How to Promote your Article
There are a number of ways that you can promote your Methods in Ecology and Evolution article and we have listed some of our top tips here.
Make it search engine optimized
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is becoming increasingly important as the volume of publications is rising more and more each year. Three key points to focus on to make your article more discoverable are:
keep it short (around 15 words), clear and general (readers prefer titles that emphasise broader conceptual or comparative issues), do not use the Latin species name in the title. If you want to include a pun or a fun element to the title put it at the end rather than the start.
include up to 10 key-words (or short key phrases), which encapsulate the key areas of your paper and provide synonyms for those key-words (think about what you would search for to find your paper).
include key-words and key phrases and repeat these 3–4 times throughout your summary (abstract). It should emphasize what your research shows and how it helps to advance general ecological theory. Try to include these key-words/phases in the title too.
Organize a press release
Please let us know immediately if your institution is planning a press release for your work, as our Accepted Articles are published online in as little as ~2 working days, therefore we will need to delay publication. We may also be able to help with the publicity.
We have put in place the following procedure to ensure that we are able to help you to make the most of your institution’s press release:
After the peer review process has been completed and your manuscript has received an Editorial acceptance decision it will enter a stage in our submission system called ‘First Look’. This allows the Editorial office to carry out final style and formatting checks and your manuscript will be returned to you to carry out final edits. When you return your final revision please contact us if you are planning to send out a press release.
Our production team will prepare your article for publication directly in its formatted form – Early View (it will skip the author-version Accepted Articles step). It usually takes 5–6 weeks to prepare a manuscript for publication on Early View, so this will then give you time to prepare your press release.
Whilst our production team are preparing your manuscript for publication we will send you a DOI, URL and publication date for your article. The embargo time for your press release is 00:01 GMT on the publication date (This means the press cannot report on your article before this time). If necessary, we may be able to change the publication date to coordinate with your press release – please just let us know in plenty of time.
When your press release is complete, send it to us so we can add it to our website and share it on social media.
We will publish your manuscript on the scheduled publication date and it will be free to access for a short period.
If your article is featured in the press following publication, please let us know so that we can promote the news on our website and through our social media channels.
E-mail your contacts
Another way to inform specific researchers and practitioners about your work is to e-mail them and you can use the ‘E-mail’ option under the Share menu on the Abstract page of your article.
Don’t forget to send your article to the people and organisations you have worked with during the research project to let them know that the work has been published. Think about other organisations and individuals who may be interested in the research and consider contacting them too.
We are also on Twitter and will tweet about your paper as soon as it is online – we can write the tweet, but we encourage to you send us a catchy tweetable abstract that captures the essence of your work in 116 characters or less (to allow us to add the link to the paper). Don’t forget to let us know if you are on Twitter too, so we can tag you.
Five top tips for tweeting your own research in 140 characters or less:
- Keep it simple.
- Include and hashtag key-words (you can find more about choosing the right hashtags here).
- Include an image where possible.
- Tag followers who may be interested and the Journal.
- And don’t forget to leave enough characters to include a short link to your article.
If you have a Twitter, Facebook or Google+ account yourself, you could let your followers and friends know when your article is online, by updating your status or sending them a message. If you do, remember to tag Methods in Ecology and Evolution (on Facebook) and @MethodsEcolEvol (on Twitter) so that we can report it to our followers as well. And if you mention your article in a blog, then remember to include the link to the article on Wiley Online Library.
A useful way to spread the word to other researchers is using mailing lists. You can email mailing lists briefly outlining what is special/novel/worthy of your work and linking to the online abstract or just adding the work title and DOI. A word of caution, mailing lists should only be used if the information is relevant to members or you risk receiving unfriendly replies. For example, you should only email R lists if your work is relevant to R users. Examples of mailing lists:
- Ordnews is an ecological newsgroup.Ordination-multivariate methods in community ecology firstname.lastname@example.org http://ordination.okstate.edu/ordnews.htm
- Ecolog-L, Ecological Society of America listserv https://listserv.umd.edu/archives/ecolog-l.html
- www.r-project.org and follow the link to mailing list
- Sub-mailing list for RR-sig-ecology https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-sig-ecology
- Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/marmam
- Scientific forum on fish and fisheries email@example.com
- Estuarine Science firstname.lastname@example.org
Another way to highlight your work, specifically aimed at R users, is to set up or contribute to building an R Wiki. Those are Wikis (open collaborative websites) where authors can add their own content. For example, on the R-phylo wiki there are lists of phylogenetics packages, tutorials, wish lists and useful links.
