Why should I care about my online presence?
- To make your research and teaching activities known
- To increase the chance of publications getting cited
- To correct attribution, names and affiliations
- To make sure that a much as possible is counted in research assessments
- To increase the chance of new contacts for research cooperation
- To increase the chance of funding
- To serve society better
Researcher profile sites & services compared
- Author disambiguation services: ORCID and ResearcherID
(and also DAI/NARCIS, VIAF and ISNI that are managed by libraries and
registration agencies and require no user action from academics)
- Personal sites and social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, own website, blog
- Researcher Communities: Academia / ResearchGate
- Reference managment tools with social functions: Mendeley
- Search engines with author profiles: Google Scholar, Scopus
- University author profile pages; UU pages
|Mendeley||Google Scholar||ORCID||Researcher ID||ScopusID||Research Gate||Academia edu||UU pages|
|soc. media links||n||n||n||n||n||y||y||n|
|bio, interests, affil||y||y||y||y||n||y||y||y|
|user accounts 201310||2.5 million||?||>250K||?||na||~3 million||4.9 milllion||all UU|
|Utrecht users 201210||229||437||?||273||na||>1000||986||all|
|Utrecht users 201303||?||585||?||276||na||2304||1295||all|
|Utrecht users 201310 (incl. UMCU)||?||678||~80||376||na||3036||1401||all|
|adding publications manually||y||y||n||n||n||y||y||n|
|adding publications (semi)automatically||many search engines + import RIS or BibTeX||Google Scholar||
Crossref + Scopus + RsearcherID + PubMedCentral Europe
|WoS + ORCID||Scopus||PubMed + IEEE + CiteSeer + RepEc + BMC||Crossref + Microsoft AS+ PubMed + ArXiv||Metis|
1. More visible with Google Scholar Citations in three steps
you like it or not, Google Scholar is by far the most widely used
bibliographical tool for scholarly publications. It has a problem
however, and that is metadata control. You can enhance your findability
by creating an account and telling Google which publications in their
database are yours. After taking these steps searches on your name will
show your profile on top of the results. The profile itself shows your
list of publications in Google Scholar with basic metrics. Besides
journal papers, it may also include books and reports.
- If you do not yet have a Google account, go to Google and create it.
- Go to Google Scholar, make sure you are logged in and click "My Citations"
- Follow instructions to create your profile and add or remove publications that are yours or not yours
- You can get an overview of people at our institution with a Google Scholar profile
- Once you have activated your profile, Google Scholar gives you
automatically reading suggestions based on your citations (on the
homepage and a full list by clicking "my updates")
- You can track new papers and citations (of yourself and/or others)
- More about Google Scholar Citations
- More on Google Scholar in general in in the LibGuide Google Scholar
2. More visible with ORCID in three steps
you can already create a profile, link it to your Scopus ID, ResearchID
and/or import publications from a so-called crossref search.Further
functionality is being developed.
- Go to ORCID, register for an ORCID ID (under "for researchers") and complete your profile
- Click "import research activities" and follow instructions to import publication details from Scopus
- Click "view public ORCID record" to check whether it does not show anything you do not like to be publicly visible
3. More visible with a ResearcherID in three steps
is the profile tool from Thomson Reuters, the owners of Web of Science
and the Journal Citation Reports. Researcher ID offers a public profile.
You can choose what to show publicly. Researcher ID is also important
as a basis to provide feedback to Web of Science for grouping author
name variants or corrections to affiliations.
- Go to Researcher ID, sign up and complete your profile.
- Add some publications if you have a few listed in Web of Science and preview the public version of your profile.
- If you already have made an ORCID
ID you can link Researcher ID to that. It is best to do that in a place
where you have access to Web of Science.
4. More visible by checking your Scopus Author ID in three steps
Scopus Author ID is not a researcher profile site, but helps author
recognition and disambiguation when searching publications. Many
researchers already have a Scopus ID without realising it. By checking
the correctness of publications assigned to your Scopus Author ID, you
will certainly help others finding your stuff. It will also improve
completeness and correctness of citation analyses. And it also improves
feeds of your publications list to be shown on other sites.
