There are a number of ways you can make sure that your research is disseminated across the research community. This will help to build your reputation as a researcher, promote your work and increase your own citation rate.
Many of these sites will allow you to deposit copies of your research publications. Do take care that only the correct versions are uploaded; in most cases, publishers do not permit you to deposit the published version and have strict take-down policies. The askalibrarian team can advise if you are unsure. A pre-print version should be acceptable. A link to an entry in WRaP is fine. A useful summary is provided on the How can I share it? website, whilst Elsevier have produced a useful infographic.
The University's research repository enables the University to maintain a record of the research outputs of staff and other researchers, past and present, and provides a discovery tool whereby this research is available to wider community.
In order to maximize exposure of work carried out at the University the full text, or equivalent, of the items in WRaP are included in the record wherever copyright permits. As such WRaP underpins the Universities commitment to Green Open Access.
Over the academic years 2013/14 to 2017/18 downloads from WRaP averaged 5880 per month (Data from IRUS UK).
Started in August 1991, arXiv.org is a highly-automated electronic archive and distribution server for research articles. It is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics. arXiv is owned and operated by Cornell University, a private not-for-profit educational institution. arXiv is funded by Cornell University Library, the Simons Foundation and by the member institutions.
Users can retrieve papers from arXiv via the web interface. Registered authors may use our web interface to submit their articles to arXiv. Authors can also update their submissions if they choose, though previous versions remain available.
Listings of newly submitted articles in areas of interest are available via the website, via RSS feeds, and by subscription to automatic email alerts.
Launched in 2011, Figshare is an online digital repository. Researchers can preserve and share research outputs. Figshare is free to use.
This service allows you to explain your research in plain language, and then monitor the attention it receives on social media. Page views, citations, full text downloads and altmetrics can all be measured. You can see which activity is the most effective for increasing the reach and impact of your work.
SSRN is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. SSRN's eLibrary provides 715,735 research papers from 330,118 researchers across 24 disciplines.
Academia.edu is a social networking site for academics. It can be used to share papers, monitor impact, and follow the research in a particular field. Based in America.
Founded in Germany in 2009, ResearchGate is a social networking site for researchers to share papers, discuss research, and find collaborators. Once a profile has been created, publications will be recommended, and alerts sent to you. . If you create a profile, it is best to simply add the links to your publications in WRaP. Access can then be measured in the usual ways.