Recently I published a paper in as a short communication in a Springer Journal in Natural Science discipline (Impact Factor 3.56). It was a short paper within 2500 words and 3 figures although the figures can be split up to 8-10 independent figures to make it a full length research paper.
I shared this paper in the social media after it got published. A few of my contacts asked me why I published it as a short communication, rather than as a full research article. They also mentioned that short communications are in general not treated as peer reviewed articles even if it underwent a rigorous review process. They have now suggested making it a full paper with some additional results.
My questions are:
- Does this publication really have no Impact factor as of the Journal?
- Does people cite the results published in short communications?
- Is it always possible to extend the short communicated articles to full length? If possible, then can I copy all or some of the point-to-point texts and results already published in the short communications? Will it be considered as self plagiarism?