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Research Impact Guide: Researcher Profile

Use this guide to find information about: Overview of Research Metrics; Journal Impact Factor; Author Impact (h-index); Researcher Profile & Alternative Metrics

Why set up a Researcher Profile?

The main reason for setting up a profile is as a way to have all your publications listed in the one place. This makes it easy for others to easily identify your work. It is also useful for author disambiguation purposes - different databases display author names differently, and if you have a common name it can be difficult for others to easily identify your work. It is important to note, however, that you do need to keep them up-to-date yourself and ensure that all your publications are included.

Tools to Set Up Your Researcher Profile

There are several tools you can use to promote your research. Below is a list of some of them. This page gives more information on each tool.

Academia.edu

Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research.

Watch the video below to learn more.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar allows you to set up a profile which contains your publications. The profile also provides you with various author metrics, such as h-index. In order to set up your profile, you need to have a Google account.

View Citation Tracking with Google Scholar video:

LinkedIn

LinkedIn connects the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.

Watch the video below to find out more:

ResearchGate

Access scientific knowledge, and make your research visible.

Watch the video below to learn more.

ORCID

ORCID stands for Open Researcher & Contributor ID.  It is an international, interdisciplinary non-profit organization allowing researchers to attain a unique and persistent digital identifier.  A key benefit of ORCID is that it helps solve name ambiguity in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers. 

Scopus is linked to ORCID, allowing researchers to export their existing author information without the manual effort of adding it into the ORCID site itself. This is done by using their existing Scopus Author ID.

Watch the video below to learn how to create an ORCID record from your Scopus Author ID:

What is the Scopus Author Identifier?

Many authors have similar names. The Scopus Author Identifier distinguishes between these names by assigning each author in Scopus a unique number and grouping together all of the documents written by that author.  

This is especially useful for distinguishing between authors who share very common names like Smith or Wang or Lee.   Additionally, author names in Scopus can be formatted differently. For example, the same author could appear in one document as Lewis, M; in another as Lewis, M.J; and in another as Lewis, Michael. Scopus Author Identifier matches the documents of this author and groups these name variants together so that authors, even if cited differently, are identified with their specific papers.   This helps you find and recognize an author, despite variations in name spelling.

View Searching for Authors in Scopus tutorial

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