The immediacy index (found on Web of Science) indicates how quickly after publication articles within a journal are cited, on average. Although it is well known that many articles will never be cited, perhaps this indicator could help you to make the final choice between two journals.
Other factors worth considering include:
More information can be found in our researchers' Scholarly Communication guide.
Highly cited authors tend to accrue more citations so that they are sought after co-authors. Also, papers from a large, international collaboration with hundreds of authors are often more highly cited. The authors will potentially all be promoting their paper, so co-authored papers are more likely to be widely disseminated. An interesting paper in Scientometrics explores the characteristics of highly cited authors.
If you already know that you are missing a couple of citations to one of your outputs to boost your h-index up to the next level then you could be strategic in publicising that output to others.
Five ways to publicise an output:
There are some important movements that seek to guide our use of metrics in research arenas:
A quick video from piirus.ac.uk introducing their "health check" for a researcher's digital identity
Look for people and places where connections could be made or impact might be achieved with techniques such as:
Consider tweeting, blogging, vlogging (video blogging) or sharing images, as a way of raising your profile, and use this channel to celebrate your success.
Some tools will help you to boast about how many visitors or followers you have: this is fairly common practice on social media. Just beware of the "humblebrag" and make it a straightforward celebration.
A few of these are that you can:
Melissa Terras documented the effect of tweeting about her research.