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Library - Reasons to Increase Your Research Impact

The power of networking aside, managing your digital presence gives you more control over your privacy and image online. Chances are, a web presence that already exists will show up if someone were to Google a researcher's name. Individuals can decide how they want that information presented. This is also a great way to work toward Tech's strategic goal to increase the reputation of research at TTU.

Show Your Work
If making a portfolio has been on the to-do list for a while, let this serve a great reminder to jump start that project. It doesn't matter if you are at the beginning of your career or a seasoned faculty member, it is a lot easier to connect with people professionally if you can point to examples of your work. Often, this leads to new opportunities! Many sites are easy to make and manage, such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, etc.

Social Media and Research Impact
Twitter, Facebook and other social media that are famous for personal use, often also have ways of connecting to professional communities. For example, find out the hashtag of a conference--participate in real time with other professionals, find presentation slides and more. Linkedin, for example, has high Google ranking and can be a quick reference for potential employers or finding professional groups.

Academic platforms like Academia.edu, Mendeley, Google Scholar Profiles and ResearchGate are popular ways to find collaborators. Since these sites encourage posting publication information, make sure it complies with copyright policies of your publisher. If you have current or planned published research or a thesis that is made available, you can create an ORCID unique ID to stand out. This can also be used as a portfolio of your research, to place on your CV or integrate with other systems.

Open Access and Impact
Making work open access allows colleagues, potential collaborators and industry leaders the ability to get the full scope of your expertise and projects. University offices of commercialization often refer to research publications to foster interest of commercial investors. Previously published works may be eligible for self-archiving through an institutional or subject repository (different from posting to a platform like ResearchGate).

Jean-Gabriel Bankier and Promita Chatterji's 100 Stories: The Impact of Open Access note real instances where open work advanced knowledge, help build reputations and demonstrated achievement. For example, cranberry research at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has engagement from commercial institutions including Ocean Spray, Dow Chemical, and Market Track. Also, Florida International University Geosciences Professor Grenville Draper's Spanish-English Glossary of Geological terms. The glossary has been downloaded over 30,000 times and has become an important resource for researchers working in geosciences in Spanish-speaking regions.

For more information and tutorials check out the Research Impact and Visibility Research Guide at guides.library.ttu.edu/impact.