Scholarly Impact Challenge: The 2022 Challenge

Join the Scholarly Impact Challenge to improve your research impact!

2023 Challenge

The 2023 Scholarly Impact Challenge will be coming back from Oct 23-27! Keep an eye on this guide for more information.


Participating in this challenge helps you understand how scholarly impact is measured in the sciences. Completing each step will also will make you and your research more discoverable, which means you may get more opportunities for collaborators, and your work is more likely to be read and cited. The tasks included in our Scholarly Impact Challenge should take just a few minutes each day and will help you see the “ripple effect” of your work through citation tracking, traditional metrics, and altmetrics. If you complete the challenges, you will be entered into a raffle to win a USC Libraries swag bag and have a chance to have your research featured on the USC Libraries social media streams.

Th 2022 Challenge is now closed, but you can still finish these challenges. Check back in 2023 for a new challenge and new opportunities to win!

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5 Day Scholarly Impact Challenge

You can complete each of these challenges in just a few minutes each day. Follow the instructions and links below to achieve the challenges; review the other tabs of this guide for more information about why each challenge will help you increase your impact.

Day 1: Register for an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)

  1. Register for an ORCID  (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) using an email address you will continually have access to. This may be your email or another.
  2.  If you chose to use a non-USC email address, after registration, add your email to link your profile to USC.
  3. Populate your profile with your publications.
  4. Make all or some of your profile publicly visible.

Day 2: Claim your Scopus author ID and link your Scopus Author ID to ORCID

  1.  Search Scopus for your profile.Scopus is a multidisciplinary sciences database that includes journal articles, conference proceedings, and books. Scopus Author IDs are created for any author with a publication in Scopus.
  2. If you have more than one profile in Scopus, request that they be merged by clicking Request to merge authors at the top of the search results.
  3. Find your Author ID in Scopus and open your profile. Click the link to Connect to ORCID. Follow the steps to log in with your ORCID identifier. This will populate your ORCID profile with publications from Scopus.

Day 3: Find reputable Open Access journals in your field

1. Find 2 or 3 Open Access journals related to your field that you would consider publishing in:

2. Look up the impact factor for the journals using the Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

Day 4: Set up citation alerts and make sure you've registered for a My NCBI account

Day 5: Track your altmetrics


  • Install the Altmetric bookmarklet (compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) and view an article's Altmetric Attention Score by clicking on the icon in your bookmarks toolbar
  • View your PlumX Metrics in Scopus (under Article Metrics)

Completed the Challenge?

Whether you did one challenge each day, or completed all of the challenges in one day, you have started on your path of improving the visibility and tracking the impact of your publications and research. Congratulations!

The 2022 Scholarly Impact Challenge raffle is now over, but you can still complete these challenges and increase your impact. Check back in 2023 for another challenge with different tools and sources!

Follow the Norris Medical Library, Seaver Science and Engineering Library or Wilson Dental Library on Instagram for an announcement of raffle winners!

Impact Challenge

This 5-day challenge was adapted from The 30-Day Impact Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Raising the Profile of Your Research by Stacy Konkiel. For more information and additional strategies, read the book here.

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