Enhancing the visibility of your academic writing

Social networks for researchers can give your research greater visibility and is a good way to connect with people with similar researcher interests. Securing your ORCID iD is another way to connect with multiple online platforms and get yourself recognised.

Some examples of Social networks are: 

Find out more about information ORCID iD on the ORCID website.

Academia and Research Gate: before uploading a copy of your article into these systems, it is important to check the terms and conditions under which it was accepted for publication by the journal concerned. The publisher’s author self-archiving policy may, for example, require you to wait for a set period before uploading the article into a repository and you may only be permitted to upload a copy of the ‘author’s final version’ rather than the final published version. Once you have published your research outputs/papers, there are advantages to making those papers publicly and freely available through the ‘Open Access’ initiative, including increased citation rates.


At LJMU, we use a research information management system called Symplectic which is connected to both the LJMU website (staff profiles) and our institutional open access repository ‘Research Online’ where electronic versions of papers can be deposited via Symplectic and then downloaded by others for free.

Remember to keep your Symplectic profile up to date with your publications and biography, and to make your papers publically accessible once they are accepted for publication by depositing them in LJMU Research Online. This will also ensure research outputs are eligible to be considered for the national research quality benchmarking exercise that LJMU participates in (the Research Excellence Framework).

Find out more about symplectic

Find out more about  LJMU repositories

Find out more about the Research Excellence Framework


Some journals/publishers will only publish your papers if you pay a fee. Note that LJMU does not have funds to cover these costs and we advise authors to find journals that do not charge you.

The world of publishing can be a complex one, with issues around embargos, copyright, intellectual property, and licences to navigate. Staff in LJMU Library Services and Research and Innovation Services can help you with your queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need to.

Library services contact: researchonline@ljmu.ac.uk

Research and Innovation Services: impact@ljmu.ac.uk