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Scholarly Impact Research Guide

This guide provides information and instruction on the different types of metrics used to evaluate and locate one's scholarly metrics.

Tips for Enhancing Your Research Impact

Some suggestions on how you can make a bigger impact by way of traditional citation metrics, public policy, public education, and more:

  • Create an ORCID or Researcher ID to ensure your entire scholarly and professional career is captured easily
  • Update your ORCID and Google Scholar Profile regularly to ensure it is current
  • Have a web presence so people can find out more information about you and your work
  • Network via social media including twitter, ResearchGate, Mendeley, and LinkedIn
  • Create your own blog about your research
  • Publish your data, articles, slides, videos, figures, chapters, and software in open repositories 
  • If you are not on a tight deadline, aim high and try to publish in high impact journals 
  • Use standardized versions of your affiliation address using no abbreviations
  • If a publication is the result of a research study/group, add the research study/group as a corporate author and use it consistently. 
  • Formulate a concise, well-constructed title, and abstract for a work. Include crucial keywords in the abstract. 
  • Publish in open access (OA) journals. OA journals allow authors to retain rights to a work, allowing for the further dissemination of research.
  • Ensure your article is open access, even if the Journal itself is not OA. 
  • Collaborate with faculty, researchers and facilities located at other institutions, companies or organizations. 
  • Partner with Tulane's Media & PR Department to create press releases for the media. 
  • Publish in Journals indexed by major databases and Google Scholar
  • Create a "lay summary" that can go alongside your abstract. 
  • Promote via listservs, Slack channels, and other communities
  • Prepare an elevator speech
  • Network at conferences

Credits: Adapted from Tools for Authors, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University.

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