Scholarly Communication

Discovery Support

Tips for Authors

There are many ways researchers and authors can promote discovery of their papers and datasets. Authors can increase the impact of their article by:

  1. writing an optimized abstract;
  2. providing functional links to the full text;
  3. posting about the paper to forums and social networks

Optimizing for Search

Functional Links to Your Article

Not all links work equally well for promoting an article. The best links for promotion allow anyone who has the link access the final, published version of your paper and continue working for the foreseeable future. Open Access journals provide the most reliable option for having links that work for everyone.

Getting sharable links to subscription papers is more complicated.

Tips for sharable links to subscription articles
  • Ask the publisher for an author eprint link that enables access for limited number of researchers or for a short period.
  • Link to a preprint version hosted on an institutional, organization, or discipline repository. UCF’s STARS repository can host  your paper and provide a durable link if your publication agreement allows.

Promoting on Social and Professional Networks

Announce your article on open social media and post it to professional and academic networks. The social and professional networks alert scholars when you post new content, will alert you when others view your posts or download your content. They are searched by Google and tracked by Article Level Metrics tools. Some tools to consider:

  • Academia – A tool share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow.
  • LinkedIn– Th world’s largest professional network with 300 million members.
  • Mendeley –  A free reference manager and academic social network.
  • ResearchGate – A network for researchers and making it easy for them to share and access scientific output, knowledge, and expertise.
  • Twitter – the most popular micro-blog service.

Tips from Publishers

Publishers are happy to help you promote your article in their journal, and many provide helpful advice and resources.

Contact Athena Hoeppner for information about and help with Discovery Support.

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