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Present, Write, Publish Guide

This guide provides resources for biomedical and health sciences learners and faculty on how to present, write and publish research and scholarship.

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Measuring Research Impact

Bullseye target with an arrow in the center.Research Impact is the effect that your research has in your specific field, in academia and beyond. When measuring the impact of one's research it helps to understand the reach of the work, who is interacting with it and how, and how others look to build on it. Visit the links below to learn more about author and article-level impact, DigitalScholarship@UNLV, learning how to share your research to increase visibility.

Author- and Article-Level Impact

The h-Index is a primary author-level metric designed to measure research quality over time and accounts for the author's scholarly productivity and research impact. The h-Index is calculated as follows - H stands for the number of articles that have each been cited H number of times. So, an h-Index of 30 means that the author has published 30 articles that have each been cited 30+ times.

Altmetrics refers to "alternative metrics" and are generally article-level metrics. Altmetrics attempts to fill a gap in more traditional metrics by using a wider range of sources, such as social media, news outlets, blog posts, citation managers, and citation and download counts, to determine the impact (or "attention") of scholarship.

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UNLV University Libraries is sponsoring a pilot of the Altmetric Explorer database. For more information on the pilot, and to offer feedback on the database, please go to the link below.

Digital Scholarship@UNLV

Digital Scholarship@UNLV is UNLV's institutional repository and is a free service provided by the University Libraries for all faculty and students at UNLV and the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine. Its mission is to capture, preserve, and share the intellectual output of UNLV faculty, staff, students, and collaborations with other stakeholders. Examples of works included in the repository include:

  • journal articles
  • books and book chapters
  • audio/visual presentations
  • conference papers and posters
  • theses, dissertations, doctoral projects, and professional papers
  • UNLV published academic journals

Author Dashboard and the Readership Report

The author dashboard provides contributors with a variety of tools to help gauge impact and reach of their works that are included in Digital Scholarship@UNLV and any other Digital Commons hosted repository. The dashboard includes alternative metrics, such as the Altmetric Donut and the PlumX badge, in addition to downloads and views. An example of the readership report from the author dashboard is shown below.

Readership Report Example - School of Public Health, 2022

Screenshot of Digital Scholarship at UNLV geographical map of downloads for School of Public Health, January 2022

Depositing Scholarly Works into Digital Scholarship@UNLV

To deposit your work into Digital Scholarship@UNLV, you can fill out the submission form for full-text works. You can also contact the Scholarly Communication and Data Services team with questions or provide a copy of your CV for review by emailing the department at

Sharing Research to Increase Your Visibility

Social Media

Many academics use social media sites for professional networking purposes and to share their research with the general public. These sites are also often used to discuss hot topics, current trends, and have ongoing discussions during conferences or other events. 

Academic Networking

Several academic and scholarly networking sites allow scholars from various disciplines to connect with others and share their research. Similar to social media, but geared specifically towards an academic and scholarly audience, these networking sites help spread the word about your research, find collaborators, and check into what others in your field are publishing.

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