Promote your work
Take the opportunity and record a short video summarizing the essence of your work. As an equivalent to the written abstract, your video abstract will help the reader to get a quick overview of your paper before going into more detail. We recommend to submit your video abstract to the TIB AV portal, obtain a DOI, and provide this information when you upload your production files after successful peer review. We will embed your video abstract in the articles HTML page. In addition, please take this video further and post it on social media. Please see an example of a video abstract from our journal Geoscience Communication.
A graphical abstract (another synonym is visual abstract) should allow readers to quickly catch the essence of the paper. The main findings are summarized in a single, concise image. Such graphical abstracts should be specially designed for this purpose. The preferred way of inclusion is to define this graphical abstract as your key figure when uploading your production files after acceptance of your final paper. The key figure will appear alongside your paper in all online formats of the journal. Alternatively, you may want to have your graphical abstract included in the *.pdf file of your paper as well. Then, it states an unnumbered figure below or in substitution of the written abstract. Your paper might already include a numbered figure in the text that represents your work sufficiently. Then, you are asked to simply define this figure as key figure during your production file upload. In any case, key figures and graphical abstracts should be used when advertising your work on social media.
Please provide a 500-character non-technical summary (without discipline-specific jargon) of your paper that may be used to promote your work to a broader audience. The summary should highlight your main conclusions and results, and what the implications are. If possible, please also summarize very briefly why you did the research and how you did it. Upon review file submission, you will be asked to provide your short summary.
Search engine optimization
The most important information about your paper must be accessible and obvious to search engines and other machines that crawl the Internet for content. This ensures that members of the scientific community, as well as the wider public, can find your work more easily.
We do our best to work together with search engines. You as an author can also do something to make your research output more visible. Think about the keywords and phrases a person would type into the search engine if your paper is helpful for them. Include them in your title and/or abstract. Have a descriptive title that includes the keywords related to your topic. Have those keywords at the beginning of your title (first 70 characters), and keep the title as short as possible.
If you or your institute plans a press release or some other promotional work on your paper, please inform Media and Communications at Copernicus (firstname.lastname@example.org) and at EGU (email@example.com). We may be able to assist you and help distribute your work further.
If you wish to promote your work to journalists and the broader public, please do so only after the paper has been peer-reviewed and accepted. If you wish to promote it at an earlier stage, where your work is only accessible in form of a preprint, you should make sure to mention that the work you are advertising has only been submitted to SOIL and has been neither peer-reviewed nor accepted yet. We also recommend that you contact the editors of SOIL, as well as Media and Communications at Copernicus (firstname.lastname@example.org) and at EGU (email@example.com). Please keep in mind that advertisement at an early stage generates useful attention for your preprint but might hinder readers from finding and citing your final journal article once it has been published. Media sources will not update the link to your work.
Your paper has been published – congratulations. But your work is not done yet: you want the world to know that your article is out there.
- Use social media to communicate with scientists around the world as well as with journalists and other people interested in your research.
- Share your work on the platforms that you use and that are relevant in your field, for example: ResearchGate, Twitter, Mendeley, Facebook, LinkedIn, Xing.
- Use the complete citation of your paper with the DOI.
- Always link to the original text.
- Always include your key figure or graphical abstract when posting about your work.
- Inform your colleagues by including the reference in your email footer.
- Do not forget to refer to your new article in your blog, in your publications list, on your personal website and your institute’s website.