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Research: Visibility

Visibility of your own publications

It is essential for researchers that their scholarly publications gain high visibility. You can enhance the visibility and accessibility of your works through publication forums that are used extensively. Parallel publishing of commercially published works also increases visibility.

Impact can be assessed using for example the following:

  • Citation analyses depict how often a researcher’s articles have been cited in other articles. Sources: Web of Science, Scopus, and GoogleScholar  (Comparison of WoS, Scopus and GoogleScholar / Oulun yo)
  • Researcher’s h-index, Publish or Perish and Web of Science

You may request your own citation analysis or h-index from the library: tietopal [at]

Researcher’s visibility

The visibility of a researcher decreases when the person’s name is written incorrectly or in multiple ways and when the person changes employment. This makes it difficult to trace the researcher’s publications in databases. It is therefore important that you get a personal identifier covering all your publications. This makes it easier to find your publications and to follow how often your articles have been cited. In addition, it ensures your visibility in databases and facilitates your networking in the scientific community.

The Ministry of Education and Culture recommend that the researchers should create themselves an ORCID identifier. The ResearcherID identifier makes it easy to follow the impact of your own publications according to the Web of Science database.

Social media

The social web provides fast tools to increase the visibility of your publications. It also enables you to network with the researcher community, financers, and other professionals. Various disciplines and fields of research have groups through which you can share your publications and other data and discuss issues with other researchers. You can use them to build new groups of collaboration and to find new possibilities for employment. Blogs are used for discussions, for testing your own ideas, and sometimes as part of the research process.


You can use altmetrics to follow the number of times an outcome of your research (article, book, etc.) has been cited, tweeted, liked, shared, or bookmarked. You can also find out how many times it has been viewed, downloaded, referred to, recommended, evaluated, or discussed.

Altmetrics has evolved because the traditional means to measure the impact of research have been criticized by researchers of various disciplines. In particular, citation analyses have been criticized. International citation databases cover medicine and natural sciences more extensively than other disciplines, basing their approach on the publication practices. The h-index has also received criticism.

So far, the University of Lapland has not utilized the monitoring services provided by altmetrics. The library orders monitoring services from other university libraries when needed.