KNU Workshop #08: How to improve your citation

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Number of times an academic paper is cited has become a major measure of its research impact. Research consumption has moved to digital online sources. Many researchers today have an online workflow from finding to publishing. Easy access online has become necessary to increase citation count for your research. A research article that is easily discovered online can affect readership, utilisation and citation count of your research. Now the global trends for measuring the quality of research papers are looking for individual authors' impact in terms of citations and rather than the whole Journal. However, increasing your citation count can also have a positive impact on your career because funding agencies often look at a combination of the number of papers and the number of citations when making grant decisions. Therefore it is vital to understand the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to increase the chance for your publication to be found and indexed.

Getting to grips with SEO can seem like a difficult task at first. We all know it is important to ensure that your research is discoverable on search engines and online journal platforms. There are millions of articles available online, so how do you make sure that your work can be easily found and read by interested and relevant researchers? What’s also essential for you to check is the number of times your works are cited. This directly influences how your research contributes to your chosen area of study.

SEO is simply the process of attempting to improve a web page’s search engine rankings. Google and other search engines prioritise content that it sees as interesting, high-quality, and relevant – displaying such content higher up on search rankings.

What does this mean for researchers? Well, the higher the ranking of your article, the more people will discover, read, and ultimately cite your research. The number of times your work is cited is important as well because it can indicate the impact that your research has on the field. There are several simple ways you can optimise your article for search engine rankings

This workshop will explore ways to inject SEO in the structure of your work so it is easily indexed. Participants attending the workshop will engage with the core aspects of the SEO concepts and working in groups towards optimising their future publication with these new concepts. Furthermore they will learn to;

  1. Work in groups to do easy SEO tasks.
  2. Work in groups to come up with title, abstract and keywords for their already published paper and reorganise it with these new Know Hows. 

A Knowledge University Workshop

By Dr Dilan M Rostam

The President of KNU

This workshop is arranged by KNU’s

Centre for Academic Research, Training and Activities (CART)

  • WORKSHOP #08
  • 25th Feb 2020, at 14:00
  • KNU Main Library

Speaker Profile

A.Prof. Dilan M Rostam
A.Prof. Dilan M Rostam

Dr Dilan Majid Rostam (Roshani), is the President of Knowledge University (KNU) (Oct 2019- PresenT) and a PhD holder from the University of Nottingham and an Associate Professor in Architecture/Civil Engineering. He has been a teaching member of Department of Architectural Engineering (DARE) at Koya University in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, Vice President for Scientific Affairs (VPS) of Koya University (Feb 2012 - Feb 2016), Postdoctoral research on Building Information Modeling (BIM) at the University of Nottingham (Feb 2016 - April 2018) and VPS of Bayan University (Nov 2018-July2019) in Erbil. My research interest is in BIM and e-collaboration between AEC members, generally IT applications in Engineering and IT-based Collaboration and Knowledge Transfer Strategies as well as progressive Higher Education Leadership and advancements.

Long industrial/academic experiences from Sweden, Norway and the UK in applied IT in the working process as well as in collaboration concepts have helped me to realise the complex solution for quality education which I would like to share with you in this workshop.  

Please view Dr M R Rostam Google Scholar Account for more details on his publications

Who can participate

Participation in the workshop is open to all our members of staff, students and external guests with interest in this topic. Your attendance will be highly appreciated. Lets enjoy a relaxing session and learn something together.

About Knowledge University

Knowledge University (KNU) is a private university located in the city of ErbilKurdistan Region of Iraq. KNU provides diverse higher education, research and consultancy to all its students via such programs as Engineering, Science, Law, Business, Economy and Teacher Education. KNU is also renowned for maintaining one of the best quality campuses in Iraq with green, sustainable program objectives and outcomes throughout its activities. KNU encourages its academic community to seek knowledge, affirm skills and ensure excellence in their academic and professional achievements. KNU intends to expand its program and become a leading educational institute of science and humanities. Please visit our campus on your next visit to Erbil, the hub and capital city of Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

How to get here

Knowledge University (KNU) is located in the immediate outskirts of Erbil, the capital city of Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As you are heading toward Kirkuk on Kirkuk Road, you will see KNU on your left hand side. 

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How to improve your citation - KNU Workshop