Monday, 7 November 2016

Increase visibility of your article - Choosing a publication channel - LibGuides at Oulu University


Choosing a publication channel

Article title, abstract and keywords

It is not enough that the journal that publishes your article is
indexed in large reference databases. You also have to carefully
consider the title of the article and write the abstract keeping in mind
how the people researching the same topic will best find the article.

The article title attracts readers to read the abstract - the abstract attracts readers to read the whole article.

Article title

When choosing the title for your article consider also how a colleague
searching for information will find your article: use words that
accurately describe the topic, avoid vague and abstract terms!

Write the abstract first

Start your writing process with the abstract because it is a concise
version of your article or thesis and helps you crystallize the main
points of your study.

Increase findability

Using synonyms in your text increases the probability that more
information seekers will find your article in the database. In
information seeking the title and the abstract are the most important
fields in the relevance ranking.

Further reading:

Belcher, W. L. (2009). Writing your journal article in 12 weeks: A guide to academic publishing success. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE. Retrieved from

Visibility and reference databases

It always beneficial for the visibility of an article that the
journal where it is published is indexed in the most popular databases,
especially Scopus and Web of Science. Since these databases have many
users, the findability of the article among a large number of
researchers increases.

Both Web of Science and Scopus have
master records with cited references, and they show the bibliographic
and reference details of the citing records, thus improving the
visibility of the researcher in the research community.

In Ulrichsweb you can check in which reference databases a journal is
indexed, and also in which databases the full text of an article is

  • Web of Science
    users to search current and retrospective multidisciplinary information
    from over 12,000 high impact research journals and over 160,000 journal
    and book-based proceedings. With SFX link you can see whether the item
    is available electronically and link directly to the full-text. Web of Science quick guide | Rights to use | More information about the database

  • Ulrichsweb - Global serials directory
    Ulrichsweb is a source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals. More information about the database

  • Benefits of open access publishing to the researcher

    • Visibility and accessibility of research improve
    • Open access articles have excellent findability on the Internet
    • Probability of being cited increases
    • Research quality improves
    In open access publishing the author retains the copyright.

    Research has shown that open access publishing increases the number
    of citations that articles receive, in some fields even significantly (Swan, 2010):

    • medicine 300-450%
    • physics 170-580% 
    • information processing science 157%

    Parallel publishing / self archiving

    Parallel publishing means that after an article is published in a
    scientific journal, the author deposits a copy of the article
    (publisher's PDF or so-called final draft version) to an open digital
    repository of the university he/she is affiliated to (Jultika at the
    University of Oulu).

    If your article is accepted for publication in a non-open
    access journal, you can check the journal's policy towards parallel
    publishing in the SHERPA/RoMEO database.
    Parallel publishing in an organizational or discipline-specific
    repository makes your article available to those who have no access to a
    journal behind a paywall.

    To ensure the long-term preservation of articles published in open
    access journals, it is advisable to parallel publish them in an
    organizational repository.

    For further information on parallel publishing see the Guide to open access publishing.

    Researcher profiles

    Researcher profiles can be created for example in GoogleScholar,
    ResearcherID and ORCID. In Scopus, a profile is created automatically
    for you when you publish in a journal indexed by Scopus. In all
    services researchers should check that all their publications are
    correctly associated with their profile and update the profile or
    request for corrections if needed.

    Networks in social media

    Social media offer several opportunities for researchers to
    network with their colleagues and and make their research visible to
    both their peers and the general public.

    Some examples:

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