Broadening your Research Impact
Tips for Increasing Research Impact
Increase the impact of your Manuscript
- Publish where it counts - journals that are indexed by major citation services, eg Scopus help increase recognition for your work.
- Select the appropriate Journal –consider Journal Impact Factor, Scopus ASJC Codes, cross-discipline, where do your competitors publish?
- Aim high - papers in highly cited journals attract more citations and sooner - see here for list of Top Journals in Scopus
- Consider the publication timeline - does the journal do preprints? Digital Object Identifier?
- Title – longer more descriptive article titles attract more citations.
- Title (and Abstract) words are heavily weighted by search engines and a keyword-rich title will push your article towards the top.
- Write a clear Abstract, repeat key phrases (search engines search the Abstract)
- Write a Review - Citation rates of reviews are generally higher than other papers
- Use more references – strong relationship between no of references and citations.
- Open Access to underlying research data and materials – makes your paper very attractive Check the review period and on-line pre-prints.
- Publish in Open Access journals and Open Access Digital repository – greater access, visibility, digital access and some research funders insisting.
- International experts in your field (Scival can help identify potential collaborators)
- Multi author and multi institutes
- Correlation with higher citation rates
Promotion, Visibility and Accessibility
- Importance of Self Promotion, Networking and Visibility
- Participate in conferences and meetings – present your work at every opportunity
- Offer to give lectures or talk about your research.
- Build an online presence:
Create a website that lists your publications –include NUI Galway.
Use Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, ResearchGate, LinkedIn, Blogs, Youtube video, TedEd lesson etc
- Utilize both Institution and publisher press releases and public relations.
- Distribute reprints to scientists you have cited or to those who may find your work interesting.
- Publish in Open Access Journals and Open Access Digital repository – greater access, visibility, digital access and some research funders insisting.
Cite and you will be Cited
- Cite your colleagues, including those with results contrary to yours
- Cite leaders in your field and pertinent papers.
- Self Citations - Cite your own relevant work (limit to 3 or 4, only include Journal Papers)
and Finally - Make sure you get the credit for your work - see Publishing Guidelines for Researchers
- Manage your online identity – Consistent form of your name, ORCID ID
- Make sure you include National University of Ireland Galway/NUI Galway address in the correct form (no commas).
- Reclaim any misspelt citations by others – Scopus feedback service.
- Monitor your output ensuring bibliometric databases accurately capture your work.
• Ref: Effective Strategies for Increasing Citation Frequency: http://eprints.rclis.org/20496/1/30366-105857-1-PB.pdf
Institutional Reseach Office