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To increase discoverability and citation of your work
To communicate with others in your field
To create research relationships and collaborations
To improve the quality of your work
To minimize the effects of false or misleading information
The tools outlined on this page are common ways to begin building your online scholarly identity. You can learn about more resources for increasing your visibility under the "Increase Your Digital Visibility" section of this guide.
The Scholalry Communications Team
The Scholarly Communications Team is team of librarians who can help you tell the story of your scholarship and its impact on your discipline. Contact us to start a personal consultation about your scholarly impact.
Main Contact: Jennifer Beamer email@example.com
Scholarly Communication and Open Publishing Coordinator
Expertise: Publication options, ORCIDs, Google Scholar profiles
Create an ORCID Account
Note: A recent announcement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that ORCIDs will be required for all individuals supported by awards from these agencies beginning in 2020!
An ORCID is a unique16-digit personal identifier that is registered through ORCID.org, a non-profit organization that maintains the registry and website. That number can be attached to any published work that you author in order to help ensure proper attribution and citation of your work, which may help improve your overall scholarly impact.
You can register for an ORCID at no charge on the ORCID.org website. Once registered, you may create a profile page that includes your education, place of employment, alternate names that you've published under, and a list of works with links to any official online versions of that work. All of this information may be set to private, public, or trusted parties' view only, if you like.
The ORCID is expressed as an https URI (Uniform Resource Identifier), sometimes with the ORCID icon attached, as in the example below. This link will also take you to a sample profile page.
You can also get a customized QR code that is readable by hand-held scanners, or embedding code to add any website or social media pages. Each of these will take users to your ORCID profile page where they will find whatever attribution information you provide.
ORCIDs have become increasingly common among academic and professional researchers, and many scholarly publishers now have an option to include them in published works, along with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), which is assigned by the publisher. The latter is linked to official online versions of the work, rather than to the author, so it's helpful to have both.
The video below from the Open Science MOOC, also demonstrates how to set up a researcher profile in ORCID and three other popular online tools: ImpactStory (to document how your research has been shared and re-used online), Publons (to document peer review activity), and Open Science Framework (a collaborative space for researchers).
Create a Google Scholar Profile
Google Scholar profiles are one of the most common tools used by researchers to track their citations, h-index, or i10-index, find links to their published works, and receive alerts about new citations. If you're gathering article or book metrics for your promotion & tenure dossier, a Google Scholar profile will be the first step in locating that information.
The video below from the University of Houston Libraries will walk you through the steps of setting up a Google Scholar profile.
After following these steps, we recommend that you set your profile so that it does NOT automatically update (see below). This will keep your profile from being accidentally populated with citations to work that is not your own.