#OpenInOrderTo increase visibility and progress your career

“After publication with Cogent OA, some researchers directly contacted me with possible ideas of collaboration. This can obviously improve my research.” -  Fabio Fruggiero, Cogent Engineering


How can publishing Open Access help me to progress my career?


Publishing Open Access means achieving the highest possible visibility for your research, without the subscription wall barrier imposed by traditional publishing. This increases your chance of citations, facilitates greater impact of your work, and ultimately allows you to gain professional recognition amongst the academic community. 


It doesn’t stop there, as there are a number of ways in which you can further influence your own career development; the most important of which is networking. Not only does networking help you to promote your research, it can also open the door to new job opportunities, interviews or promotion boards, collaborative research projects and word-of-mouth professional recommendations. 


6 tips to get you and your research recognised:


1. The power of face-to-face meetings
Speed is everything in today’s digital word, so much so that we tend to dismiss face-to-face communication, and underestimate the power of human interaction. Faster isn’t always better. Face-to-face interactions build trust, understanding, and a real sense of a shared passion, that can make all the difference in the world. 


2. Share on social media and increase citations
Facebook and Twitter are becoming increasingly popular tools amongst researchers, whether they’re discussing developments in their research fields, or posting about their latest publication. By sharing your research on social media, you drastically increase your readership, and consequently your chance of citations. Not only that, it helps to raise awareness and increases the likelihood of your research being picked up by journalists specialising in news in your field. 


3. Connect with fellow academics and experts in your field 
By following professionals and relevant groups on Twitter and Facebook or using popular networking platforms like ResearchGate, LinkedIn and Academia.edu you dramatically increase your access to expert knowledge and its topical applications. Your profile presents a complete picture of your academic accomplishments. People interested in you are highly likely to click through and read your paper. By default, it also means you become part of that community and can contribute your own findings. 


4. Work your email signature
This is as simple as it sounds. Many of the people you contact professionally are likely to share your area of expertise; and this is a quick and easy way to let them know what you’ve been working on and that you’re published. Just add a link to your latest paper to your email signature. Plus, publishing Open Access means that everyone can read your work. 


5. Make a video abstract
Video abstracts provide a personal and engaging introduction to your research, and are becoming an increasingly popular way of encouraging others to read published work, especially if it’s freely accessible in an Open Access journal. A video abstract is also a great tool to gain engagement on social media. 


6. Update your web pages
There are plenty of people looking at your institutional and departmental websites. You can benefit from this by adding a link to your published research in your profile.


For more information, listen to our latest podcasts on how to develop your career: http://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/develop-your-research-career-podcast/