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Scholarly Communication Services - Researcher Profile & Identifier Management: Essentials

Researcher Profile & Identifier Management

Publishing is a traditional way for researchers and creators to promote and disseminate and their work, and the Internet provides additional means to widen its visibility and availability. Researcher profile management describes the means used by creators to manage their online presence.  Researchers can use this to promote their work, identify new collaborators, and inspire subsequent research or creations.  Various studies show that using online tools increase views, which may lead to an increased impact of a researcher and his or her work.

The most frequently used means of researcher profile management include the following:

  • Creating an individual web site (institutional or private).
  • Opening a social media account: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and others with regular posts.
  • Using a scholarly collaboration network (SCN):  Mendeley, ResearchGate,
  • Posting a profile on a professional networking website: LinkedIn, or member profile sites of professional associations

Persistent Identifiers (PIDs).  A persistent identifier (known as PID) is a long-lasting label or reference to an online work.  Various organizations (ORCID) and publishers (Scopus ID) assign their respective PIDs to researchers.  Funders and organizations are increasingly using these within within various research-related workflows and as a means of tracking productivity.  Organizational PIDs can be set up by researchers, while publisher-generated PIDs will be assigned to researchers or authors who publish with them.

Create a Researcher Profile or Persistent Identifier 

Which profile site is right for me?  Some researchers post profiles on multiple sites, but to select which which may be more relevant (and worthy of the time it takes for keeping the information current), consider the following factors:

  • Discipline:  where are scholars and researchers in your discipline frequently creating profiles?  A humanities or social work researcher would get more visibility when creating profiles on sites used by his or her peers rather than sites for a STEM audience.
  • Sharing Work:  How do you want to share your work, and in what formats?  By default, most for-profit academic publishers (e.g., Wiley, Taylor and Francis) do not allow sharing final copies of work they publish (although an author addendum could change this).  Sharing links such as digital object identifiers (DOIs) or permanent URLs (PURLs) that lead to copies of work are, however, typically acceptable.  
  • Grants and Funders:  some federal grants or other research funders may require applicants to create a profile (e.g., SciENcv for NIH grant applications).
  • Privacy:  check for privacy options, especially if you wish to limit your visibility or what is shown to select viewers.


ORCID ID and Profile Example

Scopus Author Profile 

If you have published in a Scopus (Elsevier) indexed journal, you have been assigned a SCOPUS ID. You can link your SCOPUS ID to your ORCID account.

Scopus ID Example

Mendeley Researcher Profile

Mendeley Profile Example


Publons Researcher Profile Example

Google Scholar Profile 

Google Scholar Log-In Page

See the following example of a Google Scholar profile created by Professor Maria Fadiman of FAU: 

Example of a Google Scholar Profile

SciENcv Profile 


ResearchGate is an online research community in which you can share updates about your research and publications, and obtain citation counts and your h-index.

ResearchGate Profile Example


Kudos Profile