How to Improve the Citation of your Research Paper?

If you want to progress in your academic career you have to do some quality research work but at the same time, doing only research work won’t help. You have to let the world know about your research work, for which you have to publish your research work. It is often said “Publish early and often”. The number of times your work is cited is also important because it indicates the impact that your research is making. Increasing your citation count can also have a positive impact on your career because funding agencies often look at a combination of the number of papers and the number of citations while taking grant decisions.

Few techniques for improving citation are:

· Cite your past work when it is relevant to a new manuscript. However, do not give reference of every paper you have written just to increase your citation count.

· Carefully choose your keywords. Choose keywords that researchers in your field will be searching for, so that your paper will appear in a database search.

· Use your keywords and phrases in your title and repeatedly in your abstract. If you do so, it improves the chances that your paper will reflect on the top of the search engine lists of articles. This in turn increases the chances of your paper being read and cited.

· Use a consistent form of your name on all of your papers. By doing so, it will help the researchers to find all the work published by you.

· Make your manuscript easily accessible. If your paper is not published in an open-access journal, post your publication prints to a repository. Printed articles seem to carry additional prestige and online access increases the article’s (and author’s) visibility. Traditionally, seeing one’s work and name in print has been a matter of great pride and pleasure for authors. However having one’s article printed in a journal that is also available online is the most desirable situation.

· Share your data. There are evidences that sharing your data can increase your citations. Consider contributing to Wikipedia and providing links to your published manuscripts. Publication in a double blind peer reviewed journal is the preferable goal of most research articles.

· Try to publish your work in Journals which undergo a process of peer review. Even though it’s a time consuming process but peer review validates your work and helps you in your career advancement. It also increases the chances of getting funds for further studies.

· Provide links of your papers on social media sites and on your institute’s/ university’s profile page. Create page of your Facebook profile and share research updates on it. Similarly follow the same process in Linkedin and other social sites.

· Actively promote your work. Talk as much as you can to other researchers about your published papers. You can email your paper as soon as it get published to all the people in your contact list.Use blogs and podcasts to leverage on-going researcher discussion on the Internet. Wikis and blogs can be created to inform, describe and link people’s research interests and publications. Authors can promote their research papers through the addition of links which web search engines such as Yahoo, Bing, Ask etc take particular notice for their page ranks.

· Publish your research paper in International Journal with Impact Factor and which are internationally indexed. The most effective strategy to increase citation rates is publishing in a journal with higher impact factor. Articles published in Management Journals with High Impact Factor increase the probability of getting cited. Publish your work in a journal with the highest number of abstracting and indexing.

· Publish with international authors. Citation analysis shows that papers with international co-authors are cited more than those without international co-authors. Articles published with multi-countries or multi-institutes collaborations get cited more.

· Personally Index your published papers at Google Scholar, Thomson Reuters Researcher ID, Research Gate. Make an online CV Like ORCID or ResearcherID. Online CV makes a link between the list of published papers and open access versions of relevant articles. Increasing the availability of articles through social networking sites broadens dissemination, increases use, and enhances professional visibility which leads to increased citations and usage. Researcher may use an online social reference tool like Academica that allows reference sharing among academics and researchers. Alternatively, researchers may use Citeulike to share their interests in research publications. ResearchGate, Citeulike and Academica are a few examples of knowledge sharing tools / an online social reference tool to make others aware of research articles that may be of relevance to authors and hence get cited.

Have a personal website and list all your published research papers with complete publication details. Write some articles related to the research topics and submit them at some of the article accepted websites. Provide a link of your personal website in the same. By doing this Researcher reading your articles may be redirected to your personal website and few of the researcher might cite your research work.