|Make your research outputs open access||Share your research data|
|Share your work via multiple channels||Have a unique identifier for research outputs|
|Write for search engine optimisation||Actively engage with those interested in your work|
|Set up author profiles and identifiers||Track visibility with altmetrics|
Major publishers often provide extensive resources detailing:
The University encourages its researchers to have three author identifiers - ORCID, Scopus (where available) and ResearcherID (now hosted on Publons). One of the major reasons is author disambiguation - they assist in linking research outputs to the correct author. This reduces administrative burden, improves data accuracy and the discoverability of research outputs.
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) is a free, internationally recognised, non-profit registry system. It allows you to:
Registering your ORCiD with UniSA simplifies the management of your ORCiD record. It takes two minutes to register and this will then reduce the need to manually update your publications.
ORCiDs are increasingly used by funding bodies and journal publishers, and you may be required to supply this by certain organisations.
Scopus (provided by Elsevier) is a large multidisciplinary citation database. Elsevier automatically generates Author IDs to distinguish between authors with work indexed in Scopus. The Author profiles linked to Scopus IDs show:
If you have work indexed in Scopus, your Scopus Author ID should ideally be:
If your Scopus Author ID is missing from your Academic Staff Activity Report or homepage, or you would like assistance to request corrections or integrate with ORCID, contact Ask the Library.
ResearcherID is an author disambiguation and profiling tool provided by Clarivate Analytics. Since April 2019 it has been hosted on Publons.
Publons profiles can show:
ResearcherIDs should ideally be:
If your ResearcherID is missing from your Academic Staff Activity Report or homepage, or you would like assistance to request corrections or integrate with ORCID, contact Ask the Library.
For UniSA staff, your homepage will probably rank highly in search engine results.
If you have ORCID, Scopus and Publons (ResearcherID) profiles the badges linking to these should appear in the About Me section. If not, Ask the Library can help!
Log in to update content on your homepage via the cog icon and under About Me > Social Media Links you can optionally add badges for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google Scholar and Instagram.
This information network allows you to keep up-to-date through following the 280 character 'tweets' posted by individuals and organisations. You can engage by responding to others' tweets and creating tweets of your own.
Twitter provides the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of individuals, groups and organisations, including those traditionally difficult to reach. This can include industry, researchers, community groups, media, organisations, government bodies, practitioners, and many others.
This career and industry-oriented social network allows individuals and companies to engage with professionally-oriented connections. If you choose to have a profile here, it is likely to be ranked highly in search engine results.
This social networking service allows you to share text, photos, links and more and engage with material shared by others. You can create and join groups. Businesses, organisations and brands can create pages. There are extensive privacy settings which allow you to categorise the people with whom you engage and determine what they can see. You can choose to follow public posts by individuals.
A Google Scholar profile allows you to create a list of your research outputs and track citations for those indexed in Google Scholar.
This academic social network allows you to create a profile, list your research outputs with downloadable full text where copyright permits, nominate and be endorsed for expertise, find and follow individuals and topics, comment on and review others' work, expose your own work to comment and review, ask and answer research questions, and track engagement with your work through a variety of metrics.
This academic social network allows you to list your research outputs with downloadable full text where copyright permits, nominate research interests, find and follow individuals and research interests, upload and request feedback on drafts, provide feedback on others' drafts (where enabled), and track engagement with your work through page and profile views.
Note: this network requires a 'premium' subscription for access to some features
For all publication types, consider these factors about the publisher: reputation; how well they promote your work; will your work be discoverable (e.g. via their website or a key database); their copyright policies (e.g. can you self-archive in repositories?)
For journal articles specifically, consider:
Your research output (e.g. article, book chapter, thesis) needs to be added to the University's Repository:
If your work has altmetrics in the Altmetric Explorer database these will also appear in the Repository record.
Analysis & Policy Observatory (previously Australian Policy Online) is an 'open access evidence platform' encouraging contributions of openly accessible public policy resources from organisations. APO has thousands of subscribers to its newsletters and Twitter followers.
After depositing your work in the Research Outputs Repository, UniSA researchers are encouraged to contribute to APO.
Open access scholarly works are available online at no cost to anyone interested in viewing them.
UniSA's Open Access Policy encourages open access by making UniSA research openly available via the Research Outputs Repository where publisher policies allow.
Certain funding bodies have open access mandates.
Unique identifiers for research outputs are associated with descriptive information (metadata) which can be found by searching for the identifier. Benefits of identifiers include:
Examples: Digital Object Identifier (DOI) | International Standard Book Number (ISBN) | PubMed Unique Identifier (PMID) | Social Science Research Network ID (SSRN ID)
The DOI system is an international standard and many publishers automatically assign DOIs when they publish a work. If you aren't sure if your work has been assigned a DOI, you can discover this online using the free DOI lookup from Crossref.
Get a DOI via UniSA for non-traditional research outputs
UniSA can generate a DOI for outputs such as reports, creative works, and unpublished conference papers, provided:
You can request that a DOI be minted when you deposit your work to the Research Outputs Repository.
For works already deposited to the Repository, you can make a DOI request by emailing Ask the Library.
Get a DOI for datasets
DOIs can only be minted for datasets already added to UniSA’s Data Access Portal. If the dataset is already in the Data Access Portal, email Ask the Library with the dataset title, publication year, and the names, affiliations and ORCID identifers of all authors/creators.
If the dataset is not in the Data Access Portal, please contact Ask the Library to discuss depositing your dataset.
Publishing at UniSA
Are you planning to publish material (such as a report) where UniSA is the main authoring institution? International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) identify the specific title and edition of a publication from a specific publisher and are issued exclusively to that edition.
Publication design, typesetting and ISBNs
You can contact UniPrint to discuss support available for these aspects. UniPrint can also issue ISBNs, which are most useful for works which will be widely distributed in print as part of traditional publication distribution. They are generally optional for reports. You could choose to have just a DOI, or both a DOI and ISBN.
ISBNs can also be obtained (for a cost) from Thorpe-Bowker.
Altmetrics are non-traditional metrics such as downloads, comments, likes, tweets and views - broadly, anything other than citations in published scholarly literature. They can be accessed via some publisher and database pages, and also via the UniSA-subscribed database Altmetric Explorer. Figures are indicative only as mentions can be missed - for example, if a news site mentions your work without including details the Altmetric company needs to detect the mention, such as a DOI.