Practical steps to promoting your research paper
- Submit the OA Publisher version to Worktribe (or submit your Author Accepted Manuscript if not OA at publisher) - so the paper will go into STORRE and be eligible for the REF. Adding a paper to STORRE also adds it to other Open Access search tools.
- Use the Online form to post a News item on Stirling’s own news pages on the portal.
- Consider writing blog posts - see our guide for help on blogging.
- Tweet as much as you can and from as many different twitter accounts as possible. Get others to tweet. See more guidance on tweeting.
- When blogging and tweeting always include direct links to an Open Access paper at the publisher site (or to the paper in STORRE if not Open at the publisher site – use the persistent handle URL that appears in the STORRE record, for example: https://hdl.handle.net/1893/27796).
- Add a link to your article in your email signature – that way every email you send publicises your new article.
- Add the article to Kudos and include a lay person summary and context of why the paper is important – this makes the paper more discoverable via web search engines. See https://libguides.stir.ac.uk/kudos for more information on Kudos.
- Some authors make a video and post on YouTube. Make sure you include links to the paper in the video’s info/comments. See here for further help.
- Watch the Altmetric score, but don’t get too hung up on it – the important thing to focus on is encouraging attention around your article so that people download and read it.