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Scholarly Impact Research Guide (Matas)

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

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
  • 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 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. 
  • Issue press releases for significant findings, and partner with your institution's marketing department to deliver results to local media outlets
  • Publish in Journals indexed by major databases and Google Scholar
  • Publish your data, articles, slides, videos, figures, chapters, and software in open repositories 

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

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