In the previous topic, we looked at ORCID, a unique identifier which will help you to establish your research identity. ORCIDs (and other research identifiers) play a significant role in linking you - the researcher - with your research activities and outputs such as conference papers and posters, collaborative projects, teaching commitments, publications, fieldwork, research data collection in a way that's discoverable by others.

However, you are more than a number! In this topic, we'll explore selected ways, including academic networking sites, to build your profile and curate a picture of your research career and collaborations. Think of it as having multiple strings to your bow and a commonsense way to increase your visibility in the online environment. On that note, you might like to consider these tools and tips.

Before we dive in, Dr Anthony Dona, Solutions Consultant with Clarivate Analytics, discusses the importance of building your research profile and maintaining your collaborative networks. Welcome, Anthony!

Tip: sharing your published research

The following tools allow you to upload or link your research to your profile. If you wish to share published research such as journal articles and book chapters, you can generally share the author accepted manuscript (AAM), an open access (OA) version, or one for which you have paid an article processing fee (APC). The use of the published version of your research work should not be shared unless it is specifically identified as an option in your agreement with the publisher.


Use Academia.edu to share your research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of that research, and track the research of academics you follow. Registration is free, however be aware that despite the .edu domain, the site is not an educationally-affiliated organisation.

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Figshare is a repository where you can make all of your research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. You can upload any file format to be previewed in the browser so that your posters, presentations, datasets and code, as well as research papers and more traditional forms, can be disseminated easily. Registration is free.


A well established means to increase your academic profile, Google Scholar enables you to increase your scholarly search engine optimisation (SEO) - or 'findability' - share your publications with new readers, and discover new citations of your work from across the scholarly web. To set up your profile, head to Google Scholar
select the “My Citations” link at the top of the page to get your account setup started. Then, check out this great step by step guide to maximise the effectiveness of your profile.

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Kudos is more like a researcher's toolkit rather than a networking site or a publications listing. Kudos enables you to explain your work in everyday terms (plain English), share your work via a range of communication channels, and track metrics around who is reading and citing your work. The following video explains the three easy steps to using Kudos. Registration is free.


Mendeley Research Network is an academic social network that can help you collaborate with others online and discover the latest research. Register for a free researcher profile to create your list of publications, follow curated bibliographies shared by others in your field, and join or create interest groups. Find out more in the following video.


ResearchGate is one of the earliest social networking sites. It is designed for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, find collaborators and obtain stats on usage of their research. Register for free to add your publications, projects and to view or advertise jobs.

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You now have an insight into academic networking sites and platforms to help build up your research profile. Our next section will provide you with guidance on how to protect your research identity.

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