By increasing your online profile and engagement, you may be able to influence your success rate in the competitive research and academic environment. How to demonstrate research impact and engagement varies widely by discipline context and specific purpose (i.e. grant application or promotion application). This guide provides suggestions on how to make your research available to the widest possible audience and improve the discoverability of your material.
By adopting one or more of these suggestions you will:
Build your online presence: Make it easy for researchers, students, journalists and funding bodies to find you and your publications.
Increase your research impact: Increase the chances others will read and cite your publications.
Track and measure the impact of your research: Make it easy to keep track of your citation metrics and research impact.
Get the credit for your research: Ensure you get credit for all your research and publications.
Create search engine profiles to make it easier for yourself and others to keep track of your publications and citation metrics:
Register for researcher IDs to ensure you get credit for your research, even if other researchers have similar names or if your name or affiliation changes:
Join social networks to share and monitor analytics for your research publications, and connect with other researchers in your field:
Use 'Find an Expert' to publicly promote your publications, achievements and contact details and use 'Melbourne Research Windows' to ensure your research output is recognised within the university:
Before you use these tools, particularly social networking tools, you should consider issues such as security and confidentiality, copyright and time management, see: