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?
UniSA staff homepage
For UniSA staff, it is likely that your staff homepage will rank highly in search engine results.
It is an endorsed approach of the University that all academic staff members are required to provide three author identifiers - ORCID, Scopus (where available) and ResearcherID.
Why? The major reason is author disambiguation - reliably linking an individual to their research outputs - with flow-on benefits in reduced administrative burden and improved data accuracy through automated harvesting and data exchange, and improved visibility and discoverability. Some publishers and funding bodies have already made provision of an ORCID mandatory.
Scopus AuthorID and ResearcherID are required because of the role of Scopus and Web of Science in providing citation data for university ranking purposes.
In About me you should see these three badges appear, linking to your ORCID, Scopus and ResearcherID profiles. If not, contact your Academic Library Team.
You may also choose to add 'Social Media Links' which will add badges for your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and/or YouTube accounts.
If you want to link to any other profiles you will need to do this elsewhere e.g. under 'Other Research Outputs'.
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) is a free, internationally recognised, non-profit registry system. It allows you to:
Grant applications and publishing
ORCID identifiers are increasingly being used by funding bodies and journal publishers as a way to identify researchers. You may be required to add your ORCID identifier when submitting papers with some publishers, or applying for certain grants.
Tip - include research output unique identifiers
Include unique identifiers such as Digital Object Identifiers in your ORCID records where available. This will improve discoverability and aggregation of metrics.
Scopus (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. Scopus Author profiles show:
You will only have a Scopus Author ID if you have work indexed in Scopus.
Scopus Author IDs should be:
There can be errors in Scopus author records, such as erroneous attribution of one researcher’s works to another with a similar name, or two or more records (and identifiers) for the one author. A feedback wizard allows researchers to request merging of records, preferred name (of the versions under which works have been published) and to remove or add publications indexed in Scopus to their profile.
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 Thomson Reuters.
In 2013, all UniSA staff were automatically assigned unpopulated ResearcherID profiles. You may have a ResearcherID number but find that your research outputs are absent or incomplete.
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 your Academic Library Team.
These are a few of the tools and services where you can create an online profile with information about yourself and your work. Each offers a unique set of features and capabilities, and may be used for different purposes.
Academia.edu | Facebook | Google Scholar Citations
LinkedIn | Mendeley | ResearchGate | Twitter
Before you create a profile, you might want to consider:
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:
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
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/
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
This information network allows you to keep up-to-date (with areas, activities, topics, organisations, and more) through following the 140 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
Before using any service you should investigate different options and providers thoroughly. A few considerations include: