Whether you've just published your first article or you've already published dozens of scholarly works, sharing your research is an essential part of scholarly communication.
You worked hard researching and writing your latest article. You have valid findings that deserve to be made known and will help others.
The benefits and advantages of sharing your research:
Consider creating an account at each of the following sites, then upload information about your published works to them. The first two will find your works automatically.
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Microsoft Academic Search
A competitor with Google Scholar, it operates in much the same manner to share your research. Does not cover all fields.
Each time you publish something new, you can publicize it using all of the following social networking sites. If you don't have or don't want to open an account, ask a friend with an account to post a note on your behalf, with a link to your publication. Content in these sites is crawled by search engines, and the more places your work appears, the higher it appears in search results.
This list, in the form of a wiki, is a comprehensive list of discipline-specific repositories. Many allow users to freely upload their pre- and post-prints, and most are open access. Uploading your research to repositories is a good way to share it with everyone.
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
This site allows you to upload your thesis or dissertation and make it available to everyone. International in scope, NDLTD now contains over 1,600,000 documents, with at least 250,000 available in full text. The University is not a member, but individuals are still able to upload their theses and dissertations for free. A second site provides an advanced search for all the theses and dissertations in the database.
This is a database of profiles of published academic faculty, medical researchers, and other scientific experts. Here you can list your expertise and get contacted by media and others looking for subject matter experts.
Sherpa is the organization; RoMEO is one of its databases. The database allows you to search a journal by title and find out what its publisher's online archiving policies are. In other words, it will tell you if and when you can upload pre- and post-prints of your work.
WorldCat@Auraria is the former, but still used, online catalog for the Auraria Library. Like many library products, this one includes several Web 2.0 features that researchers may find useful. One of these is the list feature. Users can search for records for books, articles, and other publications and create a list, or bibliography, of the selected works. The lists can be either private or public. Everyone can see the public ones, and search engines crawl them. With WorldCat, you can create a list of all your publications and make it public, which can be exported in several style guide formats. Because you are only searching for citations and selecting them, there is very little typing involved.
A website prepared by the Bernard Becker Medical Library at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The site provides valuable tips and strategies to researchers to help them facilitate discovery of their work, as well as increasing its impact and visibility.