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Scholarly Publishing: Publishing Impact

Increasing and Demonstrating your Impact

This page is intended to provide scholars with methods to make their publications more discoverable and help them demonstrate the reach of their work.

Journal Impact Factor

  • Sometimes university departments use Journal Impact Factors as a way to evaluate the quality of articles. This is not the way Eugene Garfield intended JIFs to be used. They are a measure of how well cited a journal is, not a measure of the quality of articles in that journal.
  • Here is a resource to learn more about JIFs: The History and Meaning of the Journal Impact Factor by Eugene Garfield, Journal of the American Medical Association

Academic Profiles

  • Before posting articles to a proprietary site, investigate your publisher agreement for reuse of your work

  • The university's repository is a more reliable plan for long term preservation of your work

  • Consider making profiles on the following sites to increase attention for your work:


H Index

  • "A scientist has index h if h of his or her Np papers have at least h citations each and the other (Np-h) papers have h citations each." - J.E. Hirsch
  • Read more about Hirsch's H Index in "An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output"
  • To find an H Index, visit:
  • Critiques of the H Index:
    • Cannot be used to compare authors from different disciplines
    • Does not account for co-author order and varying contribution levels
    • Citations are not necessarily a measure of quality
    • Does not decrease when an author's productivity wanes


Increasing Impact

  • Upload accepted manuscripts to the Institutional Repository or a subject repository so your work is publicly accessible
  • Retain your rights to reuse your work when you publish (Use the SPARC author addendum)
  • Add your work to citation platforms like Mendeley and Zotero
  • Use social media sites like Twitter to publicize your research

Name Disambiguation

Book Impact

  • Use WorldCat to discover how many libraries hold your book
  • Was it reviewed? Where?
  • What are the sales figures?