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Scholarly Publishing and Communication

Promoting Your Research

Getting Started

Promoting your research is beneficial for a variety of reasons. This can include making your work more discoverable by other researchers and the public. It also allows you to control your online research identity and potentially increase your research impact. The following are a few ideas on how to get started with promoting your work.

  • Create an ORCID iD, a unique identifier that connects your work to your name and distinguishes yourself from other researchers.
  • Publish or post your research outputs and make them open access if you can. This could include protocols, preprints, journal articles, data, software, and code associated with your study.
  • Establish an online researcher profile that showcases your work, citation metrics, peer review contributions, and other research indicators.
  • Include your research outputs on your CV.
  • Make your datasets, software, and code more discoverable in the Pitt Data Catalog.
  • Submit your work to the University of Pittsburgh's institutional repository D-Scholarship@Pitt.

Create an ORCID iD

What is ORCID?

ORCID is a non-profit organization that provides users with a free, persistent digital identifier that distinguishes them from every other researcher. This is a 16-digit number known as an Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCID iD), which is affiliated with a profile that individuals can build and edit. 

Your ORCID iD is the hub in the scholarly communication environment, ensuring interoperability between you and your publisher(s), employer institution(s), and funder(s).

Benefits of ORCID

Having an ORCID iD can:

  • Eliminate name ambiguity
  • Clearly identify your work and achievements throughout your career
  • Enhance discoverability of your work
  • Save time in filling out forms/documents
  • Allow you to meet funder and publisher requirements

ORCID Registration

Register for your free ORCID iD through ORICD @ Pitt. Don't forget to grant trusted status to the University of Pittsburgh!

Pitt is an institutional member of ORCID. Sharing your ORCID iD with Pitt allows the university to:

  • More easily highlight your scholarly output
  • Showcase the scholarly output of your department, school, or even the entire university
  • Populate local systems to support networking, collaboration, and reporting
  • Automate administrative reporting

Building Your ORCID Profile

Once you have registered for ORCID, you can now build your profile:

  1. Add any general information to your account, including a biography, employment history, education, and more.
  2. Add any scholarly works using one of the four methods ORCID presents. For publications, direct import is the recommended process, since it reduces errors and can allow for automated updating. Other work types that ORCID supports, including datasets, lectures, and conference posters, may have to be added manually.

Researcher Profiles

Explore the researcher profile tools below and choose one or two to get started. Most of these researcher profiles can sync to your ORCID iD, which makes managing and populating your profile quick and easy.

Visual / Graphical Abstracts

What is a Visual Abstract?

Also known as a Graphical Abstract, it is a visual summary of the information contained in the abstract of a scientific paper. The point of a Visual Abstract is to clearly, concisely, and graphically share the KEY FINDING of an article or research project.

A Visual Abstract is NOT...

  • ...a substitute for reading the article. It IS like a movie preview, giving a peek at things to come.
  • ...a list of all the article details. It IS a summary of main points.
  • ...used to make clinical decisions. It IS used to entice readers to find out more information about the study in question.
  • ...wordy. It DOES primarily contain images and only enough text necessary to convey meaning.

Examples of Visual Abstracts

10 Steps to Create a Visual Abstract

  1. Select the software you're going to use. It doesn't matter what you choose, so pick something you're comfortable with, such as Powerpoint, Keynote, Photoshop, or Pixlr.
  2. Choose the article or research project to promote.
  3. Identify the key outcomes. This is the most important and challenging step, as it can be difficult to limit the focus to no more than 2 or 3 points.
  4. Create the visual fields. Overlaid colored boxes are a simple way to start.
  5. Add the easy, factual information: title, authors, journal or institution.
  6. Add outcome descriptions, using short, precise, and understandable phrases.
  7. Add outcome values, including units if numeric, and any necessary additional brief descriptions.
  8. Add visuals. This is the second most challenging step. Do not use images for which you don't have permission or rights, and give credit for what you do use.
  9. Proofread and double-check all outcomes to make sure they are consistent with the article / research project results.
  10. Export to share or print.
Resources by the founder of #VisualAbstract, Andrew M. Ibrahim, MD.

Resources for Visual Abstracts

Developing Design Thinking
Finding & Using Images

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