Research Visibility: Researcher Profiles
What do people find when they search for you and your research online? Chances are, if you've published, then you already have some sort of profile, but how well is it working for you? This page outlines some of the ways you can manage your professional identity online.
Tips for Managing Your Researcher Profile(s)
- Use a consistent name and institutional affiliation (e.g. "Memorial University of Newfoundland") when you publish to ensure your works are correctly attributed.
- Connect your profiles to enable information to feed back and forth so that you don't have to manually update each profile (e.g. Add your Scopus ID to ORCID and vice versa).
ORCID is an acronym for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. An ORCID is a unique identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers and that can help ensure that your work is attributed to you.
Why get an ORCID
- ORCID allows you to list all of your work in one place, regardless of whether it's indexed in a particular database or what type of work it is. You can even add artistic performances or physical objects.
- You can add peer review activities, memberships, and service, to your profile.
- ORCID is a non-profit platform; unlike other researcher IDs, it is not affiliated with a specific company or database.
- You control which of your works are added and which details of your profile are visible.
- ORCID differentiates you from other researchers with the same name as you.
- Many funding agencies and publishers now require authors to have an ORCID.
- You can add a "trusted individual" (such as an assistant) who can maintain your ORCID account for you.
Scopus automatically generates an Author Profile for researchers in the Scopus database.
This profile includes a list of documents (in publications that are indexed by Scopus), as well as indicators such as number of citations and h-index.
Review your profile to make sure the contents are accurate, and add your ORCID (your ORCID helps Scopus ensure that your publications are attributed correctly).
To review your Scopus Author Profile:
- Perform an Author Search in Scopus to locate and open your Author Details page
- To make corrections to your profile, click "Edit Author Profile" in the menu on the right side of the screen
- To add your ORCID, click "Connect to ORCID" in the menu on the right side of the screen
Google Scholar Citations is another platform on which you can keep track of citations to your articles. You can create a public (or private) profile, and view some citation metrics, such as your h-index.
Google Scholar is widely used and freely available, so having a Google Scholar Citations profile can increase the visibility of your research.
A Google account is required to create a Google Scholar Citations profile.
Publons / Web of Science ResearcherID
A Web of Science ResearcherID is a unique identifier that connects you to your publications across Web of Science products (i.e.,Web of Science, Publons, and InCites). As of April 2019, ResearcherIDs have been migrated to the Publons platform.
Publons is a site where you can track, verify, and display your peer review and editorial service for academic journals. You can also display your publications and citation metrics along with your peer reviews.
If you have an existing Web of Science account, this will work for Publons.
Yaffle is Memorial’s online platform to showcase research and expertise, and to connect people and projects. Yaffle helps solve problems by brokering collaboration opportunities.
You can create a profile of your work, or submit an opportunity or project for which you're seeking collaboration.