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Communication and impact



Choices you make regarding promotion of your research will affect the impact of your work.

Helping make your research accessible

The University of Brighton Repository (UBR) is a central digital archive of the university's published output.
Articles, images, audio, conference papers, and other peer reviewed material deposited in the UBR is available online via search engines, making the university's publications accessible to the wider academic community and the general public.

Promotion of your work

Promotion increases its exposure and subsequently increases the impact it generates in the academic and public spheres. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment has a strong focus on the impact of published research.
We recommend you deposit the legal copy of your paper in the University of Brighton repository via the University's Pure portal (our new system replacing Converis - more information here) and then link to that on networking sites such as ResearchGate, and others. When you submit your paper to Pure the library will check for you that it is a legal copy. Some publishers will state in the copyright transfer agreement/ publisher self-archiving policy their conditions on depositing in networking sites, so always check first.
  • University of Brighton Repository (UBR) - include your research outputs here via Pure to ensure it is available through search engines online. The University of Brighton advocates this through its Open Access policy - please see our Open Access pages.
  • Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media are increasingly being used as a method of communication in research, to share information and publications. Please see the University of Brighton social media guidelines which also links to our social media policy.
  • ORCiD - With quick and easy registration, ORCiD provides a persistent digital identifier that is personal to you, and provides automated links between you and your professional activities, ensuring that your work is recognized. Link your ORCiD identifier to other research identifiers (e.g. Scopus, ResearcherID, LinkedIn) and use it on your webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.
  • ResearchGate - read, connect, discuss, promote your work and get stats. (Please see statement at the top of this section)
  • - share research and academic papers. (Please see statement at the top of this section)
  • Kudos - free set of intuitive tools to help you promote your work
  • Google Scholar - create a profile so your work is viewable in one place.
  • EduBlogs the university's blogging tool, allows you to share text, pictures and video in longer form and be a place for discussion.
  • Advice on writing for the media, press releases, promotion of your publications etc from the University of Brighton Marketing and Communications department
  • Workshops from Information Services on presentation, for example PowerPoint and poster creation. 
  • Advice on sharing your work with colleagues: How can I share it


Who has cited your work

Identifying this is useful for career progression as well as providing evidence of impact to support REF submissions.
Tools such as ScopusWeb of Science and Google Scholar can help identify citations received by research articles, books, and conference papers.
You can also use these tools or ORCiD (see above) to create a profile that draws all your publications together under one name.
This is covered in the workshop, ‘Who’s Citing You?' but also contact your local Information Adviser should you have any questions.
For Scopus online support centre and tutorials, and help with Scopus CiteScore, please click the 'Help' link in the Scopus top menu, and search for CiteScore.
For online help with Web of Science (WoS) Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators, please first click on the links in the WoS database to these separate sections then click the 'Help' links at the top of each.

Deciding where to publish and Open Access 

Considering the impact factor that specific journal titles have, can give you as an indication of their relative success in scholarly communication within their field.
Please see our OA pages for information on OA publishing, including funders and publishers policies, and the University of Brighton policy.

Further support

To find out more about impact and communication please contact your local Information Adviser.
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