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Where Should I Publish My Article?

Linda Neyer and Katie Yelinek, two Bloomsburg University faculty librarians, present ideas and strategies in a TALE Spring 2017 Seminar, on April 12th.

Regardless of whether you choose Open Access or Traditional Publishing, here are 4 things you can do to increase the visibility and impact of your research.


1. Get a unique author identifier ORCID to distinguish yourself and your work from that of all other researchers.

ORCID ID, with over 3 million users has become the identifier of choice for researchers, publishers, funding organizations and research institutions. This identifier is used in manuscript and data submission processes and embedded into metadata to permanently link an author with their research outputs. It is also used by funders to streamline grant application processes and by research organizations to track and report on research activities of their researchers.


2. Share the output of your research.

Publications, preprints, conference papers and posters, presentations, research data, video, code are all evidence of your research activity.  By making them all publicly accessible you increase your visibility, preserve your outputs and make them available for future use.  Moreover, many research funders in the US and overseas require that both publications and underlying data are made available in open access.  A comprehensive list of open access requirement for US Federal, US private and international funders can be found at Carnegie Mellon University Library website.

Great places to make your research outputs available openly are institutional and subject repositories.  OpenDOAR is a comprehensive database of open access repositories.  

Popular publication subject repositories include:
  • AgEcon (Agriculture and Applied Economics) maintained by University of Minnesota's Department of Applied Economics 
  • ArXiv - (pre-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics)  Currently maintained by Cornell University Library
  • CiteSeer - (Computer and Information Science)  maintained by College of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University
  • PhilPapers - (Philosophy) maintained by the Center for Digital Philosophy at University of Western Ontario
  • PubMedCentral - is a repository for US federally funded research outputs in Medicine.  It is required for all publications supported by NIH (and some other US federal agencies) funding to be deposited in PubMedCentral.  This site explains the mandate and the process.
  • Research Papers in Economics (Repec) - is a collaborative effort of volunteers in 86 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics and related sciences. It is a bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components.

  •  Social Science Research Network (SSRN) - aims at early dissemination of social science, business, law and economics research.  It allows for deposit of both abstract of working papers and upcoming publications as well as full text of published outputs. 
Sharing research data 

General science repositories, such as figshareDryad Digital Repository or Mendeley Data, handle a variety of data and may be appropriate for storage of associated analyses, or experimental-control data, as a supplement to the primary data record.

Sharing other research outputs

Slideshare, while not exclusive to the research communityis great for sharing your presentations.  It supports PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote and OpenDocument file types and provides basic usage statistics. F1000Research is an option for researchers in life sciences.  It allows for free deposit of research posters and presentations (please note that publishing articles on the website incurs processing fees).  If you develop code, GitHub may be a great place to deposit it. 
 

3. Create and keep up to date an online profile (or a web CV)

These could be simply your personal and institutional web pages or commercial services allowing you to highlight your professional accomplishments and areas of expertise.  Below you will see a more detailed description of  few such tools. These tools, apart from simply allowing you to list your research outputs will also provide you with additional information relating to their use and impact (for instance, citation counts, downloads or attention on the social web).

 Google Scholar Citation Profile is a popular tool to showcase your research outputs alongside citations  associated with these outputs.  It also calculates some basic bibliometric indicators of impact such as h-index  and i10-index. Note, you will need a Google account in order to create your profile.

ImpactStory is a free online tool that allows you to showcase your research outputs (publications, presentations, data, code, posters, etc.) together with measures of their impact.  Impact story uses ORCID profiles to find and import scholarly works.  To make sure that your Impact story has all your outputs, make sure that you import them to ORCID and sync your ORCID profile with Impactstory. You can view a sample ImpactStory CV here. ImpactStory gets its data from Altmetric.com and Mendeley for tracing impact and CrossRef and ORCID for identity management and metadata.

 Kudos is a new service that helps researchers promote their research outputs.  It is currently free to use  and allows you to showcase your publications by creating links to full text and including additional  information like short title, lay language explanation, impact statement and link to additional related content such as underlying data, code, video, slides, etc.  In addition, it offers a streamlined process of sharing your content via social media and allows you to monitor the results of that activity.


4. Participate in academic social networking communities

Another way to disseminate your research and gain reputation is through active engagement in research networking communities. These services will allow you to create profiles, showcase your research outputs, identify communities of interest and participate in discussions by posting and answering questions in your network.  All of them will also let you know about impact of your activates in these networks, for instance downloads of your publications, views of your profile and levels of your activity as compared to others in the network.

ResearchGate launched in 2008 and with over 7 million members, is a very popular academic social network. It is multidisciplinary in scope and has relatively more features compared to its competitors thus supporting more mechanisms for gaining reputation. It can be used for sharing publications, connecting with colleagues, collaboration, Q&A and job searches. It is also one of the few platforms that assign scores to members. It allows members to create detail profile, upload files and monitor impact of their outputs and their own activity in the network.

Academia.edu is another multidisciplinary academic networking site. It was launched in 2008 and boost over 13 million members. It is good for showcasing publications and provides basic statistics relating to their downloads. It has a strong profile and CV feature, great for showcasing your achievements and expertise. Available measures of impact include counts for: profile views, document views, document downloads, unique visitors, external links to documents, geographic distribution of visitors and referrals.

Copied, with changes and permission, from the "How to Increase the Visibility of Your Research" guide, created by the Bibliometrics group at the University of Pittsburgh: http://pitt.libguides.com/researchvisibility


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