What is an eprint? It’s a free, online link to an author’s article sent to all authors who publish in a subscription-based Taylor & Francis or Routledge journal as soon as their article is published. Authors are sent the link via email and can access it at any time from Authored Works, as well as check how many they’ve used.
Your eprint link can be shared with your peer, colleagues or friends, giving 50 free downloads of an article to every author of a paper (including all co-authors). But where can it be shared? And why is it so important for extending the reach of your work? Find out with our top 5 tips on how and why you should #ShareYourEprints.
1. Share it on Twitter or Facebook
Find out more about Isabel Manuela’s article, ‘Why Media matters in healthcare advocacy and education,’ on Taylor & Francis Online.
Interested in Dr. Josie Barnard’s research? Take a look at her article ‘Tweets as microfiction: on Twitter’s live nature and 140-character limit as tools for developing storytelling skills.’
Sharing your eprint on any of your social media accounts can be a great way to encourage others to read your research. By adding a hashtag relevant to your field (e.g. #genderstudies) this will alert others interested in the focus of your research. And if you include @tandfauthorserv and/or #ShareYourEprints, we’ll retweet it to our followers too.
2. Include it in your email signature
Did you know that you can request an email banner for your signature from us, and then link it to your eprint URL (just right click to set the link)?
This is an easy, visual way of grabbing your email recipients’ attention. If you’re interested in creating one, fill in our banner request form.
3. Add it to your personal website or LinkedIn
Do you have a LinkedIn account? You can add your eprint link under the publications section to ensure that your professional network is alerted to your latest publication and can read your article.
Learn more about Payam Abrishami, Klasien Horstman and Albert Boer’s paper ‘How can we assess the value of complex medical innovations in practice?’
4. Tell your co-authors
If you have written your article with a co-author, they’ll also be sent their own 50 free eprints link. That means that if you’ve authored the article with two other people, there’s a total of 150 free eprints to share. Encourage your co-authors to use their eprints too and help spread the word about the publication of your article.
5. Add it to your profile on your institutional webpage
If you have a profile on the webpage of any institutions you’re affiliated with, putting a link to your eprint is another simple way of encouraging more people to read your work. Richard Ashby’s profile links to his article ‘“Pierced to the soul”: The politics of the Gaze in Richard II.’
Find out more about increasing the reach of your publications with our page Ensuring your research makes an impact