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Research Dissemination (School of Law)

In a Nutshell...

How do I improve my research dissemination?

Have an up-to-date online profile.
Whether its your institutional profile, google scholar profile etc. ensure it is complete and up-to-date.

Publish in highly visible journals.

Highly visible journals are well ranked, widely indexed, and easily accessible. Choosing a lower ranked journal might make sense in some cases, but you will need to work harder to make it visible.

Archive your papers in a repository.

There are institutional and disciplinary repositories such as SSRN, ResearchGate, and Academia that allow you to post your research for free.

Push Traffic with social media.

Use social media like blogs, twitter, etc to push traffic to your archived content.

Monitor your traffic.

Most online archives and journal databases provide metrics such as number of downloads and citations. There are services that track metrics.

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The Essentials

What are four easy steps to get me started?

The following pages will introduce you to a wide variety of online research dissemination tools and tips used at by Dalhousie researchers.  There are tools that available for all technology skill levels.  We recommend a few essential steps to get started:

First Steps

1. Update Your Institutional Profiles

Most departments have profile pages for faculty but you will need to ensure that these are up to date and accurate. Contact the Law School to have your Law School profile updated. If you do not have an Experts@dal account you can register for one here.

Schulich Law School Faculty Profiles
Nice profile page by Dalhousie Prof. Joanna Erdman
Experts@dal profiles for media

2. Archive in a Subject Repository

The Schulich School of Law is encouraging posting materials in SSRN (Social Science Research Network - Legal Scholarship Network). Contact the Law Library for faculty support in creating your SSRN account and uploading your materials.

Dean Kim Brooks' SSRN Page
Prof. Meinhard Doelle's SSRN Page

3. Try Micro-blogging with Twitter

Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets". Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, text messaging, or a mobile device app. This is perhaps the least time consuming means to get your message out there.

Schulich School of Law Twitter Feed
Prof. Jocelyn Downie's Twitter Feed
Why academics really use Twitter.

4. Start Tracking Your Metrics

Metrics are measures of impact such as downloads and citations. The SSRN service provides a number of basic metrics. Because the Law School supports faculty in depositing their materials in SSRN this is a good place to start.

SSRN Rankings Explained
SSRN Top Law Authors List