Publishing for impact

A journal's impact factor is a statistical measure of its influence on the global research community, using such measures as the number of times its articles are cited in the literature. Library resources that can help to measure impact factor include:

  • Scopus Journal Analyzer - login to Scopus and select the Analytics tab. Scopus was the citation data supplier for the 2010 ERA Process.
  • Web of Science - login to Web of Science and search your topic. Web of Science lists the Source titles by record count which enables you to identify those journals which publish the most articles in your area of interest.

If your research has been funded by the ARC or NHMRC then you may need to consider whether the journal that you are publishing is an Open Access (OA) journal, or allows the postprint of your article to be placed in the Southern Cross Research Portal on Open Access. Open Access provides greater exposure to your research and can help to increase your citation rate and H-index. There are different OA models available to choose from.

Liaison Librarians are available by appointment to help researchers to set up profiles that enable them to monitor the impact of their publications. Get started by contacting your Librarian or making an appointment.

Key tools

  • A Southern Cross Researcher Profile is a great way to promote your research.
  • ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a global registry that provides researchers with a unique ID and the ability to link all research activities to the one ID. The Library can provide you with assistance in creating your ORCID. Contact for more information. You can register and affiliate your ID with Southern Cross in your Researcher Profile.
  • InCites and SciVal databases
  • Information from DVCR about Research Impact

A publication's reliability, integrity and quality needs to be considered when identifying where to publish.

The Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research provides advice on choosing a reputable publisher for your research.

Research impact: The view from both sides - 5th August, 2020

The presentations provide an overview of Academic and Non-academic research impact, addressing the following:

  • What is research impact?
  • How do we measure it?
  • Why does it matter?

How to publish strategically - 10th September, 2019

Jerry Vanclay and Mary Spongberg present on strategic publishing, followed by a Q&A with Library staff member and former researcher Jackie Wolstenholme.

Access and Indigenous Knowledge – 23rd October, 2019

In this session we are joined by Elders and Academics from Gnibi, College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. Uncle Herb Roberts, Janine Dunleavy and Dhinawan Baker reflect on what Open and Access mean in the context of Indigenous Knowledge, guided by the Gnibi Elders Principles (as outlined in Southern Cross University’s Reconciliation Action Plan).