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Online Identity and Digital Citizenship: Your Online Presence


Below are some examples of academics on the following platforms:

A social networking site is not an open access repository


Most of the content and structure of this page is thanks to Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe for her guide.

Identity Platforms

Here are several different platforms to help establish your professional identity online. This table provides a brief purpose to each, the cost, and other information you may want to know before starting.

Content Platforms Cost Purpose Caveats Personas Free allows you to create a public profile and personal webpage while also keeping all of your personal online identity links in one place. Completely free and is simple to use but is only a landing page that directs to other social networking profiles Networked
Comprehensive Free The purpose of is to allow academics to share their research, monitor the impact of their research, and track the research of other academics they follow. Has one of the largest membership bases Networked
Blogger Free Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows you to share your thoughts with the world and can also double as a personal webpage. A Google service that integrates Analytics access, custom domain name available for a fee Formal
Google Scholar Free The Google Scholar profile is public and allows you to track the number of citations to your articles and calculate your citation metrics. Anyone can see the number of times your work has been cited as well as the scores assigned to it Formal
LinkedIn Free LinkedIn is a social networking tool for professionals that is especially useful for promoting your image and finding out about potential employers/employees. Premium accounts available for a fee, the cheapest starting at $19.95/month Networked
ORCID Free (for individual researchers) ORCID is an cross-disciplinary service that creates and maintains a registry of unique researcher identifiers and then links research output to these identifiers. Different membership/subscription fees for organizations Formal
ResearchGate Free ResearchGate is a social networking tool for scientists and researchers that provides the opportunity to connect and collaborate, make your research visible, and obtain stats and metrics. Very interactive, oriented towards collaboration and discovery Networked
Twitter Free Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to follow other users. Micro-blogging means only 140 characters per "tweet" Networked
Comprehensive Free is a free blog web hosting service that allows your to track your popularity and that can be connected to other social networking websites. Will transfer blog from previous platform over for you, steeper learning curve than other blogging sites and upgrades available for a fee