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Sustainably manage forests, combat Goal 17: Partnerships
desertification, halt and reverse land
degradation, halt biodiversity loss Revitalize the global partnership for
sustainable development.
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong
Institutions Source:
https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopmen
Access to justice for all, and building t/sustainable-development-goals/
effective, accountable institutions at all
levels.

11.10 Innovative, multidisciplinary, intra /
interdisciplinary research collaborations

Innovation is the key driver of progress in Academic researchers should engage in
everything, from future technology to the high quality research of innovative nature
manufacturing sector to healthcare and all and should address an issue of national
else besides. Without innovation, progress concern in creative ways. Multidisciplinary
would stall and the world would grind to a research with national and international
halt, at least in terms of development and collaborations enhance the university
improvement. reputation and has a direct and high impact
towards the social and economic
development of the nation.

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12 HOW TO IMPROVE THE IMPACT OF YOUR
PUBLICATION

The importance of a particular publications measured by the research metrics (index
depends on the level of contribution to the and citations). The researchers are
existing body of knowledge and the impact encouraged to improve their individual
of the research publication. Level of citations by following the recommended
contribution of a publication can be good practices.

12.1 Maintain an active Virtual Profile

12.1.1 Google Scholar

How to Create a Public Profile on Google Scholar (GS)

Google Scholar (GS) is a free very large documents, many of them with links to
bibliographic database that it is especially openly available full-text versions. This is
useful for bibliometric purposes as it almost three times the current coverage of
provides the number (and lists them) of the paywalled competitors like
citations received by the items included. Its WoS/Thomson or Scopus/Elsevier.
current size is over 160 million unique

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GS Citations is a tool for setting up author powerful and it guides you in every step

profiles of individuals and their offering candidate publications (with a very

publications as covered by GS. There are low error rate) and the possibility of

many advantages in generating your own merging, delete or adding records.

profile using GSC. It is really very easy to Please, follow the following advices and
use as you only need a Google account to take into account the warnings:
start collecting your publications and the

associated metrics. The system is very

1. The profile should be 'public'. Otherwise nobody could access your information or

contact you.

2. If you have several email addresses for accessing your Google account, probably you

have two or more Google Scholar Citations profiles. Please, delete duplicate old

profiles as it is very confusing for readers and complex to maintain by yourself. So, it is

wise to use an institutional email account only.

3. If your name is common the best advice is to disable the automatic updating. The system

could add to your profile (a lot of) papers that are signed by other authors with a similar

name.

4. It is important to delete all the entries not being authored by you, as the profile can be

excluded until it is cleaned.

5. Contact with your colleagues or co-authors if you discover they are not maintaining

their profiles properly.

Steps of creating a public profile on Google Scholar:

1. Go to www.scholar.google.com by using your internet browser (Firefox, Chrome etc).
2. Click on Sign in from the right top corner of the web page.
3. Sign in with your KLN email account (Example: [email protected]) and password. KLN

email account is needed to keep your profile under the label of University of Kelaniya,
Sri Lanka.
4. A web page will appear such as the following:
5. Click on My Citations

6. The following web page will appear. Fill the information required in the following form.
Provide your KLN email address in the box of Email for verification.

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7. Filling all information, click on Next step.
8. A web page containing a list of publications will appear. From here you can select your

article and click on Add. Then click on Next step.
9. A web page will appear. Make sure to disable the automatic updating.
Otherwise the system could add to your profile (a lot of) papers that are signed by others with
a similar name. So, select the option- Don’t automatically update my profile. Then click on Go
to my profile.

10. A web page similar to the above will appear.

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11. Click on the Edit button to edit your profile. Click on Change Picture to add/change
your picture. To make your profile public just check in the box – Make my profile

public and click on Save.
12. If you want to add more articles, just click on +Add. Several options like- Add article
groups/Add articles/Add article manually will appear. Select the desired one and follow
the instructions. Here is an example of Add article manually.

13. When you have an ORCHID account, add the ORCHID identifier with your name on
Google Scholar. Add the ORCID identifier, with the following syntax without blank
spaces (ORCID:1234-56789-8765-4321).

To do this, click on Edit, write your ORCHID identifier beside your name and click on Save.
For example- N P Sunil-Chandra (ORCID:0000-0001-2323-2577)
(For further help please contact [email protected]/ [email protected])

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12.1.2 LinkedIn
• Visit LinkedIn.com.

• Click on Join Now, fill the registration form and click on Agree & Join
• Enter your personal information. You'll do this in the fields provided on the main page.

LinkedIn needs the following information:
o First Name
o Last Name
o Email - Your preferred email address (better be kln.ac.lk email) at which
LinkedIn can contact you.
o Password - Your preferred password for your LinkedIn account.

