Similo is a postdoctoral research fellow at the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and STI Policy (SciSTIP). She has authored and co-authored several peer reviewed articles in national and international journals. Her most recent articles include, Agricultural Research in Zimbabwe: An Author-level Bibliometric Analysis of Publication Outlets and Research Collaboration, Science, Technology and Society Journal (in press, with Boshoff, N); Participation of ‘international national organisations’ in Africa’s research: A bibliometric study of agriculture and health in Zimbabwe, Scientometrics, 1-21, (2020, with Boshoff, N); Valorisation: The case of the faculty of applied sciences at the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe, South African Journal of Higher Education, 32(2) , 215-236 (2019, with Boshoff N); and, Communication of reproductive health information to the rural girl child in Filabusi, Zimbabwe. African health sciences, 16(2), 451-461. She has made several contributions to book chapters and has presented research articles at national and international conferences, notable, The 17th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informatrics (ISSI), Sapienza University of Rome, September 2-2019; IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group. Satellite Meeting, at UNISA, Pretoria, 11 -12 August 2015; 14th Biennial Congress of the Association for Health Information and Library in Africa (AHILA), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 20-24 October 2014; and, the 6th Native American Indigenous studies conference. University of Texas Austin, Hilton Austin, 29-31 May 2014.
She is currently working on bibliometric studies with a focus on research in Africa and on a DFG project titled, Science as a field of struggle: A multi-method empirical study of inequality and its epistemic effects in forest research.