How to Maximize Your Impact
There are various strategies, services, and tools that can help you enhance your visibility and the impact of your research.
Create and use an Author identifier
Using an author ID will help distinguish you from other researchers, assist you in disambiguating your work from the work of others, and make it much easier to ensure that all your research output is grouped together.
Build a Researcher profile and/or join a Research network
Building your academic profile online can help increase your visibility, establish your area of expertise, highlight your research interests, and assist you in finding potential collaborators. By creating and managing your own profile, you provide and promote accurate and complete information about your research and career.
There are a variety of profile platforms available with slightly different focuses.
- Academia.edu (free)
Network for researchers to share research and discover research being done by others.
- LinkedIn (free)
Social networking tool for professionals in all fields. A LinkedIn profile is similar to an online CV. You can search LinkedIn for people in particular fields of work or with a particular affiliation.
- Mendeley (free)
Known also as a citation management tool, Mendeley includes a social networking element. Researchers can create profiles and build and share their libraries of citations. Mendeley tracks how often citations are saved to libraries as a type of altmetric.
- ResearchGate (free)
Social network for scientists enabling sharing of research, collaboration, and some altmetrics. It also has active Q and A forums where you can get help and advice.
Ways to enhance and maximize your research impact and visibility:
- Network and publicize your research on social media and other services such as Twitter and Kudos.
- Share your data.
- Evaluate and select where to publish
- Share an early version (pre-print) of your paper (arXiv, RePEc, SSRN, bioRxiv etc.).
- Track and verify your peer review work using publons.