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Researcher Profiles: Introduction

To make themselves visible within their disciplinary circles and even outside, researchers must employ various strategies, services, and tools. This guide will present these things to the researcher, wherever they are along in their career path.
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Researcher profiles can be used to maximize impact of your work and connect with other researchers. If and when you are starting out, here are some important considerations:

  • Carefully read users licenses of proprietary tools to see who owns what you upload
  • Know your rights to your work
  • Be careful of marketization of your works

You might also want to consider how many profiles you would like to manage. Having more than one profile over different platforms can be time consuming, not to mention prone to inconsistencies. Consider managing one or two that are most useful, and those that link to others for consistency.

Manage Your Identity

Managing your researcher identity can enhance your metrics to be more reliable and consistent. Here are ways to manage your research identity:

  • Publish consistently with the same name and initials.
  • Monitor and manage your profiles in services such as Google Scholar.
  • Register for and use author identifier and profile tools such as ORCID.

By creating and managing your own profile, you provide and promote accurate and complete information about your research.

Linking/Integrating Your Researcher Profiles

This example is a demonstration of populating ORCID from Google Scholar.

(Credit: Health Sciences Library, McMaster University.)