If you search for yourself using a search engine, what do you find?
Do 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.
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.
In 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:
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.
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) is a free, internationally recognised, non-profit registry system. It allows you to:
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 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:
Scopus Author IDs should be:
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 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:
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:
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.
Before you create any profiles, look at some online profiles and networking tools and consider:
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
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.
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
UniSA on Academia.edu: a sample
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.
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
UniSA on Google Scholar Citations:
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: https://www.mendeley.com/profiles/firstname-surname/
UniSA on Mendeley
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
UniSA on ResearchGate: a sample
Before using any social networking sites investigate their security and privacy settings. A few considerations include: