Schilhan, Kaier, Lackner (2021). Increasing Visibility and Discoverability of Scholarly Publications with Academic Search Engine Optimization

Schilhan, Lisa, Christian Kaier, and Karin Lackner (2021). Increasing Visibility and Discoverability of Scholarly Publications with Academic Search Engine Optimization. Insights 34 (1): 6. http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.534

With the help of academic search engine optimization (ASEO), publications can more easily be found in academic search engines and databases. Authors can improve the ranking of their publications by adjusting titles, keywords and abstracts. Carefully considered wording makes publications easier to find and, ideally, cited more often. This article is meant to support authors in making their scholarly publications more visible. It provides basic information on ranking mechanisms as well as tips and tricks on how to improve the findability of scholarly publications while also pointing out the limits of optimization. This article, authored by three scholarly communications librarians, draws on their experience of hosting journals, providing workshops for researchers and individual publication support, as well as on their investigations of the ranking algorithms of search engines and databases.

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