaded, referred to, recommended, evaluated, or discussed.

    Altmetrics has evolved because the traditional means to measure the
    impact of research have been criticized by researchers of various
    disciplines. In particular, citation analyses have been criticized.
    International citation databases cover medicine and natural sciences
    more extensively than other disciplines, basing their approach on the
    publication practices. The h-index has also received criticism.

    So far, the University of Lapland has not utilized the monitoring
    services provided by altmetrics. The library orders monitoring services
    from other university libraries when needed.

    Visibility and impact of research - For Researcher - Kirjastopalvelut at University of Lapland

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