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Publication Metrics: Enhancing Your Impact

Best Practices

You can enhance the impact of your research!

  • Register your ORCiD, an author identifier, so that you can get credit for all your research activities. Add your URL to personal websites or online profiles, including LinkedIn.
  • Maintain your Scholars @ Duke profile.
  • Publish in open access journals. Open access journals are accessible to more people and are thus sometimes cited more frequently. Open access journals are also more likely to allow you to retain rights to a work, allowing for further dissemination of research.
  • Avoid publishing in predatory journals using our Be iNFORMEd checklist.
  • If publishing in a traditional journal, negotiate permission to archive a version of your article in an open repository such as DukeSpace.
  • Include data availability statements and link publications to data in an open repository such as the Duke Research Data Repository.
  • Present preliminary findings at conferences or workshops.
  • Publish methods and negative findings to facilitate research efficiency and reproducibility.
  • Create a visual abstract for conference presentations and articles. Use social media to promote awareness of and discourse about your presentations and articles.
  • Create a Publons profile to track peer review and editorial work.
  • Browse the Metrics Toolkit to learn more about available publication metrics and how to use them responsibly.
  • Review this list of recommended tips for sharing your article from Duke University Press.


Keeping your Scholars@Duke profile up to date is important – it is one of the first things that will come up when people search for your name or your research, and it is also used for university web sites, reporting, and can even be used to update your CV or biosketch. It is easy to do, and best if you check your profile and update it regularly.

Use these tips to keep your publications current in Scholars@Duke. You can manage your publications in the Elements system, which automatically populates your Scholars publications.

Get Out There & Promote Yourself!



ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Scholars at Duke

Scholars @ Duke

Scholars@Duke features the research, scholarship and activities of Duke faculty members and academic staff. A research discovery system, Scholars@Duke displays web profiles that summarize a person's roles at Duke and displays their connections with colleagues. Visitors can search for faculty members by name, keyword or subject area or anything on their profile.

Boost Your Altmetrics

People tend to cite, tweet, blog, bookmark, and view work that they can access online. So start sharing your work online! Post your work, join in on the conversation, and network with colleagues.