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Research Visibility

This guide provides you the ways in raising your research visibility and information about the measurement of your research impact.


Now that your paper has been published - 
what else can you do to ensure that your work gets noticed by more people in the research community?

With around 2 million new articles published each year, researchers now have to consider what they can do to increase traffic to their publications. Technology has also made it increasingly easier for researchers to increase the visibility of their work through different networking and social media platforms.

By increasing a researcher's online presence, it helps raise the visibility of his research works thus increasing the potential of being discovered, downloaded and cited. 

This page outlines:

  • 3 Fundamental Things to Note Before Publishing
  • 5 Tips to Raise Your Research Visibility
  • 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication - Emerging Tools to Raise Research Visibility

Tips and suggestions

Tip 1: Manage your researcher profiles (ORCID, Scopus Author ID and ResearcherID) - Keep them updated, consistent and public 

Tip 2: Deposit your publications in PolyU Institutional Research Archive (PIRA)

Tip 3: Promote your research online with social media (blog, Twitter and LinkedIn)

Tip 4: Engage in academic social networks (Mendeley, ResearchGate,, etc.)

Tip 5: Identify the reach and visibility of your work with Altmetrics

1. Author Affiliation:

Use the institutional affiliation "Hong Kong Polytechnic University" in all publications. Other elements such as Faculty, Department or School, can be listed as the second or third element, as appropriate, but never at the expense of "Hong Kong Polytechnic University". By doing so, it ensures that the University receives credit. Also, your work will be easily accessible under the institutional affiliation of "Hong Kong Polytechnic University" in major citation databases like Web of Science and Scopus. 

2. Author Name:

Decide and use a consistent form of your name in all research outputs. This will help avoid the problem of author’s name ambiguity thus raising the accessibility of your work.

For example, use Wong Peter MK to publish in all research outputs consistently instead of using Wong Peter, Wong PMK or Wong Peter Meng Kwong interchangeably.

3. Journal Selection:

Publish in journals that are:

  • indexed by major citation databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science. This will increase the chances of your work being discovered, read and cited. Check the titles indexed in the databases using Scopus' Source title List and Web of Science's Master Journal list.
  • Open Access (OA). Studies show that publications in OA journals are cited more than those in non-OA journals. (Swan, 2010; Wagner, 2014; Wang, 2015).  Read the guide OA Publishing to learn more about open access publishing.

101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication is a project initiated by the Utrecht University Library, which aims to discover how the emerging tools and activities can be incorporated in the different stages of research workflows (Discovery, Analysis, Writing, Publication, Outreach and Assessment), and reform the landscape of scholarly communication.

101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication   

Open Science Workflows - putting the pieces together from Bianca Kramer on Vimeo.