Friday, 13 November 2020

33 Different ways for increasing citatons


Develop a plan for communicating your research
  • Create and maintain online profiles (e.g. GoogleScholar, ResearchGate)
  • Use persistent identifiers (e.g. ORCIDs, DOIs) to disambiguate yourself as author / link to your work
  • Publish in Open Access journals or choose Open Access options
  • Creative Commons license for your work for re-use
  • Post pre- or post-prints to repositories (SUNScholar)
  • Publish your data to data repositories (SUNScholarData)
  • Make social media engagement about your research a regular habit
  • Engage your audience in meaningful conversations about the topics that you are interested in
  • Connect with other researchers by means of academic network tools
  • Appeal to various audiences via multiple publication types
  • Check back in on your goals often


33 Different ways for increasing citatons

A paper by Nader Ale Ebrahim, reviewing relevant articles, extracted 33 different ways for increasing citation possibilities. Below some of the ways we would like to recommend (excluding the ways already mentioned in the list above):

  • Visibility is the key to higher citations
  • Use a standardised institutional affiliation and address, using no abbreviations
  • Assign keyword terms to the manuscript
  • Publish in journal with high impact factor
  • Team-authored articles get cited more
  • Write review articles
  • Contribute to Wikipedia
  • Create an online CV
  • Make a podcast about your research


Ale Ebrahim, Nader, et al. "Effective strategies for increasing citation frequency." International Education Studies 6.11 (2013): 93-99.

Share your research online


Share your research online

Sharing your research online can help build and track engagement with your research.

Sharing your own work and copyright

Before sharing your published output, make sure you understand its copyright status. Many journal publishing agreements, for example, prevent you from sharing copies of your article except in places and formats specified by the publisher. Ensure that you have considered these implications before making your decision about where to publish and that you comply with any conditions as you share your work online.

Make an open access copy of your research output available in a repository

Archiving a copy of your research output in a repository allows audiences who don’t have access to subscription resources or can’t attend performances, events or exhibitions themselves the opportunity to access your work.

There are a range of repositories available:

Use DOIs

When sharing a copy of your work or supporting materials as part of your outreach, make sure your audience can find the work easily and you can track engagement by using DOIs.

What is a DOI?

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique identifier which provides a persistent link that is used to identify an object, such as a publication or a dataset. Publishers often assign a DOI when an article or book is published and made available electronically.

Why should I get a DOI?

  • A DOI ensures that audiences will be able to find your work through the same link over time, even if it is moved to a different URL.
  • A DOI is permanent and cannot be removed but it is possible to remove the public right to access the resource.
  • Metrics tools, like Altmetric, use DOIs and other persistent identifiers to follow your work to see how often it’s being accessed, used or talked about.
  • A DOI can often be used to help you manage your work in various scholarly systems e.g. populating your ORCiD profile.

Who can get a DOI?

DOIs are not just for journal articles but can be assigned to other research outputs that form part of the scholarly record, for example datasets, grey literature and non-traditional research outputs.

How do I get a DOI?

To maintain the integrity of DOIs, they are only issued by registered agencies and you will need to comply with requirements of that agency in order to get a DOI for your work (i.e., you can’t make an item available from your own website and then register it for a DOI yourself).

Some options include:

Sydney eScholarship Repository The University Library can provide a DOI for work made available through the Sydney eScholarship Repository provided the work meets requirements. For further information or if you require DOIs for more than 5 items, please contact for further information.
Zenodo An open repository with free uploads up to 50GB. Uploaded work is eligible for a DOI. More information.
Figshare An open repository with free uploads up to 5GB. Uploaded work is eligible for a DOI. More information.
F1000 Research Uploaded slides and posters can receive a DOI.
Open Science Framework A free open platform for research collaboration and sharing. Public research is eligible for a DOI. More information.
ResearchGate DOIs can be generated for eligible uploads. More information.
LabArchives eNotebooks If you use a LabArchives eNotebook to collect and record your research and you want to make it available to the public, then you can get a DOI for your eNotebook through the LabArchives system. More information.

Tools & resources

Thursday, 12 November 2020

10 Easy Ways to Increase Your Citation Count: A Checklist


10 Easy Ways to Increase Your Citation Count: A Checklist

To boost your citation count to maximize impact, consider these 10 simple techniques.

The number of papers you publish is important to your career. “Publish early and often” is heard over and over again in research. However, the number of times your work is cited is important as well because it can indicate the impact that your research has on the field.

Increasing your citation count can also have a positive impact on your career because funding agencies often look at a combination of the number of papers and the number of citations when making grant decisions.

To boost your citation count to maximize impact, consider these 10 simple techniques:

  1. Cite your past work when it is relevant to a new manuscript. However, do not reference every paper you have written just to increase your citation count.

  2. Carefully choose your keywords. Choose keywords that researchers in your field will be searching for so that your paper will appear in a database search.

  3. Use your keywords and phrases in your title and repeatedly in your abstract. Repeating keywords and phrases will increase the likelihood your paper will be at the top of a search engine list, making it more likely to be read.

  4. Use a consistent form of your name on all of your papers. Using the same name on all of your papers will make it easier for others to find all of your published work. If your name is very common, consider getting a research identifier, such as an ORCID. You can provide your ORCID in your email signature and link that ID to your publication list so that anyone you email has access to your publications.

  5. Make sure that your information is correct. Check that your name and affiliation are correct on the final proofs of your manuscript and check that the paper’s information is accurate in database searches.

  6. Make your manuscript easily accessible. If your paper is not published in an open-access journal, post your pre- or post-publication prints to a repository. Check SHERPA RoMEO to find your publisher’s copyright and self-archiving policies regarding sharing your published manuscript.

  7. Share your data. There is some evidence that sharing your data can increase your citations. Consider posting to data sharing websites, such as figshare or SlideShare, or contributing to Wikipedia and providing links to your published manuscripts.

  8. Present your work at conferences. Although conference presentations are not cited by other others, this will make your research more visible to the academic and research communities. Check out these tips for making the most of your next research conference.

  9. Use social media. Provide links to your papers on social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter,, ResearchGate, Mendeley) and your university profile page.

  10. Actively promote your work. Talk to other researchers about your paper, even ones not in your field, and email copies of your paper to researchers who may be interested. Create a blog or a website dedicated to your research and share it.

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