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Research Support: Scholarly Communications

Increase your impact! 

Even the greatest scientific discoveries aren't very valuable if nobody knows about them! 

Learn about ways to keep track of your research output, keep up on the latest discoveries in your field, and make sure your research reaches the widest audience. 

How do I keep track of my research output?

Reporting your research output to institutions, for tenure and promotion, and for grant applications can be a pain. The Health Sciences Library provides support for several tools that will make it easier for you to efficiently keep track of your research output using ORCID, Colorado PROFILESmyNCBI, and SciENcv

ORCID IDs are 16 digit identification numbers provide unique identifier to link you and your research output

  • Claiming your ID takes less than a minute: just enter your name, email address, and a password and you'll get an ORCID ID.
    • This ID is useful because it can be applied to your research output even if you never fill out your profile
    • It also helps with disambiguation, or discerning your output from that of others with similar names
  • Filling out your profile provides you with an online CV with a short web link. (Example
    • Importing your citations is automated, using citation indices like CrossRef and Scopus
    • ​Add your "aliases" if you've undergone a name change
  • Attaching your ORCID ID to publications, grant proposals and dataset that you publish assures that you get credit for your work.
    • Journals like PLOS have the option to add an ORCID ID upon manuscript submission
    • PubMed has a search field, Author -Identifier,  that accepts ORCID IDs

For faculty and staff: Use Colorado PROFILES to let potential collaborators know what you do! This research profile is auto-populated by an algorithm that finds your publications in PubMed. Log in to curate your publication list and add awards and an overview statement about your research.

myNCBI: Keep all of your citations in one spot using my Bibliography

SciENcv: Tired of entering your information into Word Templates to create Biosketches for grant proposals?​

  • SciENcv is an electronic Biosketch that can be modified to fit NIH and NSF formats
  • It stores your basic information so it doesn't have to be repeatedly re-entered
  • Use and existing Biosketch as a template
  • Link to your ORCID account to Import data
  • Import data from eRA commons
  • Include a link to your full citation list in my Bibliography

Where should I publish?

Journal Metrics

A good rule of thumb for where to publish your research is to choose the journal with the biggest impact in your field of study. Several metrics exist to rank journals by how often they are cited:

Each option uses a different algorithm but often agree overall. 

Avoiding predatory, disreputable journals

Use our checklist of criteria to judge whether a journal is legitimate

Open Access


Another thing to consider when choosing a journal for your research is whether it is an open access (OA) journal. Reputable Open Access Journals (such as PLOS, mBIO, and BMC just to name a few)  can increase the reach of your work by allowing researchers around the world to read and cite your work free of cost. (Stay away from predatory publishers and journals that publish research without sufficient peer review.)

One downside of publishing in an OA journal is that Open Access Fees are generally much more expensive than traditional publishing models. 

How do I keep track of relevant research in my field?

There's more biomedical literature out there than every before. Search smart with the help of the Health Sciences Library

Effective literature search in PubMed: 

Do you know what MeSH is? If not, you're probably not searching PubMed to your full potential.

Refine your search skills by: 

After perfecting your search strategy:

Search Multiple Databases

Did you know that not everything is in PubMed?

Ask a Librarian to recommend other search engines specific to your topic.

Citation management

Don't waste time reformatting your bibliography!

  • Take an Endnote class at HSL
  • Use Endnote Basic
    • free to Health Science Library users
    • Keep your citations in the cloud
    • ​Organize your citations into groups 
    • Share citations with colleagues