Then connect with the research institutes, researchers from the same discipline and encourage
them to read your publications by sharing your recent publications.
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12.1.3 ResearchGate
To start connecting and collaborating with researchers around the world:

1. Go to www.researchgate.net

2. Click Join for free or connect with Facebook or LinkedIn
3. Select which type of researcher you are
4. Enter your name, institutional email address, and choose a password
5. To finish creating your account, you will need to click the link in the activation email

you receive.
12.1.4 ORCID
Visit https://orcid.org/register
Below is a description of the registration fields. All required fields include a star next to them.
First name (required): Your given name, or the name you most commonly go by. If you only
have one name, you should record it here. This is the only required name field, and is limited
to 150 characters.

Last name: Your family, surname, or last name. This is not a required field, as ORCID is a
global service and supports many naming conventions, but you should always include it if you
have one. This field is limited to 150 characters.

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Email addresses:
Primary email (required): Your primary email address, entered twice for confirmation. You
will use your email address (or ORCID iD) with your password to sign in to the ORCID
Registry.

Additional email (strongly recommended): Your secondary (backup) email address. It is
strongly recommended that you provide at least one additional email address on registration.
This will ensure you can still use your ORCID record if you lose access to your primary email.
If you added an institutional email as your primary address, we recommend adding a personal
one as backup. You can use any email address connected to your ORCID record, with your
password, to sign in to the ORCID Registry. You can add as many additional email addresses
as you wish.

Password (required): A password of your choice. Enter it twice to confirm. Passwords must be
at least eight characters long and contain at least one number and one alphabetical character or
symbol. For more information about what can be included in a password click the question
mark icon next to the password box. As you type a password, it will be given a rating. Only
passwords rated as "Good" or "Strong" will be accepted by the system. Very commonly used
passwords are not permitted.

Visibility settings (required): Select your default visibility setting for any information that
you or trusted parties add to your ORCID record. We strongly recommend choosing Everyone
or Trusted Parties as your default visibility setting as this will enable your information to be
shared with the systems you interact with, allowing you to benefit from their ORCID
integrations. Learn more about visibility settings.

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Notification settings: Choose whether to receive quarterly emails from ORCID about new
features and tips for making the most of your ORCID record. You can change this preference
after registration in your account settings.
ORCID also sends notifications by email and by your ORCID inbox about items related to your
account, security, and privacy, including requests from ORCID member organizations for
permission to update your record, and changes made to your record by those organizations.
The default setting is a weekly summary, and you can change this setting in your account
settings.

Terms of Use (required): You must check this box indicating that you consent to ORCID's
privacy policy and terms and conditions before you can register.

Human confirmation (required): You must confirm that you are not a robot by completing
the reCAPTCHA. Both visual and audio methods are available.

After completing these fields, click the Register button at the bottom of the page.

In most cases you will be taken to your new ORCID record, but sometimes you will see a
different screen or message:

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12.1.5 Academia.edu
Academia.edu is a platform for academic to share research and track the research of academics
they follow.
Login to http://www.academia.edu
Input your First Name, Last Name, Email address (MUST use UNIMAS official email address,
and password). Then, click Sign Up

Verify your account through email account registered.

Once registered, click on your profiles and click Add Affiliation.

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Insert university name as University of Kelaniya, and URL https://www.kln.ac.lk
Type your Department and select your position.
Make sure click Yes, as your Primary Affiliation.
Then, click Save.

Click Upload Papers to upload your research papers.

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13 THE RESEARCHER TOOLKIT

Getting noticed today means using the visible, but you'll also attract more readers,
abundant online and social media tools potentially increase citations, build a
available to better promote your research stronger reputation and expand your
findings and publications. As a result, not professional network (Elsevier, 2019).
only will your research become more
to research (before doing
13.1 Find a trending area
research)

Use SciVal.com Trending analysis to find a trending area to do research
and publish. You might find the best scholars and top authors who
already published in the area and try to contact them to do research in
collaboration.

Figure 5 SciVal.com

13.2 Using Intelligent Journal Finder before publishing

Copy and Paste your abstract to find the best match!
https://journalfinder.elsevier.com/

Figure 6 Journal Finder

13.3 Select a high impact journal from

Scopus
SciMago
Clarivate Analytics

CABS
ABDC

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13.4 Preparing your article

13.4.1 SEO

Optimizing your article for search engines - IEEE Xplore, Pubmed, and SciPlore.org.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - helps This helps you attract more readers, gain
to ensure it appears higher in the results higher visibility in the academic
returned by search engines such as Google community and potentially increase
and Google Scholar, Elsevier's Scirus, citations.

