Citation Analysis: Measuring the Influence and Impact of Research: Maximizing Influence & Impact
understanding impact factors, journal rankings, alt-metrics, and other
means of analyzing the influence and impact of published research.
Researcher Profiles & Collaboration Tools
Resources: Articles and Studies
Maximize Impact through Open Access
you publish can maximize your impact. Many recent studies indicate that
open-access articles are more immediately and more frequently cited
than non-open-access articles. Increased citation rates lead to greater
The way to maximize the impact of your research findings is to maximize the exposure to your work.
Retain your copyrights. Copyright, when signed over
to a publisher, limits your ability to disseminate your work. By
retaining your copyright, you can maximize your options for
dissemination, thus maximizing your work's potential reach and gaining a
wider audience for your scholarship. You can retain your copyright by
utilizing an author's addendum. We recommend using the SPARC author's
addendum. You can also consult the SHERPA/RoMEO site for information about the copyright policies and self-archiving terms found in most publishers' agreements.
Make your article open access.
Publish in an open-access journal. The Directory of Open Access Journals
lists thousands of journals. To publish in many of these journals, you
may be required to pay a publication fee. This fee can be charged to
your funding agency. (Consult SHERPA/Juliet
for a list of research funders' policies on open access.). The UFOAP
is also available to help with costs of publishing in open access
Pay an open-access or publication fee.
Many traditional, subscription-based publishers allow authors to pay an
additional publication fee to make their articles immediately available
to the public. Journals with this option are often referred to as
"hybrid open access journals." Publishers refer to these fees by various
terms such as "paid access," "open choice," "sponsored article," etc.
Some journals make their content free after a certain "embargo" period.
Thousands of journals published online through HighWire Press make
their content available for free after a period of time, usually 12
months. Consult the HighWire Press list of Free Online Full-text Articles.
Post your article in a repository.A repository can be a pre-print server such as the arXiv e-Print service at Cornell or a subject repository such as PubMed Central,
the National Institutes of Health digital archive. At the University of
Florida, you can also deposit your articles in the University of
Florida Institutional Repository (IR@UF),
in accordance with the terms of your publication agreement if you
publish an article in a traditional commercial or society journal.The advantages of posting an article to a repository:
- The article can be discovered by anyone doing a Google search (wider audience).
- Articles residing in a repository are ensured archival access.
- As an author, you can post related and associated files that can't be published in a traditional journal.
Find out more about the journal before you decide to
publish there to ensure that the publisher's high costs do not pose a
barrier to access:
- Journal Cost Effectiveness: Ranks internationally-published journals by price per article or citation. (This is a beta site.)
- Role of Scholarly Societies: Includes a Best Practices Checklist highlighting policies among a small sample of societies.
- SHERPA/RoMEO: Find out whether your publisher allows you to place your article in a repository.
More Strategies for Maximizing Impact
- Authors are highly recommended to
use the same variation of their name consistently throughout the course
of their academic studies and future professional activities. If the
name is a common name, consider adding a middle name to distinguish it
from other authors. If the name is still a common name, consider
changing the name. Consistency enhances retrieval and helps to
disambiguate author names in databases. Uniqueness of a name helps
establishes a “presence” for an author.
- If the publication was generated as a
result of a specific research study or a group such as an academic
program of study, a laboratory or clinic, add the name of the research
study or group as a corporate author and use the name consistently.
Adding a corporate name for a research study or group enhances retrieval
of research output by the given study or group.
- Formulate a concise,
well-constructed title and abstract for a work. Include crucial keywords
in the abstract. Most databases allow for searching of words noted in a
title and an abstract, and secondly, a clear abstract allows users to
quickly discern the basis of the work when reviewing a list of results
generated by a search query.
- If the work relates to a research
study, create a website devoted to the research study and post materials
such as peer-reviewed versions of manuscripts of journal publications,
conference abstracts, supplemental materials such as images,
illustrations, slides, or specimens, progress reports, to name a few.
Authors are encouraged to review any copyright forms to confirm that
they have the right to post materials on an institutional website.
- If there is a website related to a
research study, website developers should utilize SEO (search engine
optimization) strategies to enhance retrieval of materials by search
engines such as Google. The web
developer should confirm that the web page titles describe the content
of the website and include the name of the research study. Meta tags
that note appropriate keywords should be included in the page header
section. Search engines look at this “hidden content” and use this as a
basis for search results page rankings.
- Register with CiteULike
and start a “library” of publications related to a research project or
by author and share the research project library with others.
- Start a blog devoted to the research project. Check out ResearchBlogging.org
which is a site that allows bloggers to write about peer-reviewed
research, but also to share that work with readers and bloggers around
the world to learn about cutting-edge research developments.
- Create a podcast describing the research project and submit the podcast to YouTube. Many major academic or research institutions have created their own YouTube channels and provide video services at no charge.
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