There are many places where you can share your works, either through an institutional repository like PIRA, or a scholarly social media platform such as ResearchGate. Here are a few tips for you before you share your works online.
1. Choose the right version of manuscript to share
Publishers usually make distinctions between three primary versions of a manuscript: the Pre-Print, the Post-Print and the Published version. Pre-Print is the original manuscript the authors submitted to the journal. Post-Print, or "final accepted manuscript", is the version that has gone through the peer review, accepted by the journal, but not yet copy-edited. Published version is the final formatted version that can be seen on publisher's site.
Different publishers may adopt different copyright and self-archiving policies. Many publishers allow authors to archive the Post-Print in an institutional repository, but may subject to an embargo period. Most publishers DO NOT allow sharing the published version online (except for those published in OA journals). As an author, you will benefit from sharing the appropriate version of your work. You do not need to worry about the citations – they are always attributed to the published version of your work.
2.Upload full-text in PIRA, instead of a commercial site
PIRA (PolyU Institutional Research Archive) is the institutional repository of PolyU. Upload your works into PIRA makes your research works permanently archived. Your publications will also become more visible and discoverable through Google and Google Scholar since everyone can view your work without subscription paywall.
PIRA accepts the deposit of Post-Print (or final accepted manuscript). To upload your works in PIRA, you can simply send your final accepted manuscripts to the Library by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The PIRA team will help you check and ensure that the appropriate version of the work is made available online at the right time in accordance to the publishers’ policy for self-archiving.
3. Send manuscript as soon as it is accepted before you forget!
If you wish to share your works in PIRA, make sure to send over the manuscript as soon as the paper gets accepted. This is because many people will not be able to locate this version after the final published version is online.
Why Deposit Works in PIRA
For the University
Showcase - A complete catalogue of your research and teaching activities in PolyU
Visibility - Discoverable by Google, Google Scholar, etc. thus increase the visibility of your works
Preservation - Works in PIRA are permanently archived for you
Networking - Let potential research collaborators locate you from PIRA profiles
Usage - Obtain number of views, cites and downloads for your works in PIRA
Impact - As an open access repository, showcasing your research works in PIRA can increase your chances of being discovered and then cited
A one-stop source to collect and showcase the department's researchers and research outputs
Department's research outputs and statistics can be obtained efficiently
Exposes and disseminates the University's research to the rest of the world
Maximizes the visibility and impact of PolyU's research
Showcases the University to industry, potential collaborators, prospective staff and students and other stakeholders
Encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary research