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Documenting Impact & Increasing Visibility

Examples and tutorials for documenting and improving scholarly visibility and impact.


This guide is intended to be helpful to someone looking for information to showcase their scholarly efforts and increase the visibility of their research. Traditionally, the main metric has been numbers of times publications have been cited. In the electronic age, this has expanded to include non-traditional elements such as number of webpage visits (e.g., for tutorials authored), download statistics for PDF, Excel, or Word documents, the author h index, and altmetrics. Similarly, increasing visibility can now include a wide variety of ideas beyond shameless self-promotion (such as publishing in open access venues, creating an online presence via website or tool such as ImpactStory or a Google Citations Profile).

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