E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Spring 2008

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Spring 2008) 9(1). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v09n01/mullen_l01.html.


Copyright 2008, the author. Used by permission.



Researchers are extremely interested in increasing the impact of their individual scholarly work, and may turn to academic librarians for advice and assistance. Academic librarians may find new roles as consultants to authors in methods of self-archiving and citation analysis. Librarians can be proactive in this new role by disseminating current information on all citation analysis tools and metrics, as well as by offering strategies to increase Web visibility of scholarship to interested faculty. Potential authors of journal articles, especially those faculty seeking greater research impact, such as those seeking promotion and tenure, will find practical suggestions from librarians invaluable. Citation analysis tools continue to improve in their coverage of social and behavioral science fields, and emerging metrics allow more flexibility in demonstrating impact of published journal articles.