Thursday, 7 January 2016

For Researchers Only: Best Ways to Publicize Your Work


For Researchers Only: Best Ways to Publicize Your Work

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As a scholar, it can be hard to make sure your research is available
in an aggregated, easy-to-find format. There are some tools out there
that can build and promote your digital academic research footprint. All
are free, and most only take a few minutes of your time to set up and

Google Scholar Author Profile Pages

Google Scholar
has a citations feature that lets you create an author profile page to
aggregate all your scholarly works, co-authors, and citations in one
place. The profile page also has links to your website, a profile
picture, and charts showing your annual citation count to easily view
growth over time. It takes less than five minutes to set up, and you can
choose to have it automatically update as it finds new works or you can
manage it manually. Make sure to set your page status to "Public" if
you want people to find your work and that all the papers Google
suggests are yours (if other researchers have the same name as you,
don’t trust the automatic updates).

Pro Tip: If you link to your Google Scholar page and you have more than 20 papers, add &view_op=list_works&pagesize=100 to the end of the URL to show up to 100 papers in the first click.


As its name suggests, the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is the leading online repository for social science research. Its free service
allows scholars to upload abstracts or full PDFs of their research,
provides citation data, monthly rankings, and offers eJournals on a wide
range of topics including entrepreneurship, economics, finance,
marketing, law, and management among many others.

The Kauffman Foundation sponsors the Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Network
(ERPN) on SSRN to provide an online community for entrepreneurship
research from all academic disciplines and the users of that
information. The Foundation encourages all entrepreneurship scholars to
post working and published papers there in order to reach a broad

Each month you can find the top most recent publications on ERPN on Growthology.


ORCID is a digital
identifier that is unique to you as a researcher. With numerous
professors out there named John Smith, your ORCID iD makes sure papers
written by you the John Smith are correctly identified, and not mis-assigned to the other John Smith who also conducts research in your area.


originally known as the Berkeley Electronic Press, is similar to SSRN in
that it disseminates scholarly works and allows scholars to create a
bepress SelectedWorks site. Scholars can also use the tool to network with each other.


Research Papers in Economics, known as RePEc, has a similar mission to SSRN but just with economics. If your research is in economics, you may wish to create a RePEc profile. and and
are kind of social media networks for academics and their research.
Academia is open to anyone wishing to follow certain researchers, while
you can only join Researchgate if you show that you’re an actual
researcher. Both allow you to post your research and follow the profiles
of other researchers. Even though Researchgate is more of a closed
platform, author pages there are discoverable through search tools.


LinkedIn is the
go-to professional social media network for businesses and
professionals, including academics. It offers features that let you post
PDFs of or links to your work, including published papers, working
papers, articles, blog posts, or even videos. You can list your current
place of employment as well as your education and volunteer work, and
provide links to your research on all the other services and sites
listed above.

Personal/Business Website

This might seem like a given, but enough academics don’t have robust
or current websites, either through their universities or through a
service such as Google sites or that it needs mentioning.
Your website is the top result that shows up when someone searches for
you, so it should be clean, easy to follow, and up to date. (Repeat: CURRENT!)

If your paper was forthcoming in 2012 but has since been published, make
sure you check and update that at least once or twice a year. If
nothing else, a basic academic site should list your contact information
(including Twitter
if you use it), have a link to your CV (again:  current! — more to
follow on that in my next post), and list any of the services you use
above. A relatively recent photo is also useful for people looking to
network with you after conferences.

All of these services can help people find you and your research. While
this is useful in general in today’s ultra-connected world, it’s
especially useful for professors seeking tenure. Additionally, if your
institution uses software to track metrics, SSRN, RePEc, and ORCID
directly integrate with some of these software platforms to make it
easier for them to track your work (other services may as well — Google
Scholar does not).

Make sure your digital academic research footprint is robust, current,
and correctly represents you as a researcher. Give someone looking to
hire you or know more about your work a complete picture, and make it
easy to find.

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