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 Collaboration 

  • 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 University of 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 University of Galway address in the correct form.
  • 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:

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