Researcher Profile Guide : Introduction
Introduction to researcher profiles
Researcher profiles link an individual with their research outputs, funding, and affiliations. Some profiles require registration while others are generated within literature databases, but all allow for manual management. Librarians can help researchers build comprehensive profiles to showcase their work.
Investing your time into building your researcher profile in relevant platforms will help you:
- Increase your online presence and make your research more visible
- Broaden your research impact through shares, likes, follows and downloads of your work
- Eliminate confusion over variants of your name and ensure your research is easily identifiable as belonging to you (not someone with a similar name)
- Find and curate your citation metrics and h-index. *** For more information on metrics visit our Research Metrics guide
- Connect and collaborate with other researchers
- Meet funder requirements
This guide discusses five major researcher profiles (but many more exist). If you need assistance with a platform not listed here, our librarians can still help.
Creating Multiple Profiles
Why create multiple Researcher Profiles?
Most researcher profiles only work within one platform. For example, If you have a Google Scholar Profile it will make your work more discoverable in Google Scholar, but will not help if someone is searching for your work in Web of Science.
Note -- ORCID is currently the only Researcher Profile system that can exchange data across platforms, including other profile systems, funders, and institutions.
- Create an ORCID profile
- Create and/or claim a profile in each platform where people would look to discover your work
- Link all your profiles to your ORCID profile
|SCOPUS Author Profile||
Google Scholar Profile
|Humanities Commons Profile|
|Creates Unique Author ID (i.e. string of numbers)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
Full author control of profile
Automated sharing of information with other systems (manuscript submissions, grant applications, and other profiles)
Author record and metrics within Web of Science
Permits automated data sync with ORCID
Author record and metrics within Scopus
Permits import of Scopus author data into ORCID
Google scholar is widely used and freely accessible
Scholar citation metrics include books
Connects to CORE repository
|Web of Science (Clarivate)||
|Provides research metrics||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Requires user registration||Yes||
*Creates author record automatically. Requires registration to create Publons profile
*Creates profile automatically. Requires feedback for accuracy