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Research Services: Introduction

The Glucksman Library's guide to assist researchers with all aspects of the research process from finding information to maximising impact.

Faculty Librarians

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Pattie Punch  |  Email:

Education & Health Sciences

Liz Dore  |  Email:

Science & Engineering

Mícheál Ó hAodha  |  Email:

Kemmy Business School

Peter Reilly  |  Email:

Research Support at UL

The Glucksman Library in the University of Limerick supports researchers in many different ways, including via the provision of quality research materials including books, e-journals and databases. In addition, there are a number of librarians that can help support your research including the Research Services Department and the Faculty Librarians.

Research Services Department

  • Provide training and support on bibliometrics including journal impact measures, h-index and altmetrics
  • Provide support on measuring your research impact and tracking your citations
  • Advise on how to increase the visibility of your research and maximise the impact of your research
  • Advise on open access publishing including funding agency policies
  • Advise on author/publisher copyright permissions regarding open access publishing
  • Advise on FAIR data management and Data Management Policies
  • Provide training and support on the use of the University of Limerick Institutional Repository (ULIR)
  • Provide EndNote training and support

5 Ways to Increase the Impact of your Research!

1. Publish in high impact journals that enable Open Access

Impact Factor metrics - e.g. Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) - will help you to select high impact journals in your field. Check Sherpa/Romeo for journals' Open Access policies.Consult with peers and check the scope of a journal, and if possible publish in Quartile 1 or 2 journals in your field.

2. Collaborate with other researchers

Collaboration leads to more citations because each author has their own network and collaborators will also cite each other's work in their other projects. Collaboration often leads to better quality research due to the complementary skills of the research team. Co-authored papers, especially those from outside the author's home country, have been shown to be cited more frequently. See this guide for tips on getting started with co-authoring.

3. Ensure your research is easily identifiable

Create an ORCID profile to ensure that all of your research is linked correctly to you. Link your ORCID profile to your ULRIS, Publons, Scopus and Google Profiles.

4. Increase the visibility of your research outputs

Take care when selecting and writing your title, abstract and keywords to ensure that your research is picked up in the search results of databases (i.e. search engine optimisation). Deposit your publications in the UL institutional repository to make the most of the open access citation advantage.

5. Communicate & promote your research

Social media (e.g. Twitter, blogs, slideshare) and academic social networking sites (e.g. ResearchGate , can be useful for publicising research and engaging with audiences. Researchers should also attend and present at conferences and seminars to communicate the results of their research and to meet potential collaborators.

Open Access and Search Engine Optimisation - Recorded Presentation

This recorded presentation will explain the benefits of open access and explain how you can increase the visibility of your publications via search engine optimisation (SEO).

What's New

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Digital Library

A transformative Open Access agreement between IReL and ACM allows unlimited and unrestricted access to the ACM Digital Library for UL students and staff, and Open Access publication in ACM journals, conference proceedings and magazines at no cost to UL authors.


To facilitate a transition to OA, IReL and Elsevier have agreed a deal which covers Article Processing charges (APCs) for 70% of UL-authored articles published in Elsevier journals.


Sage Research Methods Video

Practical Research and Academic Skills: Develop the practical skills necessary to conduct successful research with this collection of videos.

Sage Research Methods Cases Part 1

600+ cases with approximately 30 new cases added annually. (Limit to "content available to me" when doing a search, to see what the library has full access to.)


Getting Published and Maximising Your Research Impact

This recorded lecture examines how to maximise the impact of your  published research and summarises much of the content of this LibGuide.