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Demonstrate Impact and Manage Your Scholarly Reputation

Resources and tools for demonstrating the impact of your scholarly and creative works, and managing your online scholarly presence and reputation.

Welcome to the Research Impact Challenge

Welcome to the 2021 Research Impact Challenge!

Each day during the week of October 4-8, 2021, there will be a new daily challenge for you to complete. Completing each daily task is optional - you can complete one day's challenge, a few days, or complete them all. Once you've completed that day's challenge, fill out our Google Form to let us know that you've participated.

Participants will be entered to win a prize package, which includes University Libraries' swag, ORCID swag, your scholarship featured on the Digital Scholarship@UNLV home page, and your scholarship showcased on University Libraries' social media.

Each day you enter increases your chances of winning, and these daily challenges will help you to:

  • Curate your online presence
  • Make your scholarly works more discoverable and accessible
  • Leverage social media to make connections and get the word out about your publications
  • Track citations and other mentions of your scholarship

If you have any questions, need assistance with a daily challenge, or want to learn more about ways to increase the reach and impact of your scholarship, please reach out to Christina Miskey, Scholarly Communication Librarian for Research Infrastructure, at

Day 1

Register for your ORCID

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a free 16-digit identifier that authors can use to distinguish themselves from other researchers with the same or similar names and ensure that their research is correctly attributed to them (even when published under a different name). Having an ORCID iD also makes it easier to connect with other systems when submitting research for publication, applying for grants, and sharing your scholarship record with others. 

To complete today's challenge:

Register for your ORCID iD in just four easy steps!

If you already have an ORCID account, then make sure you are connected to other systems (such as CrossRef or Scopus) so that your record gets updated automatically when new scholarship is published.

Bonus challenge: Connect your ORCID to UNLVFolio

Did you know that you can make it easier to update your UNLVFolio account each year for your FAAR? It's quick and easy to connect your ORCID iD to your UNLVFolio account, and the best part is that you can pick and choose what gets imported into your Activities section.

For step-by-step instructions, check out the Importing Activities instruction guide.

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Day 2

Share your research in Digital Scholarship@UNLV

Digital Scholarship@UNLV is UNLV's open access institutional repository that is a service provided by the UNLV University Libraries for faculty and students. Its mission is to capture, preserve, and share the intellectual output of UNLV faculty, staff, students, and their collaborations with other stakeholders. All scholarly and intellectual items in Digital Scholarship@UNLV are freely available and discoverable by anyone with an internet connection. Participating in Digital Scholarship@UNLV will increase the visibility and access to your research, provide insight into the use and reach of your scholarship, and preserve and provide access to your research for future generations.

To complete today's challenge:

It's quick and easy using the Digital Scholarship@UNLV Submission Form to submit a recent full-text version of your scholarly work. (Don't forget to check your publisher's copyright policy on open access first!)

Once your scholarship is posted, you will receive confirmation and a link to your new Author Dashboard, where you can monitor downloads and other usages (using alternative metrics) of your scholarship.

Tell us you completed today's challenge!

Day 3

Find your community on Twitter                Twitter logo

Twitter is a free social media site that shares posts in short 280-character posts and can be a useful networking tool for academics. Researchers can follow prominent members of their field, share their research with the world, discuss hot topics in their field, and follow conversations at conferences, among other things.

To complete today's challenge:

  1. Create your Twitter profile and add information about yourself.
    • Search for scholars you admire and look at their profiles for examples of what to put in your Twitter bio.
  2. Check out this 2017 blog on using Twitter as an academic for quick tips on using Twitter professionally.
  3. Search for and start following scholarly societies, journals, organizations, and people that interest you.
  4. Find out which hashtags (#) are used in your field.

Share that you're participating in the challenge by using #UNLVImpactChallenge!

Bonus challenge: Share your research on Twitter

Now that you've created your Twitter profile, you can start spreading the word about your research! Provide a short explanation of what you're sharing, and don't forget to include a link so that people can access and read your scholarship. Including hashtags and tagging co-authors is also recommended to increase the likelihood that others will spot your post, share it, and visit the link.

Here are some examples to get you started:

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Day 4

Track your citations with Google Scholar

You've probably heard of and possibly used Google Scholar as a scholarly search engine. Users can search for journal articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations, books, and more across the disciplines. Authors can create profiles using their Google accounts (like your email address!) and claim authorship on their works that are available in Google's database.

To complete today's challenge:

Begin tracking your citations in Google Scholar in just 3 easy steps!

  1. Create your account in Google Scholar
    • Visit
    • Click "My Profile" in the upper left corner
    • Sign in to your Google account (Note: You can use your email or another account)
    • Fill in any missing information, such as affiliation, and adding keywords
  2. Add or claim your publications
    • You'll be asked to verify a list of publications Google Scholar thinks you authored.
    • Check the box of the ones you did author to add them to your profile
    • Adjust your settings - do you want Google Scholar to automatically add new publications? Do you want your profile public?
  3. Track your citations!
    • In your newly populated profile, click "View All" to check out what citations Google Scholar was able to locate
    • Add any co-authors and click the + icon to add any publications that may have been missed
    • Click the "Follow" button to receive a notification when Google Scholar finds a new citation of your scholarship

Bonus challenge: Find your h-index

The h-index is an author-level metric that was designed to measure research quality over time, accounting for both the scholarly productivity and the research impact of the author. You can learn more about how the h-index is calculated on the Libraries guide to Bibliometrics and Altmetrics.

Authors can check their h-index in Google Scholar by visiting their profile and viewing the "Cited by" section on the right side of the screen.  (Here is an example profile for you to check out.)

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Day 5

Tell your ImpactStoryImpactStory Logo

Telling the story of your research and how it has impacted your field, your university, and the world is an important part of being a scholar. For new scholars and new publications, it can take a little while for things like citations and metrics such as the h-index to catch up with the broader scope of the impact of your research. But, by using tools such as ImpactStory, you can find the online impact of your research.

To complete today's challenge:

Go to ImpactStory and create a free profile using your Twitter account (Day 3 of this challenge) and connect your ORCID (Day 1 of this challenge). It will pull information about your publications from there to give you a picture of the online impact of your work (also known as alternative metrics).

To learn more about altmetrics and how they work, check out these additional resources:

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Sources for this challenge

The following guides were used as resources for the creation of this challenge.


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