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Publish and Thrive Challenge

Welcome to Day 4 of the Publish and Thrive Challenge!

Once you have got a publication (or more than one!) under your belt, it's helpful to consider where put it, in addition to the publisher's version of your work on the publisher's website. This can help you and your work gain traction and visibility!


Challenge: Identify up to 3 Places to Share your Work Once it's Published
(or to Share your Previously Published Works)

Consider some of these options!

1. A digital repository is a great place to start. Not all repositories behave exactly the same way, but as a general rule, by depositing work in a repository, you’ll get:

  • A stable URL for the work that you can share with others or post to social media, your personal website, your CV, and beyond. This stable URL makes it easier for others to cite your work. You also won’t have to worry about broken links, or about migrating and re-posting your work to a new web page if you move to a new institution, or if your website moves to a new platform.
  • Indexing by Google and Google Scholar, which makes your work more discoverable by others.
  • Some form of feedback (aka metrics you can use in your promotion and tenure packet, grant applications, job applications) about how your work is being used: how many views it has received, download counts, shares, etc.

There are many different scholarly repositories (see if you can find some in your field, from this helpful list)One option is the DigitalCommons@UMaine!

Note1: When depositing your scholarly work in a repository, it's important to understand how copyright applies to your publications (as we learned on Day 3)The SHERPA/RoMEO database contains information about specific journal and publisher policies regarding the version(s) of your work that you can post in a repository (pre-print, post-print, publisher's PDF version). Need help tracking down publisher permissions for your work? Contact your library liaison!

Note2: Repositories are one way to make scholarly content freely available online. And, research suggests that the more open your scholarship is, the more likely it is to be found, read, and cited. Learn more about open access in this library guide.


2. Share your work on social media! Social media are increasingly used by academics to communicate their creative and scholarly work, find potential collaborators, share ideas and items of interest, and as a teaching space.

Here are some examples of social media use among academics:

  • See Dr. Jacquelyn Gill on Twitter (pay attention to her pinned tweet!).
  • Take a look at Elisabeth Kilroy on Twitter (currently a postdoc, and a former UMaine graduate student).
  • Scroll through Dr. Shaleen Jain's Twitter feed and note how he links to his own work and to others in his field. This type of posting encourages people to follow you as an expert resource for your own, and similar types of, disciplinary scholarship.

3. Post your publications, or your CV, to an institutional or personal website (there are many free site building options with no coding experience needed, such as Google Sites, Wix, Weebly, and WordPress).


4. Include publications and projects in your email signature. Consider linking to your most recent publication (or to one or two that you're most proud of), to your personal website, and/or to a recent grant you received. See Dr. Cindy Isenhour's email signature as an example.

Dr. Cindy Isenhour, Anthropology professor at UMaine, email signature that includes links to recently published books and to a recent grant received


Another option is include a link in your email signature to your ORCID or Google Scholar profile, which will contain lists of your publications and presentations. Not sure what an ORCID and Google Scholar profile are, or how to set them up? Find step-by-step instructions on Days 1 and 2 of the Research Impact Challenge!


5. Share your expert insights with a popular audience, such as a news outlet. You don't have to wait for them to contact you - reach out to an organization that you think would be a good fit for the audience you want to reach, and see if they'd be interested in your story.


Optional BONUS Challenge: Tailor your Work for an Audience Outside a Scholarly Journal or Book 

Take some time to practice communicating yourself and your work to get the widest engagement possible. Here's a good piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education with ideas for where and why to communicate your work to beyond academe

Begin by picking an audience and translating your work for that audience. Note: Each approach below provides good general advice, but you'll want to consider the expectations of your field. Look at what other people in your discipline are doing and take note of what you like and any models you want to aspire to!


Let's learn from each other! What are your suggestions for communicating one's work to different audiences? Please share your thoughts and insights in the anonymous discussion board below. Double click on the board, or click on the plus sign at the bottom right of the board, to post or reply to a comment. 

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Further reading


Nicely done! You're more than halfway through the Publish and Thrive Challenge!

For our final challenge, we will learn publishing strategies and insights from faculty and graduate students at UMaine.

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