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High Impact Research - Planning and Dissemination Resources

Research Dissemination Planning Tools

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Dissemination Toolkit

This general research dissemination workbook will provide a template for researchers to produce a plan to distribute findings to the general public using a variety of strategies. Applicable to many disciplines.

Writing Effective Evaluation and Dissemination Plans

This document presents several guiding questions that can assist a researcher in developing a cohesive and complete research dissemination plan.

Maximizing Research Impact: Social Sciences Handbook

This handbook, prepared by the London School of Economics, aims to show social scientists how to use various tools and techniques to disseminate research outside of traditional publishing channels.

CALSWEC Dissemination Planning Tool

This set of worksheets and additional guiding questions will provide researchers with assistance in developing a dissemination plan.

Dissemination Planning Tool

This tool was developed to help researchers evaluate their research and develop appropriate dissemination plans.

Impact Toolkit

The Impact Toolkit is designed to strengthen the capacity of arts organizations to collect and apply impact data. 

Strategies for Enhancing the Impact of Research

An introduction to preparing scholarship for publication, dissemination strategies, and keeping track of research.

AU Library Resources

AU Faculty Library Resources

The American University library has access to several research tools and websites that can assist faculty in presenting, disseminating, and publicizing research. Library resources include research data management support, ORCID, Geospatial Research Lab, and scholarly metrics assistance.

Guidance for Using Social Media to Increase Research Impact

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Maximizing Research Impact Through Twitter

This is a specific list of "to-dos" that will help researchers get started on Twitter. 

Promoting Research Through Blogging

Blogs are becoming a proven way to distribute research findings, while influencing the public and policymakers. This web page gives tips and advice on starting an academic blog.

Dissemination Through the Media

This site provides considerations to be taken into account before disseminating research and scholarship through the media.

The Impact of Social Media on the Dissemination of Research: Results of an Experiment

This article, written by Melissa Terras, investigated how Twitter worked on an open-access paper and whether blogging or tweeting about research was useful.

How to Use Blogging and Microblogging to Disseminate your Research

This article is an introduction to disseminating research through blogging and microblogging, i.e., tweeting.

Finding Your Blog

This article discusses strategies to increase blog traffic.

Scholarly Publishing: Research Impact and Altmetrics

This is a summary of traditional approaches and altmetrics for measuring research impact.

Research Impact: Altmetrics Make Their Mark

This articles discusses how altmetrics improve impact of papers that do not have many citations and what you need to pay attention to when interpreting altmetrics data.

Altmetrics: A 21st-Century Solution to Determining Research Quality

This review discusses advantages and disadvantages of both new and traditional research metrics and how you can use them to filter out the noise to better find what you seek.

Altmetrics and Other Novel Measures for Scientific Impact

Altmetrics use indicators gathered in the real-time Social Web to provide immediate feedback about scholarly works. This article includes the most important altmetrics and provides a critical assessment of their value and limitations.

Measuring Your Research Impact: Citation and Altmetrics Tools

These slides provide a brief introduction to tools that can help you measure the impact of your research by learning how your work is being received, used, and disseminated across scholarly platforms and social media networks.


Academic Research on High Impact Research Dissemination

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Academic Blogs Increase Dissemination of Economic Research and Improve Impact.

Researchers from the London School of Economics looked at whether blogs bring additional attention to research papers. The authors were able to demonstrate that posting the research papers brought attention and increased awareness of the research.

Economics Blogs Clearly Impact Positively on Paper Downloads, Professional Reputation and Stand to Exert an Influence on Policy.

Researchers pulled together an experiment to determine whether research shared in economics blogs had an effect on economic policy. They provide some quantitative evidence that blogs can positively impact researcher/university reputation, build influence within academic circles, and shape thinking on economic policy.

Social Media Release Increases Dissemination of Original Articles in the Clinical Pain Sciences

This research article aims to quantify the impact of social media releases on views and downloads of articles in the clinical pain sciences.

Do Altmetrics Work? Twitter and Ten Other Social Web Services

This research article presents systematic scientific evidence that altmetrics are valid proxies of impact. This study compares 11 altmetrics with Web of Science citations.