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4 tips on promoting your article with Share Links

More than 1 million views of articles came from clicks on Share Links last year

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You’ve spent a lot of time on your research, preparing your article, and submitting it to the right journal. Once published online, it’s time to share it with your peers.

Click here to view Infographic To facilitate that, the majority of Elsevier journals offer Share Links; a customized link that authors receive for their newly-published article on ScienceDirect. It provides 50 days’ free access to the article.

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Anyone clicking on the Share Link within the 50-day period will be taken directly to the article with no sign up or registration required. They will be able to read the entire paper. You can send your Share Link to friends, family, colleagues, and your wider network to share your research. By sharing your article, you can help make a bigger impact with your research. It also helps generate interest and increase visibility of your paper, potentially boosting downloads and citations.

Share Links can be shared with anyone, through any communications channel. Here are 4 tips:

  • You can post the Share Link on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. At least 15% of people who clicked on a Share Link found it on Social Media. The most popular tweet so far gathered more than 415 retweets on Twitter.
  • You can post the Share Link on your personal website and academic networking sites such as Mendeley. The most clicked Share Link of 2015 was posted on the author’s website. It was also included on Reddit threads and NASA discussion forums.
  • Include your Share Link in press releases or share it with the media for coverage on your research findings: If your university press office is planning a press release on your research, why not include the Share Link? When picked up by the media, they can share your article with a wider audience.
  • Share Links are tracked by Altmetrics, and downloads and views of your article are reported in Mendeley Stats: Posting Share Links on social media and on websites enables you to increase your Altmetric score. When you promote your article, you’ll be able to see how many people have viewed and downloaded your article in Mendeley Stats.

How it works

  • You can find out in the Guide for Authors (in the section “Offprints”), if a journal of your choice offers Share Links.
  • You will automatically receive the Share Link at the final citable publication stage of your article via email.
  • If several authors are listed, the named corresponding author will receive the Share Link, which can then be shared with co-authors.
  • You can find out the progress of your article in the publication system with our online tracking system.

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Author biography

Kitty van HensbergenKitty van Hensbergen is a Project Manager in the Marketing Communications & Researcher Engagement department at Elsevier and is responsible for global projects. She has an MSc degree in economics and business, specializing in marketing, from Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is based in Amsterdam.

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