How can I increase the research impact of my publications?

Pepper Science provides tools to help you increase usage of and citations to your research publications. Once you’ve decided to use pepper science platform, complete the following steps to maximize the visibility of your research work:

Try to explain your publications in non technical language. Adding a short and informative title to your publications will make it easier to discover and comprehensively increase your citations. Try to make the title specific, jargon free, non-technical, descriptive, concise, and understandable to a broad range of readers.

Adding a simple, non-technical explanation (lay summary) of your publication will make it easier to find, and more accessible to a broader range of audience. Adding an explanation of what is most unique and/or timely about your work (impact statement), and the difference it might make in particular to scientific community and society at large and will also help increase readership.

This platform will try to increase the outreach and visibility of your publication, to ensure it is even easier to find, read and cite.

Additional resources such as templates, beautiful pictures, images help give readers a broader view of your work and can help increase citations.

Sharing your publications by email and social media can significantly increase usage and citations. We have provided various social media platforms such as linkedin, facebook wherein you can easily share your research finding.

This platform helps authors explain, add links to and share their work effectively and bring it to the attention of your broader and non traditional audiences both within and beyond your specialist community. This will comprehensively supplement the work that publishers already do.

This platform is do it yourself type, hence you can control what you want to say, what your want to show and as an author, you have the network and knowledge to make a dramatic difference to the reach and usage of your work – pepper science gives you the tools to help with this.

Tips for Writing a Lay Summary

  • You need a good title; keep it short and simple. Title should have paper’s take away message.
  • The first sentence is crucial. Could you explain your research in 15 words?
  • What’s the unique factor? Of your research, does it inspire? Try to explain it.
  • Focus on the relevance, the application or the benefits.
  • What is the most special feature of your research (results), which result stands out most?
  • What does it mean for society?
  • Find someone who isn’t in your field to read over the summary. Get feedback on your draft from colleagues, supervisors, and at least one non-specialist friend. See what questions they have and ask them to explain back to you what they thought you were communicating.
  • Avoid acronyms, abbreviations, technical and scientific terms. If you do use one explain it.
  • Be specific. Try to include a amazing uniqueness of your research if any?
  • Make it easy for the reader. Short, simple words. Use plain language; avoid uncommon English words, use everyday words. Use (Anglo-Saxon) words; avoid Latin-based words; avoid Latin altogether.
  • Short, simple sentences. Sentences should be less than 25 words long.
  • Provide context. Don’t introduce secondary ideas.Get to the point and avoid ambiguity.
  • Think about the order and structure of the information.
  • Make sure your abstract is grammatically correct with correct spelling and punctuation.
  • Try to invoke amusement, laughter and wow factor in your presentation.
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