How to increase the probabilities of your papers to be cited?

citationThe dissemination and impact of research for academics is increasingly vital, either to find a position/tenure or to earn prestige. And this impact is being measured by some publishing companies by the number of citations that your publications have from other authors.

Although the main focus should be on research and writing good papers, and knowing that  the current citation system could be improved, we should also consider to sell our publications a little bit; let’s call it “citation marketing”.

What do you do to increase the probabilities of your papers to be cited?

1. Distribute early your research as working papers or technical reports.

2. Include your papers in your website, your profile in Linkedin, FB or other communities.

3. Publish in indexed and open access journals.

4. Active selling, as promoting your manuscripts in web discussions, blogs, or conferences.

5. Other activities (please add them in the comments).

6. I do nothing.

7. I do not believe in impact indicators.

9 Responses to How to increase the probabilities of your papers to be cited?

  1. Carlos Ballesteros says:

    sometimes we forget that there is “something previous”: find an interesting, original, timeliness topic! that results of great interest for the academic( and non academic) community.

  2. Stephen Michael Everhart, Professor of Law says:

    Publish your “papers” in a small book. Self Publish this organized collection of your work so you retain the IP rights to what you produce. Hand out your books to your colleagues as you go around to your speaking engagements, like business cards. Don’t charge a thing for your books, if you are using your work for self promotion/getting cited. If you are trying to make money on your “little” books, then use google to find ways to advertise your “little” book and use an online service to collect the money.

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