Over 800 000 citations are added to PubMed alone each year.
How will people find your research in this flood of material?
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Your title will be searched by keyword searches, quickly scanned by readers for relevance and generally act as an ad for your paper.
Video - How to write a title for your research paper by Editage Insights.
Your abstract is the largest section that will be searched by keyword searches (most databases do not search full text). Make it count by including all entry points to your research. These may be alternative terminology, trial or drug names.
For help in writing a good abstract see the How to write a good abstract tab.
Database and search engines are extremely literal - they search for exactly what thy are asked. This means that if people use different spellings or terminology to you they may not find your paper.
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Use the author keywords options to address this. Attach terminology or spelling variants as keywords to appear in different searches.
Keep this in mind when writing your title, abstract and choosing keywords.
Think about when you were searching for literature on this topic - what did you do? What worked? Apply this to how people will find your paper.
People search by author but this can be a difficult way to correctly identify individual researchers:
Use an ORCID ID to create perpetual links to your research:
Use platforms such as institutional websites, personal webpages, professional networking sites and social media to create a digital presence. It does not have to be blatantly self-promoting, just participating will allow more ways for people to find you and your work.
Research which is available open access (ie not behind a publishing pay wall) gets more views and is cited more.
Google Scholar trawls institutional repositories, author websites and other websites with academic content. If your paper doesn’t appear, there are ways to assist Scholar find it: