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Boost your academic profile: Preparing Publications
This free handbook, published with a CCBY licence, is available from the LSE.
Use a consistent name and affiliation in your publications
One simple way to make sure that your research outputs are correctly assigned to you (and to your institution) is to standardise the way in you refer to yourself and the format of your affiliation.
Your affiliation must always be ‘University of Reading’ and this should come first, before any departmental or other affiliation
Always use the same format for your names and initials on every output.
Use your University email firstname.lastname@example.org
Use your ORCID iD when you submit your manuscript.
If you have changed your name through marriage, divorce, deedpoll or gender reassignment, you can make sure that outputs in different names are aggregated by adding the name variations to your ORCID record.
Molly M. King, Carl T. Bergstrom, Shelley J. Correll, Jennifer Jacquet, and Jevin D. West
First Published December 8, 2017
What to consider before you start writing
Write clear titles and abstracts
Think what keywords/phrases your audience might search for.
You can use tools such as Scopus and Web of Science to perform your own test searches to see what kind of articles are selected based on your proposed article title.
Use keywords and phrases in the title, and repeatedly in the abstract.
This will help to make the paper more discoverable by search engines.
Produced by Elsevier it uses bibliometric information from the Scopus database from 1996 onwards. By looking at citation data, it is possible to visualise the overall research performance of groups or institutions, perform benchmarking across groups and institutions and investigate possible collaborative partnerships. SciVal offers a broad range of metrics such as productivity, citation impact, collaboration, disciplinarity, snowball metrics and power metrics.
Use SciVal to:
create data sets for groups of researchers that can represent actual research teams, departments, schools or international collaboration groups;
create publication sets based on a particular affiliation or a grant award;
create groups of publication sets to represent those that might be submitted to national evaluations, e.g. the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF);
use a range of metrics to evaluate different aspects of research performance across different disciplines.
International collaboration makes up an increasing, high citation-impact share of research output, but the UK’s collaboration with key partners is threatened by its decision to leave the EU. Data show that about 85% of US and UK international collaboration is with only one or two partners, usually among other ‘leading’ research economies. Although highly multi-national research (10 or more authors) is growing more rapidly than total research output, it actually remains scarce (about 1% of all collaboration) among the established research economies. Analysis also shows that the ‘citation bonus’ contributed by international collaboration is in fact both specific and limited; it should therefore be interpreted with some care. For example, citation impact trends look different for two-country and multi-country collaborations involving the same countries. Impact also increases but then plateaus with increasing numbers of partners. Further, we find that massively multi-national papers are of such a different kind that we suggest they should be excluded from standard citation analysis.
Share your research data and materials
The open research movement encourages researchers to share software, data and protocols in order to increase the pace of research and make research open to as many people as possible.
Sharing the underlying data and software code used in your research publications can lead to greater transparency and should aid reproducibility. Several journals now insist that the data supporting a research article are submitted along with the article manuscript. If you deposit your data in a suitable repository you may be able to assign a DOI to the data. This can help others find and cite your research data.
Share your supporting data and other materials, such as software code, using a data repository. Search for a repository at re3data.org, or use the University’s Research Data Archive
Cite and link to the data from your publication using a DOI or other unique identifier.