How many of you have published papers in different journals?
Are you familiar with the terms - journal impact factor, citation analysis, g-index, h-index, immediacy index and citation half-life and so on? These are different metrics used to gauge the quality of a journal, an article, and author. In the end, it boils down to one thing - citation. Let's start with what a citation is. In simple terms, a citation is a reference. When you publish your research work in a particular journal and another author next month publishes his or her work referencing your paper, you get a citation. The more the citation an author receives, the more credibility is built in that domain of research.
Impact factor is calculated as the number of citations to a journal's articles divided by the number of articles published during a 2-year period. This value helps understand the quality of that journal in that particular field. Do you ever look at the impact factor when publishing your paper? It is believed that review articles help improve the impact factor for any journal. Why? Simple reason. CITATION! It's more likely to get a higher citation in a review article than an original paper.
As it is understood at this point that just publishing your research article in a niche journal does not bring much value unless a significant number of citations start to kick in. Before digging deeper in the citation maximization techniques, let's be clear on these basics. Any trending keyword or topic at a particular time period will automatically ramp up your citation immaterial of the depth of work or quality of writing, how well the manuscript is organized or the journal it is published. To give you one example, the number of research paper publications on ebola outbreak went at its zenith in the early 2014 to 2016. But this should not discourage your research even if there is no trending moment nearby. The main citation maximizing techniques include a good title, organized abstract, graphs, images, tables or other illustrations and an eloquent writing (this has more to do with better story-telling than just putting some stuff). But it's not only limited to these traits. Other factors such as reaching more readers, pitching in a conference or writing a blog about your research hinting some of the interesting results found, play a vital role in getting recognition of your article. The new instrument that some notable journal publishers are encouraging their authors to promote research is in the form of a video abstract . This is because a video abstract has the ability to covey the key points of the whole research in a palatable format. Besides that, a video abstract made for a research paper can be played any number of times without explaining the key findings over and over again from a conference lecture to a class presentation. Any videos shared in social media will also bring more viewership. If the abstract video is really interesting, the viewership will easily be turned into the readership. Thus, engaging video abstracts will help in improving citation score of your paper. No more murmuring, let's get started today to create a brilliant video abstract for the next paper publication.
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