Here are five things you should do after your paper gets published:
- Add your article to an EndNote library
As soon as you have a complete citation for your publication (i.e., not just a DOI, or digital object identifier, but volume/issue/page number information), you should add your citation to your EndNote library. If you don’t have an EndNote library devoted to just your publications, there is no time like the present! Go to the library’s EndNote Library Guide to download the EndNote reference management software, and follow the tutorials to learn how to create a new library. If your article can be found in PubMed or Google Scholar, use the export functions found on each of those sites to bring your citation into EndNote. You should do this for all of the publications on which you are an author.
- Update your CV
Once you have a complete EndNote library listing all of your publications, you can export a list of those citations in your bibliographic style of choice into Word. Use this list for your CV. Feel free to see a librarian for assistance with this. If you are not using EndNote, be sure to manually add your newest publication to your CV. Don’t wait until you need to submit your CV for something; you may forget a publication!
- Share your work (carefully)
As soon as you get published, your may want to send your article around to all of your colleagues, co-workers, friends, and family. But beware! Copyright restrictions—and that copyright agreement you most likely signed for the journal publisher—often restrict what you can do with your own article. Unless you published your work in an Open Access journal, be wary about attaching your article to an email and sending it around. Make sure you read that copyright permission form.
Many publishers are now providing authors with a link to the electronic version of their article, which can be shared with a certain number of people. Taylor & Francis, for example, provides an “eprint” to authors; this is essentially a link by which up to 50 colleagues can view an author’s article in full text. Once the 50 views have been exhausted, subsequent individuals will be forwarded to a page where they can read the abstract online.
- Promote yourself!
Sharing a link to your paper is a great way to promote your work. Add the link to your latest publication in your signature line, or post it to your Facebook or LinkedIn page. Some publishers, like Taylor & Francis, will create a customized banner that you can add to your emails to direct people to your work! You might also want to create a TinyURL to shorten your publication link so you can share via Twitter.
- Determine your impact
There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that your work has impacted others, and that your publication is being used as a source by other scholars. There are a couple of easy ways to determine whether your publication is being discovered and used. The first and easiest way is through Google Scholar. Search for your (or any) article in Google Scholar. Under the abstract snippet you will see how many times the article has been cited by others. Click to see who has cited you work.
Another way to determine your article’s impact is through the Web of Science database, which tracks how many times articles have been cited by other articles.
When you locate your article in Web of Science, you will see the number of times it has been cited, along with the “Usage Count,” which details how many times the article has been cited in the last 180 days and even earlier.
If you click on the “Times Cited” number, you can generate a nice citation report, which illustrates how many times your paper has been cited each year, along with a host of other metrics. You can also determine your own author H-index which takes into account all of the papers you have written, and how many times they have been cited.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our “Getting Published” series and that you’ve found the information helpful. Don’t forget to enlist the help of one of our medical librarians if you find yourself stumbling along the way—we are here to help! If you missed any of the installments in our series, you can find links to those here:
Best of luck!