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Scholarship Impact Metrics

Introduction to scholarship impact metrics and the ways to increase the overall impact.

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Maximize Impact

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

    • Retain copyright
      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.
    • Establish professional profile

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