Increasing the impact of your Research
A Guide for Authors and Researchers
This guide is meant to direct you on how to post and access reliable scientific information so as to help you make better and informed decisions. Your research work is only relevant if other people are able to make use of. This information therefore, will guide you on how to measure the impact of your research and how to get your work cited by others in your research field.
Traditionally, measures of an author’s impact on his/her research field is measured by determining how widely the research work has been cited by other academic researchers or authors. Citation metrics are used to measure the number of times that a research work has been cited by other researchers and authors. For further understanding and critique of these metrics, read the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
H-Index – It is the most widely used research metric of all. It measures both productivity(number of publications) and the impact of the research publications based on the number of times the publication has been cited. It is available for use on both web of science and Google Scholar.
- G-Index – It strives to add more weight to highly cited research publications. Its calculation is based on the distribution of research citation received by a given author’s publications. It was introduced in 2006 by Leo Egghe.
- i10-Index – It is used by Google Scholar to measure the productivity of a researcher. It shows the number of a researcher’s publications that have been cited at least ten times by other scholars. It was developed and introduced in Jully 2011 by Google. It is only available for use on Google Scholar.
To get you started on measuring the impact of your research publications, several tools are available, some of which are free. The following list shows the three most commonly used tools by scholars around the world:
It provides you access to some of the world’s leading citation databases with multi-disciplinary content from over 12,000 journals worldwide and over 15,000 conference proceedings.
Click on the link above to get a google scholar account. You will need to have a google account. Based on the number of your publications and how many times they have been cited, Google scholar will automatically calculate your h-index and i10-index and show you how many times your work has been cited by others. Google scholar also provides you with options to either make your profile public or private. If you choose to make it public, then your profile will appear in Google’s search results and thus more people will be able to view your research publications.
BROADENING YOUR RESEARCH IMPACT
There are a number of platforms that you can use as an academic author to publish your research work and thus consequently reach a much wider audience well beyond the borders of your research community. There are also many discipline-specific online collaboration platforms that academic researchers can use to broaden the reach and impact of their research work. These include but are not limited to the following:
1. Academia.edu is an online platform where you can share your publications, see analytics on your publications and profile and also follow other authors and publication in your research field. At the time of this writing this guide, Academia.edu had well over 7 million researchers with the number still growing. Go to Academia.edu to sign-up and get started sharing your academic publications with over 7million researchers and academic authors. Signing up is easy. You can use your Facebook or Google accounts to get started.
2. Linkedin is the world’s largest professional network that boasts of over 250 million users. With LinkedIn, you are able to connect with other professionals in your discipline and share with them your research publications. Click on this link to join linkedin.
3. Mendeley – It is not just a platform to help you share and collaborate with other researchers, it also organizes, indexes, and even stores your documents in the cloud to make the entire process of document management easy. Use this link to join Mendeley.
4. ResearchGate - ResearchGate offers you three main features: making your research visible to the world, connecting/collaborating and giving you statstistics about views, downloads and citations of your research work.
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