Strategies to Ensure Your Article is Read

Most academic article database use relevance rankings to sort article results. Your goal as an author is to get your article placed on the first page of results so the article is more likely to be read by scholars.

Write your article title and abstract with your audience in mind. Ask yourself what keywords are they most likely to be used by researchers when searching for scholarship on your topic?

The terms you use in title, abstracts and author-supplied keywords will be weighed heavily in a typical results page. Ebsco a major publishing platform, describes the importance of different fields (title, abstract, full-text etc) for ranking in its results here.  Other articles on the topic of search engine optimization are listed below.


Harvard Kennedy School faculty and staff (including fellows) are encouraged to deposit articles, working papers and other scholarly materials into Harvard's online repository. DASH.

Harvard Kennedy School faculty are also covered by the Harvard University Open Access Policy. Please view our Fast Answer for additional details about Harvard University's Open Access Policy and depositing your scholarship into DASH. If you have questions about depositing your scholarly articles into the HKS faculty series or HKS affiliate series in DASH, contact Valerie Weis. Valerie serves as the HKS Library Liaison for DASH.

Article Processing Fees

Academic journals may charge publishing fees called "academic processing fees." One way to defer the cost of publication is to submit your article to an open access journal and then request reimbursement through Harvard's Office of Scholarly Communications, Hope Fund. Harvard's Office of Scholarly Communications, which manages the fund, lists eligibility requirements for Hope Fund awards. Articles published in hybrid journals (author has option of publishing open access or a lower cost "pay wall" option) are not eligible for the HOPE fund.

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