Below are a few SEO & Graphics guidelines:

• Use keywords

(https://ads.google.com/home/tools/keyword-planner),

especially in the title and abstract

• Add captions with keywords to all photographs, images,

graphs and tables

• Add titles or subheadings (with keywords) to the different

sections of your article

• Make sure there are as many links as possible to your

article, e.g. from your e-repository, Wikipedia, LinkedIn, (influential) blogs, and social

media.

13.4.2 Promoting your article

13.4.2.1 Presenting at conferences other delegates on Facebook and LinkedIn,
and direct them to your personal website or
Presenting and networking personalizes blog.
your work, giving it a face and a voice, and
it can create new opportunities for
collaboration. Make sure you connect with

13.4.3 Media relations

• Explain the significance of your • Make use of your institution's
research and its key outcomes in communication channels such as
simple language. Use this for press press releases and newsletters
releases or for sharing on social
media

13.4.4 Share Link:

When your article is published on e- You can promote this link via your social
repository, you can share with colleagues media channels and/or include it on your
and peers. (institution's) webpage.

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13.4.5 ORCID ID

ORCID is a unique researcher identifier linking your name, research
activities and articles. If you don't already have one, you can register for an
ORCID and add details of the article to your new profile.

13.4.6 Social Media

Every day, scholarly articles receive 12,000 new mentions across social
media, news and blogs: that's one mention every seven seconds! It's a
powerful medium for reaching your potential readers.

13.4.7 LinkedIn

This networking site is used professionally by 65 percent of the researchers. Create a profile
and post your latest accomplishments.

You can enhance your profile by adding research findings, articles,
images, videos, SlideShare presentations and audio recordings (for
example, your AudioSlides presentation). You can also join
relevant groups and connect with other researchers in your
discipline.

Make an impact:

• Create a profile on www.linkedin.com
• Add a picture and your CV
• Move the 'Publications' section to a prominent position at the top of your
profile
• Include any relevant honors and awards
• Enhance your profile with images, AudioSlides and video

13.4.8 Facebook

Facebook is a popular social media tool, but positive impact on Facebook likes and
you can also leverage it for professional comments.
purposes. You can share photos, status
updates and links regarding your research You can also join groups catering for your
with your Facebook friends. Recent field of expertise, connect with like-minded
research (1) shows that the richness of the research professionals and use Facebook as
content that you share on Facebook raises a collaborative space to share with fellow
the impact of the post, i.e. posting images researchers.
and videos during business hours has a
Make an impact:

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• Make a profile on www.facebook.com
• If you want to keep your regular profile for only social purposes, create a 'fan' page for

your professional endeavors
• Invite fellow researchers to be a friend
• Discuss ideas and carry out debates
• Link to your articles
• Share images, videos and audio recordings, e.g. AudioSlides
• Record reflections on research you have read or events you have attended
• Ask for early feedback on research ideas
• Recruit participants for research
• Join groups related to your research field

13.4.9 Twitter

Twitter gives you a chance to share quick on Twitter. It's a great way to share your
thoughts using no more than 140 characters. current research, publications and links to
Today, one third of all scholars are active new blog posts.

Make an impact:

• Make a profile on www.twitter.com
• Follow other researchers and thereby increase your own following
• Post regular content, e.g. links to hot papers, events and conferences
• Respond promptly to direct messages and comments
• Retweet. By promoting other members of your community you are raising your own

profile at the same time
• Use images. A picture is twice as likely to be retweeted as text

13.4.10 Mendeley

Mendeley is a million users. You can collaborate with
powerful colleagues on documents, share reading and
reference reference lists, and stay close to research in
your field. Mendeley can help you uncover
manager and interdisciplinary and cross-institutional
online social connections to power your research.
network with
more than 2.6

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13.5 Monitor your article helps you monitor your success in a variety
of ways.
After promoting your article, you'll want to
know how it has been received. Elsevier

13.5.1 Google Scholar alert

Activate Google Scholar alert (your kln.ac.lk email) system and whenever you are cited you
might get an update.

13.5.2 CiteAlert

Citations are a well-established measure of research impact; a citation can mean recognition or
validation of your research by others. CiteAlert is a weekly service that automatically notifies
you by email when your work is referenced by an article in an Elsevier-published journal.

13.5.3 Usage Alert

Citations can take years to build up, so a more immediate way to track the reach of a paper is
to consider how the article is being downloaded by users. ScienceDirect Usage Alerts do this
by sending the authors of articles published in our participating journals a quarterly email,
which links to a dashboard of ScienceDirect usage data for the first year of the article's
publication.

13.5.4 Altmetrics

Who's talking about papers online and what's being said? Altmetric.com is an analytical tool
tracking and analysing online activity around your article. It does this by watching social media
sites, science blogs, many mainstream media outlets and special interest publications and
reference managers for mentions of academic papers.

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