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Promotion & Tenure Resource Guide

This guide is intended to provide resources useful to individuals who need to evaluate research and its impact. It includes journal acceptance rates, citation analysis, impact factors, journal rankings, creating publication lists, etc.


Methods for increasing visibility (and their acceptability) vary in each discipline.The following are merely suggestions/ideas to get you thinking:

  • Include publications in an Institutional Repository - such as the Digital Repository @ ISU - and provide full-text of it (if publisher allows).
  • Include publications in an online Subject Repository - such as AgEcon Search,, RePEc, SSRN, etc.
  • Publish in an Open Access journal or self-archive it (if publisher allows).
  • Publish/share data associated with your research - for more information see Data & Text Repositories guide.
  • Publish in an online journal with search features allowing users to find articles that cite it. For example, see "cited by" features in Highwire Press journal articles.
  • Share publications using social networking tools such as Mendeley, ResearchGate, SlideShare, figshare, blogs, etc.
  • Create an online presence utilizing tools such as ORCiD ID, Researcher ID, Google Scholar Citations profile and link to your profile on university webpages, vitae, and/or within email signatures.
  • List/link publications on personal websites or university webpages that are trawled by Google Scholar - specifically not behind a login screen such as that of Canvas or Moodle.
  • List as recommended reading on a website (but not buried behind a login).
  • Bone up on how to influence Google page rankings - Facebook shares, back links, and social media mentions are the top ways to increase page visibility in search engine result pages.
  • Keywords and abstracts play a vital role in researchers retrieving an article - especially for indexes or search engines that do not have the full-text of the article available. Be sure to identify numerous synonyms and use terms that you used in conducting your own literature review.
  • Publish thought-provoking, critical pieces or literature reviews - these traditionally have higher citation rates as do those dealing with hot topics.

For additional information specific to a given discipline, we recommend consulting senior faculty in your department.

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