When researchers refer to another author's work in their own published work, they cite it. Such citations can be analyzed to measure the formalized usage of the cited work.
Databases such as Thomson Scientific's Science, Social Sciences, and Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes compile the cited references from articles published during a particular year or period.
These databases allow people to determine the research impact of a researcher's publications according to the number of times they have been cited by other researchers. Citation counts are often used in research funding and promotion decisions. Boosting citation rate is thus a potentially important motivator for authors. What can you do to optimize citations to your article?
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We can make your article more accessible
Ready access is a prerequisite of citation. In addition to core library subscribers, our journals are made available to around 8,000 academic institutions worldwide through Ebsco Publishing Full-Text Databases and 460 institutions through arrangements with library consortia. Articles are published online through CAE Access Online. Through excellent sales reach and vigorous marketing we ensure that your article is seen, read, and cited by your research community. Archiving agreements with national libraries mean that your article will remain accessible in perpetuity.
We are continuously working to improve the search engine rankings for our journals. Our linking program extends to many Abstracting and Indexing databases, library sites, and includes participation in CrossRef™. As publishers of scholarly information, we work with Google Scholar to index peer-reviewed papers, theses, preprints, abstracts, and technical reports from all disciplines and to make them searchable via Google Scholar.
We can make your article more visible
This is one of the main goals of our journal marketing. Our sales and marketing strategies and expertise deliver very high levels of journal accessibility and visibility.
We engage with core research networks
Scholarly communication occurs through networks of personal acquaintances. Journals and articles are read and cited when they occupy a valued position within these networks. Our strategies for enhancing research network engagement include our implementation of the ScholarOne Manuscript Electronic Editorial System (these systems increase quality submissions, internationalize our author base, and reduce turnaround times) and encouraging editors to co-opt "rising star" academics as well as editors of key journals onto their editorial boards.
We can target key growth areas with specific initiatives - such as an annual Best Young Asian Scholar prize in a particular subject. We encourage editors to provide detailed feedback for rejected authors - especially if they are early in their career, and to invest time in improving decent research that is poorly presented - in particular if the author is not a native English speaker. We believe that helping good work find its proper expression is a service to the community.
We allow authors to self-archive articles
Research suggests that this can lead to increased citation levels. Our copyright policies enable authors to self-archive as standard.