One of the important aspects of doing a research project is sharing it. Sharing your research data helps you develop a strong reputation as a force to be reckoned with; it can also help to promote your research while also pushing your career forward. When you share your research, you are able to reach a more extensive audience and become more visible in your subject domain. By sharing your research, you make a contribution to the whole research community and also make your research work more open although it is imperative to share responsibly.
Of course, African – British Journals (ABJ) will play its part in promoting your paper, however you can also take charge of some activities that can really make a difference. Here are some top tips to help you get started:
Benefits of Promoting your Research Articles
You get the credit for your findings
The accuracy (or wholeness) of your scientific data is not compromised
You help to preserve the data on a long-term basis
When you share, citations rate tend to increase
It is also possible to get financial aid or grants when you share your findings.
How to share your Research Articles on Social Media
Google Scholar: It can boost the worldwide visibility and accessibility of your content. It indexes peer-reviewed papers, theses, preprints, abstracts, and technical reports from all disciplines of research and make them searchable on Google and Google Scholar. Creating a Google Scholar profile will allow you to track citations to your publications, and have them appear in Google Scholar search results for your name.
ResearchGate: It is considered to be the world’s largest academic search engine. The site is explicitly meant for researchers. You can come across new researches, ask questions, get answers and in fact, get collaborators on your research. You can also create a profile that shows your present position, institution, projects and publications. You can also connect with other people in your area of study.
LinkedIn: It is a fast-growing professional site for networking. When you share on LinkedIn, make sure what you put out there is compelling and correct because it is very likely that your profile on LinkedIn is the first thing that pops up when someone Google searches your name. Make sure to include your name in your LinkedIn profile URL as this can help you gain traffic when people search online for you. Also make sure you share editorial positions, publication list etc. Lastly, don’t forget to put up a professional-looking photo of you to boost your profile.
Twitter: it is becoming more popular as a means of sharing amongst researchers because of the possibility of getting feedbacks immediately from colleagues around the globe. You can also use hashtags (#) to discover what people are saying about a particular topic. Getting retweeted or mentioned can gain you more recognition.
Facebook: Sharing research on Facebook especially if you have a huge friend/follower base can help you get your research to a very large crowd. This platform allows for a deeper connection as you are able to update your followers with the latest happenings in your work.
Other sites that you can share your research:
Other Methods of Sharing Research Articles
You can share your articles in a research community
You can share your articles as presentation or poster at conferences
You can share your articles in institutions as teaching materials
You can share your articles as part of application for grants
You can share your articles with people you know through personal communication channels (such as email)
You can share your articles on institutional repository
You can also share your articles on your own blog or website
Use a Consistent NAME format on all of your papers.
Using the same name on all of your papers will make it easier for others to find all of your published work. It is best practice to maintain a unique name format. (e.g. Jack F. Smith) AND (e.g. Smith, J. F.). Many databases will consider the example has different author and lead to “Stray Citations”, so it is recommended to be consist in your name format.