Research(er) Visibility and Impact Project

Most researchers are evaluated based on their publications, as well as the number of citations their publications receive. One of the key ways to increase citations is to expose the research output to the widest possible audience. Publishing a high-quality paper in a scientific journal is only the half-way point in receiving citations in the future. The rest of the journey is advertising and disseminating the publications by using the proper “Research Tools”. Citations to an article strongly depend on the article’s visibility, rather than its merit. Researchers spend plenty of time and effort on writing their research for publication, however, most researchers stop their work after publication. Dissemination and archiving an article is an essential phase of the publication life cycle. There are tools that help to improve research visibility and impact. Effective use of these tools, which will be elaborated on in this webinar, can result in increased visibility and, thus, improve paper citations, sequential research impact, and university ranking (Ebrahim, N.A., Thuynsma, H., Tshetsha, V., van Wyk, J., Matizirofa, L., Mashamba-Thompson, T.).

An excerpt from a paper presented at a webinar on "How to Improve Research Visibility and Impact” scheduled on July 8, 2021, 9am - 11am, University of Pretoria.  


The Department of Library Services offers important tools and information on Research Visibility and Impact and the Value of Using Unique Identifiers for Researchers such as ORCID.



(Click the video icon to watch the webinar)

Open Access Scholarly Communications Series: How to Improve Research Visibility and Impact

Nader Ale Ebrahim 

Heather Thuynsma

Veliswa Tshetsha

Johann van Wyk

Lazarus Matizirofa

Tivani Mashamba-Thompson

8 July 2021


Transformative Open Access Agreements: A Response to Scholarly Publishing

Vanessa Steenkamp

Tivani Mashamba‑Thompson

Sara Rouhi

22 September 2021

Faculty of Health Sciences - Research Visibility & Impact Pilot Project

Veliswa Tshetsha

15 November 2021

Research Information Session - Research Visibility & Impact

Veliswa Tshetsha

Michael Pepper

Marleen Kock

27 January 2022

Reading: Rise of the preprint: how rapid data sharing during COVID-19 has changed science forever

Open Science Engagement

Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa)

Public Library of Science (PLOS)

University of Pretoria

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Stellenbosch University

Durban University of Technology

21 June 2022

Report: Engaging Open Science Key Stakeholders in South Africa’s Higher Education Institutions
































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