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Impact of journal choice on your citation count

We looked at basic tips on optimizing the impact of your research here. Still on the subject of visibility of your research, the choice of journal you publish in needs careful attention. Here are factors to consider;

  1. The most basic question to consider is if the journal is available online. Publishing in a print only journal will greatly limit access and visibility of your research.
  2. Publish in an open access journal. Directory of Open Access Journals is a good place to help in identifying authentic and authoritative open access journals. Browse by subject to get an idea of the journals that are available on your subject.
  3. Choose a journal that KU has subscribed This means that any staff or student in any university in Kenya is able to access the full text of your work hence increasing the chances of being cited.
  4. Target a journal with a high impact factor. The SCImago Journal & Country Rank portal is an authoritative source of information on journal impact factor. The portal can also help in identifying a journal you can publish in.
  5. Target a journal with high visibility. The most basic indexing site you should check on is Google Scholar. To check if the journal is indexed by Google scholar, search for it here. It is also important to find out if it is indexed in electronic databases. It would be even better if it is indexed in subject specific electronic databases in your discipline.

NB: Some journals are now fraudulently claiming to be indexed by different indexing sites. Confirm and verify by searching for the journal on the sites.

Promoting your research for increased visibility

We gave you some basic tips on making your research more visible here. Now we try and focus on how to promote your published research for increased visibility. Here are some helpful insights;

  1. Present your work at conferences.
  2. Publishers often give an author free author eprints. Eprints are a link you can share with colleagues and friends, giving them free access to your article. Make use of them.
  3. Provide a link to your latest article in your email signature. You could also share it in your email signature as a QR code for easier access
  4. Make your publications visible with online services such as LinkedIn, Google Scholar, Mendeley, Twitter and Microsoft Academic Search.


Optimising the impact of your research

Visibility and impact of research as a tool for evaluating researchers and awarding research funds is becoming increasingly important. Having accomplished the often daunting task of publishing your work in the right journal, you need to actively embark on optimizing the impact of your work. Here are a few basic tips on improving your citation count.

  1. Create a Google scholar profile.
  2. Submit your research to the library ( for uploading to the Kenyatta University Institutional Repository.
  3. Get an author id. This helps you showcase your research from one account and track your citation counts. Examples of author ids are ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID), and ResearcherID . The great thing is that once you create an account in either of the two the data can be shared.
  4. Other platforms that will make your research more visible are Researchgate, and Kudos

 Remember to keep your account profiles updated.

Nb: Your profile should be as complete as possible. Use your corporate email and get your affiliation right!

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