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Measure Your Research Impact

This guide covers some of the more common measures of author, journal, and article impact - what they are, and how to find them.

Claim Your Identity

Using an author ID will help distinguish you from other authors with similar names and will ensure that all your research output is grouped together - both good steps in broadening your impact.

Research Networks

There are many networks you can participate in to find collaborators and share you work. Other discipline-specific online communities also exist.

Additional Reading

Public in an Open Access Journal

Publishing in an Open Access (OA) journal can lead to increased visibility. This 2014 study founds that full-text downloads of OA papers were 89% higher and unique visitors were 23% higher than subscription access articles. SPARC (Scholarly Publishing And Academic Resource Coalition) Europe provides an up-to-date list of citation students and summaries of results.

There are many high impact open access journals to choose from, including PLOS Biology, Nature Communications, and BMC Medicine. You can speak with a librarian if you're unsure of open access journals in your discipline. 

The University Library offers an Open Access Author Fund for Cal State LA faculty to publish in Open Access journals.

Subject Repositories

Publishing your research (papers, data, video, pre-prints, codes) in a repository can also increase visibility. A few subject repositories are listed below and you can also visit OpenDOAR, a directory of open access repositories, to find others.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
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Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300