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Measuring Your Research Impact

This guide will help researchers to measure and increase the impact of their published work.

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Learn About:

  • New Forms of Scholarly Communication

  • Advantages of Sharing Openly

  • Tools for Sharing

  • Where to Publish

Where to Publish

Where you publish will affect the impact of your work. Consider factors such as the following in deciding where to publish:

  • Quality of the journal
    What is the journal's ranking on metrics such as impact factor and what about the reputation of the editor and reviewers?

  • Relevance
    Does the journal publish articles of the type you want to submit? Does it reach the audience you want?

  • Open access
    Does the journal make articles available online for no charge when published? Or does the journal at least allow a post-reviewing version of the article to be made available for no charge?

  • Discoverability
    Is the journal indexed by major tools in its discipline?

  • Policies of your department and college
    Does your department or college place emphasis on particular journals for promotion and tenure purposes?

Where to find information about particular journals:

  • The journal or journal publisher's web site.

  • Ulrichsweb 
    Provides bibliographic details on more than 300,000 periodicals, U.S. and non-U.S.
    Entries include details such as whether refereed, where indexed, and contact information.

  • Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities 
    Provides publishing information for journals in business, education, health, and psychology disciplines.

    Journal entries include details such as Journal Citation Reports Journal Impact Factor, acceptance rate, type of manuscript review process, acceptance rate, time to review, turnaround time, and plagiarism screen.

  • SHERPA/RoMEO Publisher Copyright Policies & Self-Archiving  
    Provides publisher/journal policies on handling of author's pre-print, author's post-print, publisher's version/PDF, and general conditions regarding archiving on personal website, department website, and institutional repositories.

Participate in New Forms of Scholarly Communication

There are many new forms of scholarly communication, networking, collaboration, and sharing that supplement traditional methods.

The new forms of scholarly communication include things like blogs, tweets, podcasts, videos, and so on. New forms of connecting with the research community include institutional repositories like UNI ScholarWorks, interdisciplinary scholarly networking tools like ResearchGate, and discipline-specific repositories.

Using these new methods makes it more likely that your work will be noticed, read, cited, and contribute to the scholarly discussion. 

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Share Openly Online

Research that is shared openly (free to all) will be available to faculty and students at all universities as well as other types of researchers, as opposed to being available only to those at organizations with the funds to purchase such materials.

Accepted Manuscripts (post refereeing, pre-publication)
Many publishers allow this version of a manuscript to be made openly available online.  The SHERPA/RoMEO directory provides details on publisher copyright policies and self-archiving.

Author Addendum
The Iowa Board of Regents encourages faculty, students, and employees to seek to retain intellectual property rights to the articles they publish in journals and other publications.  The UNI Faculty Senate has endorsed a resolution encouraging contributions to the UNI institutional repository, UNI ScholarWorks. The UNI Author Addendum is a tool that can be used in working with publishers to retain rights.

Connect With the Research Community

UNI ScholarWorks and Other Institutional Repositories
UNI ScholarWorks is the name of the UNI institutional repository.  Its purpose is to showcase work done by UNI students, faculty, and staff and make it available permanently. Work by current UNI faculty may be archived on the institutional repositories at other universities.

How does UNI ScholarWorks compare with other ways of sharing noted below?  UNI ScholarWorks is a long term investment of the university. Commercial companies may not be around in the long term. Rod Library will do all the work for you including the rights checking and building your faculty profile page (SelectedWorks.) Research Gate and require you to do all rights checking on publications that you post.

Interdisciplinary Scholarly Networking Tools  
This a platform that can be used to upload and share papers, obtain analytics such as document views and followers, and track particular researchers.

This also is a platform that can be used to upload and share papers, obtain analytics such as reads, citations, profile views,  followers, h-index, and impact points.

Other Discipline or Subject-Oriented Repositories

Many disciplines such as economics (IDEAS) maintain their own respositories to which authors can upload papers and obtain analytics such as ranking with other authors, most cited item, and most downloaded item.