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Welcome to Boost TU

Welcome to your online version of Boost TU, this page is designed to be used as a checklist and guide to help you Prepare, Publish and Promote scholarly communications from your research. Click on the tabs below to access each stage of Boosting your research.

Boost TU: Boost your academic profile

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ACT NOW

RAISE YOUR DIGITAL PROFILE

PREPARING PUBLICATIONS

  • Form a reading club with colleagues to get constructive feedback on your outputs from your colleagues before submission.

VARY YOUR OUTPUTS

  • Different output types accrue citations at different rates. Consider writing a review or perspective paper.

  • Consider provocative debate pieces, inputs into policy, and if appropriate for your field, multi-author surveys. 

  • If appropriate for your discipline, and not considered as prior publication by your chosen journal, post your manuscript to a pre-print server such as arXiv, bioRxiv, Peer J Preprints or SSRN.

CITE YOURSELF (when appropriate and in moderation)

  • Always cite your own work correctly, preferably using the DOI if one was assigned.

  • Self-citations can be excluded from citation indices but can also advertise your previous relevant work to others.

  • Research has shown that there is a gender difference in self-citation by authors with women not self-citing as often as men: it is important to remember that self-citation is ok when appropriate and in moderation.

  • Cite your colleagues if appropriate.

WRITE CLEAR TITLES AND ABSTRACTS

  • Think what keywords/phrases your audience might search for.

  • Use keywords and phrases in the title, and repeatedly in the abstract.

COLLABORATE

  • Co-authors from other countries or institutions can give a citation advantage (check it out in SciVal).

  • Explore opportunities to collaborate across disciplines thereby tapping into multiple citation networks. 

  • Articles with two authors double citation, on average.

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SHARE YOUR DATA AND RESEARCH MATERIALS

STANDARDISE NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Your affiliation must be 'Teesside University’ and this should always be included, along with any departmental or other affiliation.

  • Always use the same format for your names and initials on every output.

  • You must use your University email name®tees.ac.uk

  • Use your ORCID iD when you submit your manuscript.

WHERE TO PUBLISH

OPEN ACCESS

PUBLISHING VENUE

PUBLISHING SPEED

  • Choose journals with faster publications times. Contact the journal's Editorial office for information. Do not forget about thinkchecksubmit.org.

  • Choose a journal that publishes online ahead of print, rather than waiting for the publication of the print edition.

NON-JOURNAL OUTPUTS

  • Book chapters and conference proceeding often have poor online visibility. Choose a publisher with an online presence. 

  • Avoid submitting outputs that will not be given DOIs.

  • There are an increasing number of digital identifiers that can be applied to non-journal and non-traditional outputs, including DOIs. Investigate these possibilities. 

AFTER ACCEPTANCE

ARCHIVING

  • Upload to appropriate repositories, including TeesRep, making note of any funder requirements.

SHARING

  • Upload permitted versions to Academia.edu, ResearchGate or Mendeley and tag with keywords.

  • Send PDFs of your article to your peer network if allowed by publisher- don't assume they will see it in a journal.

  • Use shareable links provided by the publisher to disseminate your paper to your peers.

  • Include links to your latest publications in your email signature.

PROMOTION

  • Link your works in TeesRep to your University staff webpage to increase visibility.

  • Use social media to drive traffic to your publications. Post on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Linkedln etc.

  • Blog about your research to encourage ongoing discussion, record a podcast, make a video, or design an infographic.

  • Find links with current news stories - contact the University Communications and Development team on communications@tees.ac.uk as soon as a news story emerges.

  • Edit relevant Wikipedia pages, inserting text and references to your research.

  • Promote associated outputs such as research data or software code. Cite them by DOI or other unique identifier.

  • Consider organising a conference for major outputs.

TRACKING ATTENTION AND IMPACT

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