Monday, 25 September 2017

How to increase citation count of your research paper?


How to increase citation count of your research paper?

A workable strategy to increase readership for your research

Citation count. If you are a published researcher, you know the importance of this number.
Number of times an academic paper is cited has become a major measure
of it’s research impact. Research consumption has moved online. Many
researchers today have an online workflow from discovery to publishing.
Easy discoverability online has become a necessary to increase citation
count for your research. A research article that is easily discovered
online can affect readership, utilization and citation count of your
Where online traffic comes from. Source —
At, we talk to hundreds of researchers every day in our journey to build the easiest and simplest research writing platform. One of the challenges researchers face today is how to increase the visibility of their published research online.
on our conversations with published researchers, we have aggregated the
below steps you can immediately take to increase citation count of your
research paper:
1. Identifying Keywords:
Based on the topic of your research, identify 2–5 keywords you can use.
You have to incorporate the keywords in all parts of your content such
as title, abstract, headings, sub-headings, keywords section, graphics,
tables, figures, file name and description tags. More than SEO, keywords
are also used by abstracting and indexing services to tag research
content. Selecting the right keywords can increase citation count by
improving article discoverability.
2. Source for Keywords :
Start with keywords and phrases that a typical user will search for in
your domain. You can also use tools to help you identify the right
keywords for your content, such as
a. Google Trends — Gives you relative rankings of keywords and phrases based on popularity.
b. Google Adwords — Gives you keywords that advertisers bid for. This gives you an indicator of what keywords generate more searches.
If you still are not sure what key words to use, check out the popular papers in your area of research, for reference.
3. Keywords Optimization : One
thing you have to be wary about is cramming your content with keywords.
You need to strike a balance between your content and it’s
search-ability online. Using too many keywords, also known as keyword stuffing, might get your article “un-indexed”, making it hard to find it online.
Also, using the most popular keyword may not always be best for your article.
A lot of articles out there might use the same popular keyword, there
by reducing the impact. A less popular but more appropriate and relevant
keyword might get you more search hits and views.
4. Incorporating keywords in your content :
a. Title — Keep
your title short and include 1–2 keywords within 65 characters of your
title. Make the title descriptive. You must incorporate a keyword
related to your topic of research in the title.
b. Abstract — The
first two sentences of your abstract is what is usually displayed in
search engine results. So make sure that the right keywords are included
in the first two sentences. Use the keywords 3–6 times in the abstract
but make sure you clearly explain the key points of your research while
doing so.
c. Headings — Search
engines use headings to identify the overall structure and content of
your article. Incorporating your keywords and phrases in these headings
will help your article’s search-ability.
5. Authority marketing on the social media : The volume and quality of inbound links is a big factor in Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
You can increase the number of links by sharing/including your article on
a. LinkedIn
b. Facebook
c. Twitter
d. Websites that you contribute to
e. Your institution’s repository
f. Your Mendeley/ResearchGate/ profile
g. Your website
h. Your academic institution’s website
i. Facebook Groups
j. Quora
than sharing your article on these media, you can also reach out to
influencers in your domain. Ask them to read and give feedback about
your article. A tweet or a Facebook post mention by an influencer can
generate a good amount of traffic to your article.
6. Actively promote your article :
Write a blog post on your research with a link to the library where
it’s hosted. A good blog post talking about your research can increase
citation count. It can also help the wider audience understand your
research better there by increasing chances of usage.
can also write a guest post about your research on a blog with a bigger
audience. This will contribute to citations as well as your article
SEO. It also helps in spreading your work to areas and audience your
research can create impact on.
7. Self-citation :
Cite your own or your co-authors past papers as appropriate. This is
important since citations of your past work factors into how search
engines rank your current and future work.

According to a major publisher, more than half of the traffic to it’s online library comes from Google, Google Scholar and other search engines.
A reason why publishers and journals today are focusing on SEO
strategies to help improve citations of their articles. Readership and
citations affects the impact factor of the journal. And as an author you
can and you should help improve the discoverability at the article
As a team building tools and technology to solve major problems researchers face in communicating your knowledge, we at
understand why this is important. That’s why we are building a feature
which will auto-suggest SEO keywords based on your target journal and
domain .
You can learn more about what we do and how we help you in your research writing here.
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