by Brian Gray
Last Updated Jun 23, 2021
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There are three key factors that can help in increasing the research impact:
VISIBILITY - increased visibility means larger audience
write to be found: write effective titles and abstracts, assign keywords, tags, and subjects, use synonyms, use SVG images (so there could be indexed and retrieved)
consider publishing negative or inconclusive results
enhance your publications with supplemental materials (tables, datasets, filesets, presentations, video and audio files, etc)
retain copyright - this will allow you to maximize your options for dissemination
choose open access publishing (open access, fee-based open access, or delayed open access journals)
use social media to disseminate information on your papers and research
develop your academic profile so it will include all your academic and social media scholarly activity (post manuscripts of publications, conference abstracts, and supplemental materials such as images, illustrations, slides, specimens, blogs, podcasts,etc.) and the extent of your academic network.
CONSISTENCY - ensure that all your works are collected under your name
create your unique ID - eliminate author ambiguity by creating unique identifiers for each scholar
claim wrong citations to your papers
use same author name variation
use standardized institutional affiliation
create and keep public profiles up-to-date
AVAILABILITY - ensure permanent and stable access to your work
have a data management plan
get permanent identifiers for your work (DOI, ARK, EZID)
post your publications to open access repositories
Tools for maximizing impact
Negotiate with publishers before signing publisher agreements
Use Case Author Addendum to secure your non-exclusive rights.
Enhance your publications with supplemental materials
Supplemental material with your article makes it more discoverable
Supplemental materials can be cited independently, increasing the impact of your work
Ensures you meet your funder's requirements.
Select Publishers with Open-Access or Delayed Open Access Journals
To check publishers' open access policies use Sherpa/RoMEO website. Many publishers offer a hybrid open access publishing model, where the authors retain the copyright and the publishers are granted publishing and distribution rights. This model requires a publication fee from the authors. For publication fees, check the list developed by University of California Berkeley. Other publishers offer open access after a embargo period. See HighWire Press's list of embargo from a variety of publishers or Elsevier's list of journals with open access embargo.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - comprehensive list of journals that publish only open access content. Note that some of these journals may require a publication fee for authors.
JURN directory - arts & humanities ejournals listed free, or offer significant free content.
BioMed Central - an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 256 peer-reviewed open access journals.
Be cautious of the dubious open access publishers!
International Standard Name Identifier
ISNI is the ISO certified global standard number for identifying the millions of contributors to creative works and those active in their distribution, including researchers, inventors, writers, artists, visual creators, performers, producers, publishers, aggregators, and more.
Tool that allows ORCID registrants to import data from their ISNI profile to their ORCID profile