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Boost your academic profile: After Acceptance

Tips to help get your work seen and cited

Output accepted for publication - what next?

Congratulations, your output has been accepted for publication!

There is one very important thing to do now to make sure that you comply with university, funder and REF policies on Open Access. 

  • Deposit the author-accepted manuscript in the University of Reading's institutional repository, CentAUR, as soon as possible after acceptance. 

The CentAUR team will make sure that you have sent the correct version of your output and will check the publisher's policies on open access. It may be that your output may not be available to download from the repository for up to two years depending on the publisher's embargo. However, by making sure that the output is in the repository, you will fulfill your funder's policies on open access and your output should comply with the open access requirements for submissions to the next Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2021). 

Archiving

A laptop and diaryCongratulations, your output has been accepted for publication! 

There is one very important thing to do now to make sure that you comply with university, funder and REF policies on Open Access. 

  • Deposit the author-accepted manuscript in the University of Reading's institutional repository, CentAUR, as soon as possible after acceptance. 

The CentAUR team will make sure that you have sent the correct version of your output and will check the publisher's policies on open access. It may be that your output may not be available to download from the repository for up to two years depending on the publisher's embargo. However, by making sure that the output is in the repository, you will fulfill your funder's policies on open access and your output should comply with the open access requirements for submissions to the next Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2021). 

CentAUR is not just a compliance tool for authors. Each month, thousands of readers from across the world access the content in CentAUR and download the manuscripts. This can be a vital way for researchers without access to a well-resourced library to access the latest research. The access and download statistics for CentAUR are posted on the Open Research at Reading Blog each month. 

Promotion

Social media icons including Twitter and FacebookThere are lots of ways to promote your research and make sure that it reaches a larger audience.

Promotion tips

  • Link your works in CentAUR to your University staff webpage to increase visibility.
  • Use social media to drive traffic to your publications. Post on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn etc. 
    Make sure that you use the DOI of your publication in your post (or a shortened version created via bitly.com, ow.ly or tinyurl.com). This will direct readers to your publication easily and will also let tools like Altmetric and Plum Analytics keep track of any attention. 
  • Blog about your research to encourage ongoing discussion, record a podcast, make a video, or design an infographic.
  • Find links with current news stories – contact the University Press Office on pressoffice@reading.ac.uk as soon as a news story emerges.
  • Edit relevant Wikipedia pages, inserting text and references to your research.
  • Promote associated outputs such as research data or software code. Cite them by DOI or other unique identifiers.
  • Organise a conference for major outputs – contact the University Events Team on events@reading.ac.uk
  • Add the details of your latest publication to your email signature
  • If you are given an sharing link by a publisher (for example Share Links from Elsevier, SharedIt from Springer Nature), make sure that you use it to let others in your subject area access your research. 
  • Investigate tools such as Kudos that help authors to share their research by writing an accessible summary of their research to help you reach a wider audience. 

Sharing

Sharing your work can make sure that as many people as possible see and read your outputs

  • Upload permitted versions to Academia.edu, ResearchGate or Mendeley – and tag with keywords.
  • Send PDFs of your article to your peer network (if allowed by your publisher) – don’t assume they will see it in a journal.
  • Use shareable links provided by the publisher to disseminate your paper to your peers.
  • Include links to your latest publications in your email signature.

Share your research legally

Most publishers have details on how you can share your work on their websites. - see below for some useful links to publisher sites.
There's also a useful tool, howcanishareit that will tell you what permissions you have to share an article based on the doi. 

Tracking attention and impact

Results

After your research output is published, you'll want to track attention to it from your peers and possibly from the general public (depending on what type of research you are working on).

Immediate impact
To track immediate impact, you can use tools such as Altmetric Explorer and Plum Analytics (via Scopus). These tools pick up attention from social media and news platforms. Your publisher may also show downloads and views of your article on the journal website. 

Longer term impact
For longer term impact, tracking citations to your work can be interesting. Citations are often used as a measure of a researcher's or institution's impact and are often part of international league tables. 
Track citations to your research outputs via tools such as Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus, Dimensions or Microsoft Academic. If someone is citing you, they may be interested in your next paper.
If your output has been added to an institutional repository, such as CentAUR, you can also track downloads of your work from the repository.