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How to publish a scientific paper: Maximizing impact

Maximizing impact

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Create a personal research communication strategy:

1. Register for an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). ORCID enables you to link your publications to a persistent searchable ID.

2. Make your work Open Access: "...accounting for age and discipline, OA articles receive 18% more citations than average." (Piwowar et al. 2018).

3. Share your data to increase your work's visibility:

  • Good data practices (Dryad Repository)
  • FAIR data principles (GO FAIR)
  • re3data (Registry of Research Data Repositories)
  • NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (effective January 25, 2023):
    • Requires Data Management and Sharing Plan as part of the application for NIH grants
    • Scientific data are defined as "The recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate and replicate research findings, regardless of whether the data are used to support scholarly publications."
    • Data should be made available at the time of publication or by the end of the award period, whichever comes first

4. Talk up your paper with colleagues and at conferences

5. Promote your paper on social media (blogs, Twitter, etc.)

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