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Resources for Early Career Researchers: Promoting Your Research

This guide is designed to assist early career researchers with research and publication related questions. It provides an overview of tools and resources for individuals who are just getting started in their research career.

Tips to Increase Your Visibility

 Archive your research in an open access repository

- Consider publishing in an open access journal. Consult the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) for trustworthy OA titles. 

- Link your research on a personal website to make it discoverable by Google Scholar and other search engines

- Include keywords and abstracts when linking your article to ensure they are easily discovered

- Develop your online identity using ORCIDScopus Author ID, Google Scholar profiles, and others. Link your NIH Biosketch and Scopus Author ID accounts to ORCID.

- Share publications with research management tools like Mendeley, ResearchGate,, Zotero, and others

- Share your data with Figshare

- Share your presentations with SlideShare

- Get credit for your peer review activities with Publons

Increasing the Visibility of Your Research


Bibliometrics is defined by Thomson Reuters as a way to evaluate research performance with citation data. Typically, bibliometrics involves measuring impact by counting citations, specifically by counting how many times a particular work has been cited by other works. It is also referred to as "traditional" metrics, because bibliometrics' figures such as the h-index, impact factor, and Eigenfactor have long been used in hiring and promotion decisions for faculty in certain fields. 

View our Citation Analysis page for definitions of terms, help with citation analysis, and tools to get you started. 

Alternative Metrics ("Altmetrics")

Altmetrics provide an alternative for measuring impact at the article or item level. The Altmetric score, displayed in a colorful donut badge, tracks the sharing and dissemination of scholarship in real time over various channels. 

  • Number of shares on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+)
  • Number of saves on social bookmarking sites and research managers (Mendeley, CiteULike, Slideshare)
  • Number of downloads or views
  • Number of blogs, news sites, and other commentary

View our Altmetrics page for more information. 


ImpactStory is an open-source web-based tool that helps researchers explore and share the diverse impacts of all their research products--traditional ones like journal articles, but also alternative products like blog posts, datasets, and software. 

  • Web-based application makes it easy to track the impact of a wide range of research artifacts.
  • Aggregates impact data from many sources, from Mendeley to Twitter, and also includes Scopus and PubMed. 
  • Output is displayed in a single, permalinked report. 

Get started with ImpactStory (registration required).


Sample Report: 



Information reused with permission rom University College Dublin Library's guide to Bibliometrics: