Making your article (and you) more discoverable

Keywords and identifiers

A huge number of research articles are published every year, so ensuring that others can find your work is essential. As the author, there are a few things you can do to make your work more discoverable (and there are some things we’re doing too).

Selecting keywords

When you submit your article you’ll need to include keywords. These will be used to index your article on Taylor & Francis Online and on search engines such as Google ScholarTM. These keywords will help others find your article quickly and accurately, so think of them as the labels for your article. What’s more, a strong correlation exists between online hits and subsequent citations for journal articles.

But how do you choose your keywords? Think about how you search for articles, and what words or phrases you put in. Then think about your own article, and what keywords are most relevant to the focus of your work. Once you’ve drawn up a shortlist, try searching with them, to ensure the results fit with your article and so you can see how useful they would be to others.

Narrow down your keywords to ensure they are as accurate as possible, and then ensure you also include them in your title and abstract (as some search engines only index these), whilst still making it readable.

Linking to your article once it’s published from your personal webpage, blog, via social networking sites, and from your departmental website will all help to make it more discoverable on search engines.

At Taylor & Francis, we are also continuously working to improve the search engine rankings for our journals. Our linking program extends to many abstracting and indexing databases, library sites, and through participation in CrossRefTM.

Be identifiable with ORCiD

All researchers need to be able to easily and uniquely attach themselves to data sets, equipment, journal articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks.

That’s where ORCiD comes in, maintaining a registry of unique researcher identifiers which link all your research activities and outputs. It reaches across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries, and is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCiD identifiers in research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications. Here’s what to do:

  1. Register for a free ORCiD identifier, which you can do in our online submissions systems.
  2. Your ORCiD identifier will be embedded in your published article, with a link to the ORCiD registry, so others can easily match you, your article, and other research activities.

Use your ORCiD identifier to manage your record of activities, and search for others in the ORCiD registry.

Other ways we’re making your research more discoverable

Tagging geographic information with JournalMap

If your research is in a relevant field, you can submit geolocation information with your paper. This will be used to index your article’s study area on JournalMap, a scientific search engine that lets researchers find relevant research based on location and environment, as well as traditional keyword searches. You do not have to include geolocation information with your article but, if you choose to, it’s a great way of sharing with other researchers where in the world your research took place. You can find details on how to submit this information in the instructions for authors for your journal.

Working with Figshare to view and host supplemental material

Submit your supplemental material with your paper and it will be viewable with the Figshare widget on Taylor & Francis Online, hosted on Figshare, and discoverable separately to your article by search engines.

Alerting others to your article via Sciencescape

If you are publishing in a Taylor & Francis journal in the behavioral sciences, science, technology, medicine, social sciences, or humanities, your article will automatically be included in Sciencescape, the research discovery platform which enables users to quickly filter and match up research to their specific interests.