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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for your article

More than 50% of traffic to Wiley Online Library comes directly from Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines. Wiley does everything possible to ensure that all research content is visible and high ranking in the search results of Google and other engines.

You can also play a crucial role in optimizing the search results for your article – helping people to find, read, and cite your work.


5 tips for increasing your article's search engine discoverability

1. Create a search engine friendly title

Include 1-2 keywords related to your topic
  Place your keywords within the first 65 characters of your title

Keep your title short
  Consider moving a phrase from your title to the first or second sentence of your abstract

2. Optimize your abstract

Place essential findings and keywords in the first two sentences of your abstract
  Only the first two sentences normally display in search engine results

Repeat your keywords 3-6 times
  Don't forget the purpose of your abstract is to express the key points of your research,
  clearly, and concisely

See below for an example of a well-optimized abstract.

Article abstract

3. Use keywords throughout your article

Include keywords in your title (1-2), abstract (2-3), and keyword fields (5-7)
  Keywords may be keyword phrases rather than just single words

Incorporate keywords in your headings too
  Headings tip off search engines to the structure and content of your article

Find specific keywords on Google Trends and Google Adwords keyword tools
  Remember that keywords are important for A&I services as well as SEO

Use keywords consistent with your field
  If you're unsure, check the words used in your field's major papers

Let keywords flow naturally and in a contextual way
  Search engines dislike too much keyword repetition, known as keyword stuffing, and
  may 'un-index' your article, making it hard to find online

4. Be consistent

Refer to author names and initials in a consistent manner throughout the paper
  Remember to be consistent with any previous online publications

5. Build links

Link to your article across your social media, networking, and institutional sites
  The more in-bound links to your article, the more search engines like Google will value
  and highlight your content

Encourage colleagues to link to your article
  The more links from respected individuals/trusted sites the more powerful the effect.
  Don't forget to do the same for them!

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