Monday, 8 June 2015

Researcher profiles - Research Impact & Visibility


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

There are various types of sites and services that are important in fostering your visibility:

  • 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 managrment 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
publications list y y y y y y y y
publications linked y y y y y (poss.) (poss.)  (poss.)
publications metrics y y n y y y y n
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
user accounts 201410 > 3 million ? >950K ? na ~5 million >14.6 million 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) ~1500? (Jan 2014) 678 ~80 376 na 3036 1401 all

Utrecht  users 201410 (incl. UMCU)

? 968 476 (UU only) 478 na 3648 3013 all
uploading papers y n n n n y y y
adding publication data manually y y y n n y y n
adding publications (semi)automatically many search engines + import RIS or BibTeX Google Scholar
Crossref + Scopus + RsearcherID + DataCite + PubMedCentral Europe

WoS + ORCID Scopus PubMed + IEEE + CiteSeer + RepEc + BMC Crossref + Microsoft AS+ PubMed + ArXiv Metis / Pure
* Academia figures include students and alumni

There is also a training available to learn more about researcher profiles


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.

  1. If you do not yet have a Google account, go to Google and create it.
  2. Go to Google Scholar, make sure you are logged in and click "My Citations"
  3. Follow instructions to create your profile and add or remove publications that are yours or not yours
NB Because new articles are automatically added to authors' profiles
it is wise to check regularly, because in rare cases articles may be
wrongly attributed to you.


More visible with ORCID in three steps

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is
a non-proprietary, international ID that provides you with a persistent
digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher.
It is strategically important because it enables all databases to
automatically link publications to you by your ORCID. At ORCID you can
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.

  1. Go to ORCID, register for an ORCID ID (under "for researchers") and complete your profile
  2. Click "import research activities" and follow instructions to import publication details from e.g. Scopus
  3. Click "view public ORCID record" to check whether it does not show anything you do not like to be publicly visible

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.

  1. Go to Researcher ID, sign up and complete your profile.
  2. Add some publications if you have a few listed in Web of Science and preview the public version of your profile.
  3. 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

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.

  1. Go to Scopus and use the author search tab to search for your own name
  2. 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
  3. 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).

More visible with Researchgate in three 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).

  1. Go to Researchgate, sign up and complete your profile with whatever you think relevant.
  2. Add your publications by clicking add publications" and choosing "author match".
  3. Select one or two topics to follow if you want

More visible with in three 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

  1. Go to and sign up.
  2. Add publications/papers by clicking your name top right, then "add papers"and "import"
  3. Find a few people in your field to follow

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.

  1. Mendeley, make an account.
  2. Complete your profile
  3. Add publications:
    1. (PDF-)files of (your) papers on your hard drive (in one go)
    2. references from a search in Google Scholar or another bibliographic database
  4. Start building a network of colleagues or (open or closed) groups
Of course, for the reference management function of Mendeley there
are many alternatives, such as Zotero, Endnote, RefWorks and more. See
the seperate guide on reference management.


More visible with the Utrecht University profile pages in three steps

UU profile pagesThe Utrecht Unviversity staff profile pages are
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

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. You
can do this via your PURE account. Your publications will become
available in the Utrecht University repository 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 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.)


Field specific author profiles

Researcher profiles - Research Impact & Visibility - LibGuides at Utrecht University

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