Monday, 7 November 2016

Increasing your visibility: online profiles - Royal College Surgeons in Ireland


Increasing your visibility: online profiles

As a researcher, presenting your research at conferences and publishing
papers, you are building networks. Here we look at some ways to
increase and manage your visibility within and possibly beyond these
networks, thereby increasing the potential for future citations to your



Variants in personal and institutional names can adversely impact overall research ratings and lead to confusion. ORCID ID
(Open Researcher and Contributor's ID) is a service designed to both
standardise names and showcase the work of researchers. Register for an
ORCID id and submit it with grant applications, to publishers with your
manuscripts and attach it to your Scopus, ResearcherID (Web of Science),
GoogleScholar or other profiles. This unique identifier ensures that
you and your research are easily distinguishable.


A profile is automatically created and a unique identifier assigned to
you. There is a precise algorithm behind matching your publications to
your profile which may result in more than one profile being created for
you. You can request amendments to a profile if items have been
incorrectly added and merge profiles if more than one profile is
assigned to you.

Find Scopus on the Library's Databases pages.

Web of Science

Set up a unique ResearcherID and ensure that your publications are
linked to the ResearcherID profile. You can register directly via ResearcherID
or via Web of Science. Registration enables you to create a public
profile of all publications, citations and collaborations, which can
also integrate with Web of Science and Endnote Online. Make sure
however to keep your ResearchID profile up to date as (unlike Scopus)
this is not an automated process.

Find Web of Science on the Library's Databases pages. Find EndNote Online within Web of Science.

Academic Networks

Research Gate and
are academic social networking platforms aimed at connecting you to
other researchers, to share, interact and identify potential
collaborations. You can set up a profile and add a publication list.
However, be careful when adding full text, as this is subject to
publisher permissions. Check the publisher’s website or email us at and we will be happy to advise.

While academic networks are great tools to promote your research, they don’t fulfil funders’ open access mandates. See our Open Access Publishing page for more details.  A blog post from the Office for Scholarly Communications, University of California entitled A social networking site is not an open access repository outlines the pros and cons of both types of systems.

Social Media

Use social media to promote your research and your research profiles.
Set up a Twitter account and tweet about your new papers as well as
colleagues’ research. Use it to follow others working in the same
field, keep up with new developments and identity new collaborations. A
LinkedIn profile will publicise your research and connect you to
potential employers, research funders, and collaborators.

Further Information

Slides from the RCSI Supporting Researchers Lunchtime workshop entitled How Visible are You? are available on Moodle - scroll down to the Guides and Resources for Researchers topic.

See also our Where to Publish page for advice on choosing journals to publish in – this can also impact on your research visibility and impact.


For help with increasing your visibility, contact Grainne McCabe, Scholarly Communications & Research Support Officer.

Increasing your visibility: online profiles - Royal College Surgeons in Ireland

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