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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, Academia.edu
- 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.
What is Profile Management?
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.
Check ORCID's registry to see if one has been created for you. Changes or corrections to your ORCID ID can be requested through this site.
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.
Mendeley Researcher Profile
Search for scholarly literature, and explore related works, citations, authors, and publications. Patents info and links to legal cases are also available here.
See the following example of a Google Scholar profile created by Professor Maria Fadiman of FAU:
SciENcv (National Institutes of Health)
Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a new electronic system that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research. SciENcv gathers and compiles information on expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. SciENcv allows researchers to describe and highlight their scientific contributions in their own words.
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.
Kudos is a research engagement and impact toolkit that promotes projects and research activities, targets a broad range of audiences, and allows tracking and reporting.