This page of information and tips on publishing and measuring and improving your research impact.
On this page you'll find:
And you might try:
Some journal lists with metrics:
These are few sites offering reviews of (experiences with) journals. These are still in their infancy, so the number of reviewed journals is limited. You can help by filling out a review or scorecard.
Open Access: why, where, how? The Basics
1) Because it gives more people access to (publicly funded) science (=idealism, accountability). The UU has signed the Berlin Declaration supporting this idea.
2) Because it gives your work greater exposure (self interest)
3) Because it increases the chance of your work being cited (Wagner 2010 bibliography of Open Access citation advantage (self interest)
4) Because in the long term it may save universities money, and thus potentially increase research budgets
5) Because it gives a signal to publishers currently making huge profits to change their pricing policy
2) As an OA article in regular journals offering OA against a fee (APC, article processing charge). Most publishers currently offer offer this option. These journals are called hybrid journals, becuaqse articles may be OA or non-OA
3) In university repositories such as Igitur or other institutional repositories such as PubMedCentral by sharing the last refereed author version of the article (green route) which many commercial publishers allow (see Sherpa Romeo site for what is allowed). Some publishers even allow deposit of the publisher’s version. Depositing can be done by your department through Metis or by you using the publications tab in your UU profile page.
Golden route: free or fee?
1) Free, in OA journals not requiring a fee
2) With financial support to pay the APC fee::
- NWO fund ( for NWO funded research, max 5000€ per project)
- UU fund (50%)
3) Free for you, in journals for which the fee has already been paid through a generic deal (e.g. in some Physics Journals)
Drawbacks, obstacles, things that need working on
1) More difficult to cite exact pages of author versions because the lack markup and page numbering
2) Many recently set up OA journals have not yet been included in journal impact databases such as WoS/JCR and Scopus (but this is improving)
3) DOAJ listing does not (yet) show whether journals are peer reviewed
4) A small number of OA journals and repositories is not yet well indexed by Google Scholar
5) In some disciplines full OA journals are still lacking in number or quality
By the way...
1) The University Library actively supports the creation of new Open Access journals
2) There are special licenses you can send to your publisher allowing you to retain the copyright
More information in our full Open Access LibGuide
Open Access articles are freely available. Below you will find a list of search engines containing only or mainly Open Access material
If you want to find out what journals are Open Access you can check the Directory of Open Access Journals.
Do you know the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) of the article you are looking for? Copy/paste it in the search box and see if an Open Access version is available.
There are various types of sites and services that are important in fostering your visibility:
|Mendeley||Google Scholar||ORCID||Researcher ID||ScopusID||Research Gate||Academia edu*||UU pages|
|soc. media links||n||n||n||n||n||y||y||n|
|bio, interests, affil||y||y||y||y||n||y||y||y|
|user accounts 201310||2.5 million||?||>250K||?||na||~3 million||4.9 milllion||all UU|
|user accounts 201410||> 3 million||?||>950K||?||na||~5 million||>14.6 million||all UU|
|Utrecht users 201210||229||437||?||273||na||>1000||986||all|
|Utrecht users 201303||?||585||?||276||na||2304||1295||all|
|Utrecht users 201310 (incl. UMCU)||~1500? (Jan 2014)||678||~80||376||na||3036||1401||all|
Utrecht users 201410 (incl. UMCU)
|?||968||476 (UU only)||478||na||3648||3013||all|
|Utrecht users 201704||9449||all|
|adding publication data manually||y||y||y||n||n||y||y||n|
|adding publications (semi)automatically||many search engines + import RIS or BibTeX||Google Scholar||
Crossref + Scopus + RsearcherID + DataCite + PubMedCentral Europe
|WoS + ORCID||Scopus||PubMed + IEEE + CiteSeer + RepEc + BMC||Crossref + Microsoft AS+ PubMed + ArXiv||Metis / Pure|
* Academia figures include students and alumni
There is also a training available to learn more about researcher profiles
Your H-index is calculated as follows: h is the biggest number for which there are h publications which are all cited at least h times.
This way the H-index expresses in one number the extent to which your work is cited ánd the quantity of your publications. H-indexes of starting researchers are always low, even when they have written some widely cited articles. Your H-index can never fall, not even when you have stopped publishing or when your work does not receive citations anymore.
Besides, the H-index is a relative index. A low score in one subject area, may be very high in another. An H-index is only meaningful when you compare it to that of colleagues in your own discipline.
You can check you h-index easily using author search in Web of Science or Scopus. Because the coverage of these databases varies, the h-index for the same researchers are also different and depends on the database used. You can also manually calculate your h-index using Google Scholar or any other database with citation information.