Promote and Share Your Research: Your online profile

Your online profile

If you search for yourself using a search engine, what do you find?

Image source: Pixabay, CC0 Public DomainDo the search results reflect what you would like potential funding bodies, employers and collaborators to see?

This page provides information on a range of online profiles.

UniSA staff homepage

For UniSA staff, your staff homepage will most likely rank highly in search engine results. Below is information about staff home pages and how they can be updated.

Staff homepages

UniSA staff homepage author identifier badgesIn About me if you have ORCID, Scopus and ResearcherID profiles the badges linking to these should appear. If not, contact your Academic Library Team.

Under Social Media Links badges for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google Scholar and Instagram can be added to your staff home page.

For help with your staff home page visit the links below:

Endorsed profiles and author identifiers

Author identifiers

The University encourages all academic staff to have three author identifiers - ORCID, Scopus (where available) and ResearcherID (now hosted on Publons). One of the major reasons is author disambiguation - they assist in linking research outputs to the correct author. This reduces administrative burden, improves data accuracy and the discoverability of research outputs.

  • ORCID is independent, community-driven and intended to be overarching. Some publishers and funding bodies have made an ORCID mandatory.
  • Scopus Author ID is automatically generated for authors whose work is indexed in the Scopus database. Elsevier, using Scopus data, were the citation provider for ERA 2011 and 2015.
  • ResearcherID is hosted on Publons (provided by Clarivate Analytics). Clarivate Analytics, using Web of Science data, were the citation provider for ERA 2018.

ORCID logo

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) is a free, internationally recognised, non-profit registry system. It allows you to:

  • generate a unique, persistent identifier to easily distinguish yourself from other researchers
  • list all of your research outputs in one place (via import or manual entry)
  • link to other identifiers including ResearcherID and Scopus Author ID

What is ORCID@UniSA?

Registering your ORCiD with UniSA simplifies the management of your ORCiD record. It takes 2 minutes to register and this will then reduce the need to manually update your publications. More information is available from the ORCiD research guide.

Grant applications and publishing

ORCIDs are increasingly being used by funding bodies and journal publishers as a way to identify researchers. Therefore, certain publishers and grant funders may ask you to supply your ORCID.

Tip - Include unique identifiers such as Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) in your ORCID records where available. This will improve discoverability and the collection of metrics.

Scopus logoScopus (provided by Elsevier) is a large multidisciplinary database chosen to provide citation information for the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2015 evaluation.

Scopus automatically generates Author IDs to distinguish between authors in its database. You will only have an Author ID if you have work indexed in Scopus. The Author profiles linked to Scopus IDs show:

  • all your publications indexed in Scopus
  • citation metrics using Scopus data

Scopus Author IDs should be:

  • listed in your Academic Staff Activity Report
  • linked from your UniSA homepage
  • integrated with your ORCID - see guide below

There can be errors in Scopus author profiles, such as attribution of one researcher’s works to another with a similar name, or two or more records (and identifiers) for the one author. The feedback wizard allows researchers to request merging of records, preferred name, and to remove or add publications. 

If your Scopus Author ID is missing from your Academic Staff Activity Report or homepage, or you would like assistance to request corrections or integrate with ORCID, contact your Academic Library Team.

researcherID logoResearcherID is an author disambiguation and profiling tool provided by Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics). Since April 2019 it has been hosted on Publons.

ResearcherID profiles can show:

  • all your publications indexed in Web of Science
  • non-Web of Science research outputs
  • citation metrics for publications indexed in Web of Science

As with ORCID, the profile needs to be manually created and kept up-to-date via publication selection and import or manual creation of records.

ResearcherIDs should be:

  • listed in your Academic Staff Activity Report
  • linked from your UniSA homepage
  • integrated with your ORCID - see guide below

If your ResearcherID is missing from your Academic Staff Activity Report or homepage, or you would like assistance to request corrections or integrate with ORCID, contact Ask the Library.

Plan your online presence

Before you create any profiles, look at some online profiles and networking tools and consider:

  • How many profiles can you maintain?
  • Who you want to reach - other researchers, the public, practitioners?
  • Can you list your publications and if so how easy is it to do this?
  • Can you upload full text of publications (where copyright permits)?
  • What metrics can you view on engagement with your activity or work - e.g. citations, views?
  • What do you want to achieve - greater exposure for your work, find collaborators, get comments from peers on drafts, participate in online communities, keep up-to-date with the latest publications in a field?

Why Twitter?

This information network allows you to keep up-to-date (with areas, activities, topics, organisations, and more) through following the 280 character 'tweets' posted by individuals and organisations. You can engage by responding to others' tweets and creating tweets of your own, which can include photos, videos and links. Using Twitter

Twitter provides the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of individuals, groups and organisations, including those traditionally difficult to reach. This can include industry, researchers, community groups, media, organisations, government bodies, practitioners, and many others.

UniSA on Twitter: a sample

Why LinkedIn?

This career and industry-oriented social network allows individuals and companies to create profiles and develop and engage with professionally-oriented connections. If you choose to have a profile here, it is likely to be ranked highly in search engine results.

