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Increase Your Scholarly Impact

A self-service guide to help you increase your scholarly impact, provided by the Libraries' Scholarly Impact Service (SIS).

Professional Communities

Online communities like those listed on this page are primarily designed for professionals in various disciplines to network, share their work, engage in informal discussions, or even collaborate on projects.  Note that these communities tend to be more work-focused than those under "social media", although they share many of the same features.  You might choose to customize and curate your profiles on these sites a little differently than your social profiles depending on your purposes.

Scholarly Blogs

According to the blog post, How to promote your research through blogging, there are ~77 million new posts each month on WordPress alone. With such a proliferation in online content, blogging (or following blog writers in your discipline) helps improve your content's discoverability and can facilitate a meaningful exchange much faster than traditional methods, like the Pony Express. It also dovetails with the growing trend of content needing to be open, inclusive of non-academic communities (e.g., professional organizations) and various audiences that may not have access to peer-reviewed research journals. 



Disciplinary Communities

Many disciplines have their own, specific community or forums where networking and information can be shared. If you know of one not listed here, please send us the link.

SIS - Who We Are

The Scholarly Impact Service (SIS) is team of librarians who can help you tell the story of your scholarship and its impact on your discipline. Contact us to start a personal consultation about your scholarly impact.

Main Contact: John Martin
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Expertise: Publication options, ORCIDs, Google Scholar profiles

Erin O'Toole
Subject Librarian for the College of Science
Expertise: Author, article and journal metrics

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