How to Increase the Discoverability of Your OA Research

By Caroline Campbell on Feb 26, 2021

One of the largest benefits of publishing under Open Access (OA) is that your work is published under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license, enabling your work to be freely and immediately available to the entire global community. According to Open Science, research that is published under OA receives up to an 89% higher download rate and the level of citation increases significantly compared to research that is published traditionally. Through this increase in downloads and citation, you not only increase the standing of your research but also make it more eligible for indexing within prestigious indices, including Web of Science™ and Scopus®.  

By openly sharing your research, you can nominally increase its discoverability and impact. As the expert in the field of research, you can directly advocate for it and assist in identifying the best audience.

Critical Steps for Increasing the Discoverability of Your OA Research

  • Share the Journal’s Webpage: Share the webpage for the published research through your personal network, websites, social media, and more.
  • Recommend the Journal to Your Library: Recommend the OA journal to your librarian and ensure that they integrate the journal and IGI Global’s full collection of OA content into their holdings. This content is freely available and can be easily integrated through IGI Global’s InfoSci-Open database.
  • Share the Journal with Your Colleagues: Share articles and the full journal with your colleagues and research network to enable them to easily access and review the research.
  • Share the Journal on Social Media and ResearchGate: Widen your publication’s audience and discoverability by sharing direct links of your article on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and upload it to websites like ResearchGate. Tag @IGIGlobal to be featured on IGI Global’s Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. 
  • Share the Journal with Relevant Associations/Organizations: Outreach to associations and organizations you are a member to share your recently published research. Having the backing of an association or organization can greatly increase the discoverability and, consequentially, the citation impact of a publication as well as more promotions surrounding your journal to a greater audience, additional collaborative opportunities, etc.
  • Share Your Published Work at Conferences and Events: Share the article and research at conferences or events you will be attending/presenting. Be sure to keep IGI Global informed of your events that you are attending/presenting at, as our team can provide additional materials for you to share.
  • Integrate Your Published Work Into Your Course Syllabi: Integrate your article and the journal into your course syllabi as recommended or required reading. As it is published under OA, it is freely available to your institution and students.
  • Integrate Your Published Work Into an Institutional Repository or Subject Repositories: Share your published work in your institutional repository and freely share it with other subject-specific repositories that you regularly access.
  • Connect Your ORCID iD and Other Scholarly Accounts: Be sure that your ORCID iD is linked to your OA work, as well as feature it on your other scholarly accounts, including Researcher, ResearchGate, and more.

For Editors: Be sure to share these actions with contributing authors, as these actions will not only assist in maintaining/increasing indexing but also assist in increasing the overall submissions to your journal. Be sure to share the Call for Papers through these actions in conjunction with sharing the content of your OA journal.

IGI Global Supports Your OA Research

At IGI Global our teams are continually ensuring that all OA published research meets the highest standards and that it is immediately available and widely visible. This includes:

  • Creating and enhancing journal and article metadata
  • Providing resources and tools, including the eEditorial Discovery System, IGI Global Author Services, and ORCID integration
  • Facilitating the double-blind peer review process and editorial process
  • Formatting research in PDF and HTML formats to ensure it can be easily integrated
  • Sharing the research with our vast network of international partners
  • Sharing it with major library systems and platforms, including our larger e-collections (InfoSci-Databases)
  • Applying content to DOAJ and other major OA repositories
  • Applying journals to major indices (Web of Science and Scopus)
  • Continually hosting content with archival access
  • Providing OA funding opportunities, including 100% OA APC fee waivers through IGI Global’s OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative
  • And more

For more information on how to increase the discoverability of your research, OA publishing opportunities, or questions regarding additional services provided, please contact IGI Global’s Open Access Team at Additionally, you can benefit from resources to promote any OA articles you have published by accessing the discoverability tab (visible for each individual article manuscript) in the eEditorial Discovery® System.

For questions regarding InfoSci-Open or integrating OA resources into your library, please contact IGI Global’s Customer Service Team at or 717-533-8845 x100. For more information regarding IGI Global’s Open Access Publishing visit the or contact

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