LinkedIn for researchers

Stacy Konkiel in her blog post Make LinkedIn work for your research (2014) provides general advice on how to create an effective and low maintenance profile. For researchers, a few of her suggestions include: highlighting expertise in a succinct headline; using the summary to 'provide concrete details about your research and why it matters'; highlighting only 'your best papers...and most prestigious awards'; adding visually appealing content such as posters, slide decks and figures from manuscripts; and connecting with other researchers.


  • Purpose - career and industry-oriented
  • Analytics for engagement with your profile and posts, but not with your publications

UniSA on LinkedIn: a sample


This academic social network allows you to create a profile, list your research outputs with downloadable full text where copyright permits, nominate research interests, find and follow individuals and research interests, upload and request feedback on drafts, provide feedback on others' drafts (where enabled), and track engagement with your work through page and profile views.

To find an existing UniSA staff member profile enter the URL


  • Institutional affiliation not required - can sign up as an Independent Researcher
  • Can add external links to publications details e.g. to a source of the full text or to related resources
  • Can add external links to your profile information e.g. a link to your UniSA Staff Page or blog


  • Restricted item types - Papers, Books, Talks, Teaching Documents, Drafts, Book Reviews, Conference presentations, Thesis chapters
  • Limited opportunities for interaction
  • Basic profile - Affiliation, Biography, Research Interests, Links
  • Limited metrics
  • Disorganised institution pages

UniSA on a sample

Why Facebook?

This social networking service allows you to create a personal profile, share text, photos, links and more and engage with material shared by others. You can create and join groups. Businesses, organisations and brands can create pages. There are extensive privacy settings which allow you to categorise the people with whom you engage and determine what they can see. You can choose to follow public posts by individuals.


  • Reach - Facebook has significant takeup and you may find profiles for many with whom you would like to engage e.g. publishers, editors, other researchers


  • Purpose - targeted at informal exchanges between family and friends
  • Concerns over blurred boundaries between the personal and professional
  • Privacy considerations - you need to carefully manage what you share

UniSA on Facebook: a sample

Other Facebook pages:

Why Google Scholar Citations?

A Google Scholar Citations profile allows you to create a list of your research outputs and track citations for those indexed in Google Scholar. About Google Scholar Citations


  • Coverage - Google Scholar includes information about a great range of different publications from many sources, and captures citations not found by the more restrictive citations databases such as Scopus and Web of Science
  • Automated updates - you can choose to allow automatic addition of work to your profile, or to received email alerts to review and confirm
  • Discoverable - your name will be hyperlinked in Google Scholar search results which enables users to find your profile


  • Minimal profile - limited to photo, name, affiliation, 'areas of interest', link to homepage and co-authors
  • Affiliation required - eligible institutional email address required for inclusion in Google scholar search results
  • Errors in records can require cleanup such as merging and editing
  • Quality and reliability - the automated nature of the service and lack of transparency means that errors can occur and citation counts may not be accepted by some bodies (e.g. not eligible for UniSA Academic Promotion purposes)

UniSA on Google Scholar Citations:

Why Mendeley?

Mendeley is a crowd-sourced database, reference manager and academic social network focused on publication discovery. You can create a profile including your academic degree/title, professional and educational history, research interests and publications. You can also follow other members and create and participate in public and private groups.

Mendeley provides various analytics for engagement with your work.

Author profile URL format:

UniSA on Mendeley

Why ResearchGate?

This academic social network allows you to create a profile, list your research outputs with downloadable full text where copyright permits, nominate and be endorsed for expertise, find and follow individuals and topics, comment on and review others' work, expose your own work to comment and review, ask and answer research questions, and track engagement with your work through a variety of metrics.

To find an existing profile enter the URL


  • Pre-populates records for many publications - less manual entry
  • Detail accommodated in profile - Degree, Position, Affiliation, Skills & Expertise, Research Experience, Teaching Experience, Education, Awards & Achievements, Languages, ORCID and more
  • Wide variety of output types - Article, Book, Chapter, Code, Conference paper, Cover page, Dataset, Experiment findings, Method, Negative results, Patent, Poster, Presentation, Raw data, Research proposal, Technical report, Thesis, Working paper
  • Ability to mint DOIs - create unique identifiers for unpublished work
  • Detailed institution pages
  • Engagement features - Q & A, comments, reviews
  • Variety of metrics - traditional (citations) and 'alternative' e.g. views


  • Institutional affiliation required to join
  • Can't add links for full text of outputs on other sites
  • Can't add links to sites such as personal blogs or websites   
  • Can't mint DOIs for 'already published' outputs such as articles

UniSA on ResearchGate: a sample

Security and privacy

icon made by Smashicons from www.flaticon.comBefore using any social networking sites investigate their security and privacy settings. A few considerations include:

Does this vary between products? How will my data be protected? is data backed up? How will I report a security breach and what action will be taken?
Is it economical and does it provide the right functionality?
Are they well know, considered viable for a long time and have a good reputation? What happens to my data if the provider fails?
Will I lose any rights over my data e.g. consider my copyright and intellectual property rights?