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  1. Publish more – Use e.g. subject indexes in the Web of Science (WoS) databases to find relevant journals within your area or the databases or Scopus to find journals with high impact factors. You can also use the Norweigan List 

  2. Check if your publication is listed in the Master Journal List or publish, if possible, in a journal indexed in the WoS databases. The Swedish Research Council performs their analyses, and thus the distribution of funding to higher education, based on the information in those databases.

  3. Be thorough in your choice of journal – writing in international, peer reviewed journals with a high impact factor often increases the amount of citations. Use e.g. subject indexes in the Web of Science to find relevant journals within your area or Scopus to find journals with high impact factors. In Journal Citation Reports (now a part of Web of Science) is it possible to compare journals and see how they cite one another.

  4. Co-publish – articles by more than one author generally get more citations. University West can gain a great deal from international cooperations as well as from collaboration with other universities within Sweden. In order to qualify for authorship, authors must have:  

    1. made clear and intellectual contributions to the project’s concept and design, or to the collation, analysis and interpretation of data.

    2. written a draft of the article, or critically reviewed the draft in relation to intellectually important content 

    3. given the article final approval prior to publication.

    These points must be met in order to quality for co-authorship. Conversely, those who meet the qualifications in accordance with the points mentioned above shall be co-authors. If possible, co-authorship shall be agreed on in connection with planning publication. All co-authors must thus approve the submitted version of the manuscript and thereby acknowledge their responsibility for the publication.

  5. Several research funders, such as Swedish Research Council, has publishing in Open Access journals (so-called gold) or self-archiving (so-called green) as a criteria for funding. In order to avoid predatory Open Access journals, make a thorough check-up and contact a librarian for consulting.

  6. Open research data - The guideline is to publish your research data as open as possible, as closed as necessary. Publishing your research data can generate more citations and can initiate new collaborations with researchers, both nationally and internationally.

  7. Affiliation – be thorough and consistent when you submit your name as well as the University’s name.

    The measurements made by the library and the Swedish Research Council are based on the fact that affiliations are correct. In accordance with a decision taken by the vice-chancellor of University West (dnr 2013/1144 A 21) the affiliation shall be written as follows: 

    University West 
    Department of Engineering Science / Department of Health Sciences / Department of Social and Behavioural Studies/ School of Business, Economics and IT 
    S-461 86 Trollhättan, Sweden 

    If you are connected to more than one seat of learning – register both/all when you publish. Make sure that your published material is connected to you - please use an identification code e.g. an ORCID number or a ResearcherID.

  8. Altmetrics - Use social media to increase the distribution of the research e.g. ResearchGate, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Altmetrics, or alternative metrics, is an alternative way of measuring impact when it comes to publications. Instead of using traditional bibliometric methods you e.g. measure for instance the views on a webpage or the number of tweets.

  9. DiVA – Fill out this form and a librarian will register your publication in DiVA. Please, don’t forget to enclose documentation such as conference proceedings, books or links. If you have permission for self-archiving, please upload a copy of your material. Registrations in DiVA are also findable in SwePub which is a prospective database used as a ground for resource allocation mechanisms.

  10. Different disciplines, different publication patterns - Even if your research is within an area where it is the most common to publish in conference papers, monographs or various reports, try to transform your work into an article and publish it in a journal, preferably indexed by the WoS. Use altmetrics as a tool to spread your research.

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