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Scholarly Publishing & Metrics Guide: Home
This guide shares Journal Selection strategies and metric tools the Pepperdine community has access to in order to measure impact. We also explain how to interpret and utilize the aforementioned metrics.
There are many predatory publishers that target faculty with flattering emails that entice them to submit manuscripts with promises of quick turnaround times.
Is the journal prestigious?
While the Journal Impact Factor from Clarivate is the most famous, other resources like SCIMago and CiteScore rank journals by often their articles or cited.
Is the journal a good fit for your research?
It’s worth exploring the scope of the journal, whether articles on similar topics have been published, and the research methodologies of published articles.
If you are applying for tenure in five months, it’s risky to submit your article to a journal that takes three to four months to review manuscripts
The percentage of articles accepted for publication can be helpful if you are under pressure to publish your article in a timely manner.
Scholarly Impact: Metrics will help you gauge the impact of your work which is helpful for promotion and tenure as well as self-evaluation. Metrics fall into four main categories Author, Artifact, Journal, and Institution level metrics. Bellow are examples of questions you can answer with metrics:
Artifact Level Metrics: How many times has your work been cited?
Authors Level Metrics: What is your impact as an author? Is the H-Index an appropriate metric?
Journal Level Metric: What is this journal's ranking? (journal ranking is calculated by how many times their articles were cited.)
Institution Level Metrics: What is the overall research productivity of your department/division; how do these metrics compare to peer departments at other institutions?
Altmetrics: Traditional scholarly metrics are restricted to scholarly citations. Altmetrics tracks a broader set of metrics that include, but are not limited to downloads, social media mentions, library holdings of books, online book reviews and readers in reference managers. Altmetrics measures the societal impact of research.
Open Access: Open access articles generally receive more citations and enjoy a higher readership. Are you aware that there are several levels of open access?
Our guide explains the varying levels of open access
Raising the visibility of your research
Why should you create multiple profiles and how do these platforms help you achieve your goals?
Creating a free Google Scholar Author profile will organize all of your scholarly works in one location and make it easier for other researchers to locate your papers. Also, by creating a profile, you can obtain author level metrics like theH-index.
ORCID is a unique alphanumeric identifier for authors; it helps with name ambiguity for common surnames and will be invaluable if you change names. Researchers can include their ORCID id’s when they apply for grants. Over 7,000 journals collect ORCID ids when authors submit articles and journals like PLOS and Science require ORCID ids for article submissions.
ResearchGate is an academic social network and is useful for sharing your works with other scholars.
Important copyright information: In most cases you can upload pre-prints (the version of the article prior to peer review) to ResearchGate, but you cannot upload later versions of the article that incorporate peer review).
Pepperdine Libraries’ Digital Commons hosts research works from the Pepperdine community. Digital Commons can increase the readership of your articles and provide metrics. Most importantly, you can take advantage of green open access to upload the full-text of your accepted manuscripts after the embargo periods of journal publishers.
Green Open Access-This category, which is also known as self-archiving, provides authors with the option of uploading the full-text of published articles that are hidden behind paywalls to institutional repositories.
ORCID is a global, not-for-profit organization sustained by fees from our member organizations. We are community-built and governed by a Board of Directors representative of our membership with wide stakeholder representation. ORCID is supported by a dedicated and knowledgeable professional staff.
*** We highly recommend that you create a free account. ***
How To sign up for ResearchGate?
1.Go to www.researchgate.net
2. Click Join for free or connect with Facebook or LinkedIn
3. Select which type of researcher you are
4. Enter your name, institutional email address, and choose a password
5. To finish creating your account, you will need to click the link in the activation email you receive.
Google Scholar Profiles provide a simple way for authors to showcase their academic publications. You can check who is citing your articles, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.