There are many things you can do to enhance the visibility of your research:
There are various types of sites and services that are important in fostering your visibility:
You might try one or more of these:
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-proprietary, international ID that provides you with a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. It is strategically important because it enables all databases to automatically link publications to you by your ORCID. At ORCID you can create a profile, link it to your Scopus ID, ResearchID and/or import publications from a so-called crossref search. Further functionality is being developed.
ResearchGate is a very large (originally German) researcher community linking researchers around topics. It is frequently used to ask questions to collegues all over the world that have the same set of interests and specialisations. You can choose which topics or researchers to follow. You can automatically populate your publications list or add items from reference management tools or add manually. You can even upload and share full text publications (e.g. last author versions that many publishers allow you to share).
Academia.edu is a large researcher community. Just as ResearchGate it connects scholars around topics. You can add papers through a built in search using Microsoft Academic, PubMed and ArXiv. You can also add ful text. The process is easy, but the coverage not as comprehensive as Google Scholar.
One of the steps towards visibility and efficient reference management is a Mendeley account. Mendeley is an Elsevier-owned reference management tool that is used by millions of researchers, offers immediate readership statistics and has strong social functions. Probably many of your publications are already present in the Mendeley database, but with your own account you can make sure that all of them are. And you can do much, much more.
Of course, for the reference management function of Mendeley there are many alternatives, such as Zotero, Endnote, RefWorks and more. See Library Guides on citation management.
NC DOCKS (NC Digital Online Collection of Knowledge and Scholarship) is a statewide digital repository of faculty scholarly work as well as electronic theses and dissertaitons managed locally by Appalachian State Library. Faculty members can deposit journal articles, conference papers, presentations, and other scholarly products they wish to share with the world -- with scholars and students who may otherwise be unable to access them online. NC DOCKS records the number of views of each item to give you a general idea of the use of your works in the open access repository.
The benefits of putting your papers in Appalachian State's web-accessible institutional repository are many:
(1) The main benefit is increased citations and impact for you! Studies I can share with you show that traditionally published articles that are also posted in a IR receive a significantly greater number of citations than others not posted. They simply get more readers who can find them on the web.
(2) You will be helping the many researchers around the world who cannot afford subscription or have no access to interlibrary loan.
(3) You will also have a convenient place on a stable web site to refer colleagues and students even if you move or retire.
Getting your articles and conference papers into NC DOCKS is simple:
(1) Just let the one of the NC DOCKS Librarians know (listed below) you are interested and send him/her a list of your pubs (a CV will do). They will check the publishers' policies to see which allow self-archiving and then begin building your open access archive.
(2) They may need to get back to you for some author versions of the final drafts.
(3) Ideally, it is good practice to send them the final Word documents of articles submitted to publishers after you receive confirmation of publication.
To make your scholarship and data open access in NC DOCKS contact:
Business: Leslie Farison, email@example.com, 828-262-2789
Health Sciences: John Wiswell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 828-262-7853
Humanities: Alex McAllister, email@example.com, 828-262-8472
Social Sciences, Education & other areas: Allan Scherlen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 828-262-2285
Whether you like it or not, Google Scholar is by far the most widely used bibliographical tool for scholarly publications. It has a problem however, and that is metadata control. You can enhance your findability by creating an account and telling Google which publications in their database are yours. After taking these steps searches on your name will show your profile on top of the results. The profile itself shows your list of publications in Google Scholar with basic metrics. Besides journal papers, it may also include books and reports.
Note: Because new articles are automatically added to authors' profiles it is wise to check regularly, because in rare cases articles may be wrongly attributed to you.
ResearcherID is the profile tool from Thomson Reuters, the owners of Web of Science and the Journal Citation Reports. Researcher ID offers a public profile. You can choose what to show publicly. Researcher ID is also important as a basis to provide feedback to Web of Science for grouping author name variants or corrections to affiliations.
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