Example R Wiki:
- Phylogenetic comparative methods http://www.r-phylo.org/wiki/Main_Page
Videos, podcasts and photos
Putting together a video can be an excellent way of promoting your paper. Authors who make a video highlight find that their papers are downloaded more and often reach a wider audience—for example, an early Functional Ecology video on grasshopper locomotion has been used as a basis for how-tos on model animation and as a resource by a computer animator.
If you have other media such as videos, photos or audio material, consider if you can make the most of these to promote your work. We can host videos related to your article on our youtube channel.If you have relevant sound recordings, consider if you can make this into a podcast, maybe accompanied by a short recording of you discussing the paper in general. Podcasts can be hosted on our SoundCloud channel. If you have a series of exciting photos we may be able to host these on our blog (see below).
Write a blog post
We have a blog – the methods.blog – and we actively encourage authors to contribute posts in order to increase the dissemination of their published research. The blog provides a fantastic opportunity to move away from traditional scientific jargon and highlight in simple terms why your work is interesting and how it fits with current knowledge – it is therefore likely to engage with a broader audience than the publication itself.
We are keen to host written posts, videos, podcasts or photos.
Top tips for your blog post:
- Have a short, catchy title, containing general terms that emphasise broader conceptual or comparative issues to draw the reader in. Be creative.
- Include a short introduction – maybe a fun fact related to the subject of your post or a question. Think about the bigger picture to draw readers in.
- Divide the blog into sections with subheadings.
- Explain points clearly and write in simple terms.
- Repeat important key-words, phrases and messages throughout your post to emphasize the main points.
- Explain why your work is important.
- Aim to write 750–1500 words and divide your post into short paragraphs and sentences. (If you need more, just go for it).
- Include a few pictures (Wikimedia Commons is a great place to find many copyright-free images).
- Consider including an infographic (you can find out more about these here).
- Hyperlink to related content rather than providing a reference list. A blog post should be more informal than an academic paper.
- Consider writing in an interview style or ask someone in your lab to interview you. Some questions to consider are: What is your research about?; How did you do it?; Who did you do it with? What recommendation for management can be taken from your research?; What are you going to do next?
- Add some quotes from your co-authors or other people you’ve spoken to about the subject.
- Set aside your paper and talk to your non-scientist friends about your research. Imagine that you’re explaining the research to a friend while writing the post.
- Share any amusing or interesting anecdotes. Be conversational and add personal elements readers can relate to – what went particularly well? Were there any challenges that you had to overcome?
- You could also include a short video or podcast.
We can take almost any standard format for podcasts/videocasts – you can either send us the media file for us to host on Soundcloud (podcasts) or Youtube – or you can send us the link to where the podcast/videocast is hosted. We do not have many guidelines for creating such media as we want your enthusiasm and creativity to shine through. Our only recommendation would be that the podcast is a maximum of 3 minutes in length. We would also need a short caption describing the subject of the podcast/videocast. You can find some tips on preparing to record a podcast here and on making videos here.
Make the most of other author services
Our authors receive free access to Kudos through Wiley. Kudos is a service designed to help you measure, monitor and maximize the visibility and impact of your articles by allowing you to create ‘profiles’ containing short titles, lay summaries, impact statements, multimedia content including videos and links for your publications. Kudos also provides guidance, templates and trackable links to help you share article profiles via social media and email. You can find out more about Kudos here.
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ORCID iDs are integrated into key research workflows such as grant and manuscript submission systems – all Wiley Journal ScholarOne websites allow you to create an ORCID iD and then associate it with your ScholarOne account. If your paper is published, your ORCID iD is displayed on your article on Wiley Online Library and then submitted to CrossRef, where you can connect your paper back to your ORCiD record.
You can find out more about ORCID and register for a unique ORCID author identifier here.
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