So what do you need to consider if you would like your research to be picked up and actioned by practitioners, policy makers, NGOS, clinicians, the media or anyone else? We’ve put together this exclusive cartoon, that outlines some of the steps you should consider (and is summarized below).
1. Who do you want to read your research? Be clear from your first draft who the key audience for your published research is.
2. Think about that audience when you’re choosing a journal to publish your research in. Find out more about a journal’s readership by reading the aims and scope and browsing published research article metrics.
3. Make your research discoverable, so spend time on your title, your abstract and your article keywords. Think about the words people will use to search for your work and include them.
4. Think about what else you can do to make your research accessible, including whether to enhance your published work with supplemental material, including data.
5. Publish your research OA: find out what it is and why you should consider it.