Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Increase your citation rates - What is bibliometrics - Leeds University Library


Increase your citation rates

You can raise your research profile in a number of ways. Here are some suggestions, based on a literature review on improving citation counts, conducted in March 2014:

  • Make research outputs open access where possible
    Evidence shows that open access articles are cited significantly more than non-open access articles.
  • Where funding permits publish using the gold open access route where possible
    Publishing via the Gold open access route can result in research being made open access immediately for other researchers to read and cite.
  • Share your research data where possible
    Evidence suggests that clinical trials sharing their data were more frequently cited than those that did not. Sharing research data can make research more accessible and visible.
  • Use a consistent author name
    Evidence shows
    that using a consistent author name throughout a research career helps
    to improve retrieval of a researcher's whole output. Changing names
    throughout a career can make it difficult to associate different
    research outputs to the same author.
  • Use an author identification system
    Evidence suggests that using an author identification system such as ORCID or ResearcherID means
    that research outputs are accurately linked to a researcher's profile
    and as a result, improves the visibility of the research. These systems
    can be particularly useful in overcoming problems with inconsistent name
    formats, legal name changes, highly similar names, common names etc.
  • Include 'University of Leeds' in the institutional affiliation field of all research outputs
    the standardised institutional affiliation "University of Leeds" in all
    research outputs ensures they are clearly affiliated with the
    University of Leeds and as a result, improves the visibility of the
    research. It is also a University Publications Policy requirement.
  • Use online media to promote and link to your research
    suggests there are statistically significant associations between
    higher citations for articles and the use of various social networking
    sites such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and forums.
  • Collaborate with international authors across multiple institutionsEvidence
    suggests that international collaborations lead to higher citation
    rates. These increase the further apart collaborators are
    geographically. It is suggested that the combination of
    different promotion and disseminating opportunities of the collaborating
    institutions and less overlap between personal networks of authors can
    help to increase citation impact.
  • Collaborate with the corporate sector
    Evidence found that academic-corporate collaborations increase the citation impact of papers.
  • Publish review articles
    Evidence suggests that review articles typically produce more citations when compared to other types of papers.
  • Self-cite previous work when appropriate and relevantEvidence
    shows that the more an author cites their own work, the more the author
    is cited by other researchers. Self-citations should not always be
    considered improper, if the work being cited is relevant and

Increase your citation rates - What is bibliometrics - Leeds University Library

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