Leeds University Library

Publication and impact


Discover how to successfully disseminate your research and measure search impact using bibliometrics

Stacks of journals in a line

Presenting your research

Publicity toolkit: advice from the University of Leeds communications office on publicising your research.

Options for disseminating your research (presentation): why, how and to whom you need to disseminate your research.

Presenting research findings at conferences: a global conference directory where you can find conferences, conventions, trade shows, exhibits and events in any line of business or interest anywhere in the world.

Publishing your research

Options for disseminating your research (presentation): why, how and to whom you need to disseminate your research.

The process of peer review: a guide from Emerald explaining the peer review process and the criteria by which a paper will be judged.

Open access publishing: a guide from Leeds University Library on how open access allows researchers to make research results freely available online. The guide covers journal articles, conference papers, theses, technical reports and working papers.

Obtaining an ISBN: ISBN services for new publishers - information from Nielsen UK.

To obtain an ISBN for a publication by University of Leeds staff under the Leeds University Press imprint, contact Louise McCunniff.

Open access publishing

Open access publishing: a brief explanation of open access and the differences between the green and gold open access publishing routes.

Green and gold open access: benefits for researchers of making their research output freely available online.

University of Leeds publications policy

Open access FAQs

RCUK open access policy: read the full document, or check a summary of the key points to find out what you need to do to comply.

RCUK open access fund: includes an online form for Leeds researchers to reclaim the costs of making their research outputs open access if funded by the Research Councils.

Wellcome Trust open access policy: information on the Trust's OA Policy and how to reclaim APCs.

Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)

Institutional memberships: A list of University of Leeds OA membership subscriptions. These give Leeds researchers discounted APC rates with participating publishers.

Sherpa Juliet: for information about the OA policies of research funders.

Sherpa RoMEO: provides information about publishers copyright and OA policies. Publishers are developing new open access policies in the light of the Finch Report so you might also want to check the journal website.

Improving your research profile

Increasing your citations: Suggestions on how you can improve your citation rates as a researcher. 

Using Symplectic to record and find Leeds University research output: login page to the publications database used by the University of Leeds. You will need your ISS username and password to log in.

White Rose Research Online (WRRO): a shared, open access repository for the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Leeds Innovation Network: a professional social network and community of practice for the staff of, and those working in partnership with, the University of Leeds. LIN is dedicated to stimulating innovation and business development, and seeks to facilitate this by bringing together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics, researchers and investors in one space.

Workbook on tracking academic discussion (PDF): tips on finding other people in your research area and on tracking academic discussion in general.

BiomedExperts website: an online community that connects biomedical researchers to one another.

ResearchGate: a free-to-use network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences.

JISC National academic mailing lists

ResearcherID: a global, multi-disciplinary scholarly research community.
Increase your visibility as a researcher by registering for a unique identifier to help ensure that all your publications can be attributed to you in Web of Science. Search the registry to find collaborators, review publication lists and explore how research is used around the world.

Making your thesis available online

Advice about uploading your eThesis to White Rose eTheses Online (WREO)

White Rose eTheses Online (WREO): WREO is a digital repository containing online theses from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Adding your thesis to WREO: to submit an ethesis, register on the WREO website, then follow the instructions provided.

Copyright information for WREO

WREO frequently asked questions

Contact WREO.

Uploading your eThesis to White Rose eTheses Online (WREO)

Bibliometrics: measuring impact

The following workbooks and online tutorials are designed to give you an introduction to bibliometrics and show you how you can use some of the main bibliometrics tools to measure your own research impact.

Bibliometrics - an overview (PDF): this guide explains what bibliometrics are and how they can be used to measure the impact of individuals or groups of researchers. It also discusses the limitations of bibliometrics.

Bibliometrics - an introduction (online tutorial): this tutorial provides an overview of bibliometrics, discusses the use of citation analysis in higher education, explains the main metrics used, the main tools available to researchers and considers the issues and limitations of using bibliometrics to measure research impact. 

Measuring your research impact using Web of Science (PDF): this guide aims to show you how to find key bibliometric data about your research impact (h-index, citation counts, scholarly output etc.) using Web of Science . If you are looking for bibliometric data about another researcher the same instructions apply.

Measuring your research impact using Scopus (PDF): this guide aims to show you how to find key bibliometric data about your research impact (h-index, citation counts, co-authors, scholarly output etc.) using Scopus. If you are looking for bibliometric data about another researcher the same instructions apply.

Measuring your research impact using SciVal (PDF): this guide aims to show you how to find key bibliometric data about your research impact (h-index, citations counts, scholarly output etc.) using Scopus. If you are looking for bibliometric data about another researcher the same instructions apply.

Evaluating the importance of journals in your subject area (PDF): this guide aims to show you how to use bibliometric tools to evaluate the importance of journals in your subject area. Identifying important/influential journals in your subject can help you when deciding where you will publish your research. Publishing your research in a journal which is considered important/influential may help to make your research more visible and therefore increase the impact of your research.

Journal impact factors: explains what journal impact factors are and how to use Journal Citation Reports to find out the impact of a specific journal.

Journal ranking and analysis (online tutorial): this tutorial highlights the main metrics used to evaluate journals and explains how Journal Impact factors can be calculated using the Journal Citation Reports database. It outlines additional journal metrics and emerging journal ranking tools and discusses the limitations of using these types of measures to rank journals.

Tracking your research impact (online tutorial): this tutorial explains how to use Web of Science, Scopus and Publish or Perish to track and assess research performance at individual, departmental and institutional level.

Library support for the REF

The Library helps to support the REF in a variety of ways

See our support for the REF webpage for further information.

Training and development opportunities

SDDU (Staff and Departmental Development Unit) provide a number of courses related to disseminating research: