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Scholarly Impact Research Guide (Turchin)

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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