- Go to Scopus and use the author search tab to search for your own name
- Check if all publications assigned
to you are correct and if there are no variants of your name that are
not yet grouped to your main entry.
- If there are ungrouped name
variants with your publications send Scopus feedback by checking name
variants and clicking "request to merge authors" on top of the results
list. (For that it may be required to create a personal account within
the institutional license).
- If you want to get an idea of the problem of author disambiguation have a look at this search for H. Wang
- Have a look at the list of Utrecht authors in Scopus (with and without Scopus ID)
- Did you know there is a free Scopus author preview?
- More about the Scopus Author ID
5. More visible with Researchgate in 3 steps
is a very large (originally German) researcher community linking
researchers around topics. It is frequently used to ask questions to
collegues all over the world that have the same set of interests and
specialisations. You can choose which topics or researchers to follow.
You can automatically populate your publications list or add items from
reference management tools or add manually. You can even upload and
share full text publications (e.g. last author versions that many
publishers allow you to share).
- Go to Researchgate, sign up and complete your profile with whatever you think relevant.
- Add your publications by clicking add publications" and choosing "author match".
- Select one or two topics to follow if you want
- ResearchGate also has a public list of researchers that have joined researchgate
- Full text publications uploaded to Researchgate profiles are indexed by Google Scholar
- More about ResearchGate
6. More visible with Academia.edu in 3 steps
is a large researcher community. Just as ResearchGate it connects
scholars around topics. You can add papers through a built in search
using Microsoft Academic, PubMed and ArXiv. You can also add ful text.
The process is easy, but the coverage not as comprehensive as Google
- Go to Academia.edu and sign up.
- Add publications/papers by clicking your name top right, then "add papers"and "import"
- Find a few people in your field to follow
- Full text publications uploaded to Academica profiles are indexed by Google Scholar
- More about Academia.edu and FAQ
7. More visible with Mendeley in three steps
of the steps towards visibility and efficient reference management is a
Mendeley account. Mendeley is an Elsevier-owned reference management
tool that is used by millions of researchers, offers immediate
readership statistics and has strong social functions. Probably many of
your publications are already present in the Mendeley database, but with
your own account you can make sure that all of them are. And you can do
much, much more.
- Open Mendeley from your computer's
list of applications and make an account. If Mendeley is not yet
installed and you have rights to install software go to Mendeley, make an account.
- Complete your profile
- Add publications:
- (PDF-)files of (your) papers on your hard drive (in one go)
- references from a search in Google Scholar or another bibliographic database
- Start building a network of colleagues or (open or closed) groups
8. More visible with the Utrecht University profile pages in three steps
available since Spring 2013. You can add your CV, profile and list
additional functions (free text). It also lists your publications as
entered in the University Research Information System Metis. Often this
is done for you by the faculty or department administration once every
3, 6 or 12 months. However, one thing you can do yourself is upload the
full text of publications to make these more visible.
1) Go to your UU profile page
and start editing by logging in top right. Add some text on tthe CV
tab. Even just listing one or two current research projects, areas of
expertise or subject keywords will help foster your visibility.
2) Have a look at your contact
information tab. Add links to your other profiles (Linked-In, Google
Scholar, ORCID, Academia and others you may have). You can also choose
to adds these links to the profile tab.
3) Have a look at your publication
list. Are there titles of which you have the full text available to
upload? It does help to do this. Your publications will become available
in the university repository Igitur and by that will become easily
findable with free full text in Google Scholar. That means they are
available to scholars, professionals and lay people, even if they do not
have access to the expensive journal plaforms. Yes, there are sometime
copyright issues, but the upload function has information on that. And
the good thing is: the library always does a final copyright check. In
some cases you are not allowed to upload the publisher version of
papers, but are allowed to upload your last author version (after peer
review but without the publisher's typesetting etc.)
- more information on Open Access sharing in our Open Access LibGuide
Researcher profiles - Research impact & Visibility - LibGuides at Utrecht University