Getting your research discovered

Guidance on how to get your research discovered.

Persistent scholarly identifiers

Resolving ambiguity in the identity of an author or a research output is key to ensuring maximum research impact. The use of internationally recognised persistent identifiers helps increase the visibility of your research profile and ensures your work is correctly attributed to you.

Your Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier:

  • Ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you
  • Connects you with your contributions and affiliations 
  • Improves discoverability

Watch the Why ORCID? video to find out more.

Register your existing ORCID (or create it, if you don’t already have one). Note: by using this link you are providing the University with your existing ORCID, confirming that this belongs to you and more importantly that it is correct (i.e. no data entry typographical errors). Furthermore, you agree to it being used.

The digital object identifier (DOI) is a persistent identifier used for journal articles, but DOIs can be also used for other research outputs. DOIs do not change even if your publisher or data repository changes. DOIs can also help with plagiarism screening, cited-by linking, text and data mining etc.

Getting a DOI for your research outputs provides a permanent link to them, so makes it much easier for others to find your work and cite it correctly.

At Surrey, we can mint DOIs for the following research works:

  • Art works 
  • Book chapters
  • Compositions
  • Data and data sets
  • Performances
  • PhD theses
  • Portfolios
  • Preprints
  • Reports
  • Working papers

    An ISBN is a persistent identifier for books, monographs or conference proceedings. It allows different product forms and editions of a book, whether printed or digital, to be clearly identifiable. It facilitates compilation and updating of book-trade directories and bibliographic databases, such as repositories.

    The University of Surrey holds a licence to register ISBNs. 

    If you are hosting a conference and need an ISBN for your conference proceedings, please email us the details of the conference and we will allocate an ISBN.

    Similarly, if you want to privately publish a report or monograph, send us the information and we will assign an ISBN.

    These works can also be made available via the SRI open access repository.

    Promote your research

    Once you have shared your research open access, it is important that you publicise your work further, to make sure that it is as visible as possible, to as many audiences as possible. Below we provide some advice on how to increase the visibility of your research.

    Use the profile to link your publications to your name and help others follow your work.  Please note that as Google does not have the data quality checks that some of the other tools (Web of Science, Scopus etc.) have, you need to ensure that information you add to you profile is accurate. 

    Google Scholar allows you to track citations for your publications. However, Google metrics have limited scrutiny checks and may report citation data not collected by other tools.

    Use networks like ResearchGate and Academia.edu.

    Use commercial platforms to promote your research and connect with other researchers. However, avoid uploading copies of your publications onto these platforms as in most cases this infringes copyright. Instead, link to the legally compliant version in the University’s open access repository where we make sure that copyright conditions are always checked and met.

    Promote your article on Twitter, Facebook and any other social networking sites you use, by announcing your published work along with a link to your article. Use hashtags relevant to your subject and consider tagging colleagues to encourage them to re-share the paper.

    See more tips from the Nature website.

    Surrey is a founding partner and current member of the The Conversation, a news, analysis and commentary website focused on academic content. 

    The Conversation offers you an additional platform through which you can raise the profile of your research and engage with the wider public, by talking about your research in a more accessible way. See their guidance if you wish to contribute.

    Tips for getting your research data discovered

    There are a number of things you can do to make your research data easy to find, easy to reuse and importantly, easy to cite.

    1. Deposit your data in a disciplinary repository (see storing and preserving your data)
      1. A recognised disciplinary repository is the first place others in your field will look for data that is relevant to their research.
      2. Disciplinary repositories will often put more effort into curating and promoting your data
      3. Data repositories will rank highly in search engine results
      4. If an appropriate disciplinary repository doesn’t exist, a good generalist one can be just as good. Both Zenodo and Figshare are well-known and well-used.
    2. Ensure the metadata record associated with your research data is as clear, comprehensive, and as complete as possible. The better the description of your data, the easier it will be to find and identify it.
    3. Get a DOI assigned to your research data and use it.
      1. A DOI is a permanent link to the location of your data; it’s the quickest way to ensure that other researchers can find your data quickly and easily
      2. Remember to include the DOI in the data statement of any relevant publications.

    For guidance on how to make your data understandable and reusable, see also our guidance on making your data more open.

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