Is your research sufficiently visible in databases on publications and citations?
Visibility is essential to you as a researcher today, both when your institution evaluates your work and for profiling you and your scientific area nationally or internationally.
The University Library of Southern Denmark can guide you on how you can make your own research more visible. The main rule is that the more you
do to register your research in the right places, the easier it will be for search engines and internet-based analytical tools to catch all (or at least most of)
your relevant publications and citations. Research is defined here as all the publications and activities that you have entered into PURE, our database for registering research.
At the University Library of Southern Denmark, we are developing a Research Footprint, which will show in a simple graphical form the bibliometrical data that can be produced for individual researchers by using both PURE and the usual databases of publications and citations, perhaps including alternative channels like altmetrics as well.
When we at the Library are going to guide you on Research Footprints, it is very important that you have created an ORCID as well as other relevant researcher IDs or unambiguous researcher profiles – before you contact us. This kind of registration will make for greater visibility and a better measuring of the impact of your research. At the Library, we base our work on the ethical guidelines of the Leiden Manifesto.
Be sure to register your information in Pure
It is very important that you make sure your information in Pure is kept up to date. You cannot necessarily rely on search engines to find all your publications. Pure is one of the places you have the opportunity to add the publications other search engines will not be able to discover.
The assessment of the impact of your research, e.g. in the shape of the average number of citations for each publication or your H-index, depends on which database you choose and which interval of years you look at. Google Scholar usually includes more publications and citations than the more traditionally used bases, Web of Science and Scopus.
If you wish to calculate your own H-index based on results from a given database, you should start by making sure that all your publications, and preferably citations as well, are included in it.