The goal of publishing is not simply to get published. Rather, as an academic author, your main goal is RECOGNITION: recognition of YOU as a researcher; recognition of YOUR RESEARCH findings; recognition of your department; and recognition of Illinois Tech as a leading research institution. Recognition is achieved by both exposure and credibility. The goal is to maximize both.
The best ways to gain recognition for your work are to:
Remember, if they can't download and read it, can't find it, or don't trust it, they're never going to cite it!
Traditionally, recognition has been measured by some form of citation analysis. The most well-know of these are the researcher "h-index" and the journal "impact factor" now published by Clarviate but originally created by the Science Citation Index in the 1960s. The continued use of these has problems:
In 2012, a group of scholarly journal publishers met at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology to address the shortcomings of existing assessment methods and to attempt to move research assessment into the digital age. The resulting document, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, or DORA, is the result of their work. As of early May 2020, DORA has been endorsed by 1,935 organizational signatories and 15,802 individuals. The DORA website, https://sfdora.org/, includes the full text of the original declaration along with information on best practices for implementation.