How to reach out with your research
Three researchers at KTH share their own experiences of disseminating their research findings, and they advise on strategies and channels to gain many citations.
“Citation is a sign of quality”
Lihui Wang feels the most effective way to evaluate his research is to share the results and get feedback from colleagues in the same research field.
He prefers to disseminate his research findings in traditional publications with open access wherever possible and thinks you ought to avoid scientific periodicals that are not indexed in the Web of Science. According to Wang, being a leader within research and presenting new ideas and methods are the most crucial success factors in gaining numerous citations.
Interview with Lihui Wang: “Citation is a sign of quality”
“Being relevant is key to dissemination”
Björn Palm is driven by a determination to contribute to a more sustainable future and make a difference. Research needs to be relevant for industry, and he believes that this is the starting point for getting your research disseminated.
To gain a large number of citations, you need to have something interesting to say, and you need to do this in a way that the public can understand and believe in. Palm would instead publish in more niche and specialised periodicals with a powerful impact, but with a lower readership, than broad-ranging publications. You then reach the right audience and makes getting a good review more likely.
Interview with Björn Palm: “Being relevant is key to dissemination”
“I want my research to matter”
Francesco Fuso Nerini is passionate about sustainable development. He feels researchers have an obligation to produce quality research that improves human lives and the environment. For your research to have this effect, it needs to be genuinely relevant and reach the right audience.
Fuso Nerini names several channels that researchers can use to disseminate their findings in an easily understandable way. Twitter and LinkedIn are a couple of examples, along with popular science blogs and articles. He also highlights the importance of presenting results at scientific conferences and meetings as an opportunity to open doors to new collaborations.
Interview with Francesco Fuso Nerini: “I want my research to matter”