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How can social media be used to increase article citation? | SAGE Connection – Insight


How can social media be used to increase article citation?

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early June, Adrian J. Ebsary, the online community specialist at the
University of Ottawa, presented “Social Media for Citation Driving” at
the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa,
Canada. These tips, drawn from his larger talk, explain how academics
and researchers can—and should—increase citations using social media.

Step 1—Establish your online “brand”

  • Your “brand” is the basic unit of social media.
    • Much like an ORCID identifier, the personal brand you establish
      online in transportable; it will follow you from job to job and
      institution to institution.
    • It should be the same name, including initials, that you use in publications and thus will be recognizable.
    • It connects you directly with your peers, so be personable.
Blog about your research. Failing that, see if other bloggers will do
so. Information scientist Hadas Shema finds that “for some, but not
all, journals articles blogged in [research blogs] tend to subsequently
receive more citations than other articles from the same journal.”

Join academic social networking sites such as Academica, Citeulike,
ResearchGate, and even LinkedIn to flag your own research articles for
other authors.

Step 2—Get discovered

Social media, blogging, and contributing to Wikipedia will increase
your visibility, increase your professional network, and demonstrate
your outreach efforts. Basic “search-engine optimization” will do the
same for your published research. Repeat key phrases in your abstract
while writing naturally and assign keyword terms to the manuscript. In
determining these keywords, consider what your target reader will look
for—“chemist” is not the same as “chemistry,” for example.

  • Some 86 percent of articles on first page of search results have the
    search term in the title, compared to 26 percent in the last page of
    results. And while papers with titles framed as questions are downloaded
    more than are other papers, they tend to be cited less often!
  • Although Google Scholar currently doesn’t seem to use keyword
    searches in the body of the paper, authors should still use the keywords
    and synonyms in the article if possible.
  • Authors should pay attention to the journal and/or conference name when writing titles and abstracts.
  • There are tools, such as Google Adwords and Google Trends, that
    identify what people are looking for, but in academe, keywords with less
    volume often spark more interest among your target audience
Step 3—Grab a low-hanging piece of fruit

In the nine years since the 140-character (for now) microblogging
site Twitter debuted, it has gained in prominence as a tool for
discovering peer reviewed scholarship by other scholars. Even busy
academics find time to cite papers—their own and others—to highlight
research (and not to support arguments).

  • Successful tweets in these cases tend to be more conversational,
    immediate, and interdisciplinary. In one sample from 2012, while half of
    academic tweets linked directly to the paper, the balance linked to
    blogs, news stories, or bookmarking services such as CiteULike, and
    those following the tweets tended to regard them as roughly equivalent
    to the original article.
But this doesn’t mean every author tweeting has a full command of the medium or its potential.

  • Each link or media file consumes 23 characters for the link and one for the space.
  • When composing a tweet, place text first, the link second, and hashtags and references last.
  • Use a line return (Enter) before your link and hashtags instead of a space.
  • Use no more than two hashtags per tweet—otherwise, you’re spam! And be ethical. Only #hashtag for the subject of the tweet.
  • And remember, prominence in Twitter is achieved more by having followers than by following others.
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