Scholarly Impact Metrics

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Strategies to Maximize Your Impact

There are key steps researchers can take to make sure your work is discoverable and is credited to you.

  • Create Unique Researcher Identifiers
  • Create Researcher Profiles
  • Share Your Research Online
  • Take Steps to Broaden Your Impact

Create a Unique Researcher Identifier

Creating a unique ID and being consistent in how your name is listed as an author can greatly help in ensuring that all your work is collected under your name and associated with you as an individual. Also, be consistent in how your list your institutional affiliation.

ORCID is a service that assigns a persistent identifier to a researcher. This unique, persistent identifier number distinguishes you from other researchers with the same or similar names.

Many major funders and journal publishers mandate or strongly recommend that researchers and authors include their ORCID with their application or submission.

ResearcherID is another service that assigns unique identifiers to individuals to help distinguish authors from each other. ResearcherID integrates with Web of Science and is ORCID compliant.

Create Researcher Profiles

Share Your Research Online

The process of writing for publication often creates several outputs in addition to the final journal article, book, or book chapter. Consider posting slides from presentations, brief videos of presentations, data sets, or other materials online with a link to the official publication.

Take Steps to Broaden Your Impact

  1. Add postprints/white papers/drafts of work to your institutional repository, DigitalCommons@EMU, or to a disciplinary repository.
  2. Craft a work's title and abstract carefully. Repeat keywords so the work is highly relevant in search engines.
  3. Publish in open access journals or pay to have the work available open access in a subscription journal.
  4. Link your most recent research to your email signature.
  5. Discuss your research findings on a blog or through Twitter.
  6. Contribute to Wikipedia, either in a new entry or in the text and references of an existing entry.