Manage Your Research Identity and Track Your Impact
This guide describes how to build a researcher identity online through the use of unique IDs and social media profiles. It also describes online tools for tracking the impact of your research.
- Create Author IDs
- Academic ImpactToggle Dropdown
- Non-Academic Impact (Altmetrics)
- Social Networks for Researchers
- Institutional use of metrics
- Further Reading
A social networking site is not an academic repository
Like many researchers, you may use academic social networking sites to archive and share copies of your published papers.
However, these social networking sites do not fulfill open access policies (like the one used by the Tri-Agencies because they require users to have an account to access papers.
Additionally, these sites use your data in ways that may not align with your values.
An institutional repository like PRISM can be a good alternative.
Popular Social Networks
- Academia.eduA social network for Academics, with many Facebook-like features. You can upload publications you own the rights to and track who reads them, post updates or notes, join groups based on research interests, and follow other academics.
- ResearchGateA similar service to Academia.edu, with similar features. Which one to use comes down to personal preference.
- Mendeley.comMendeley is best known as a reference management tool that helps you build a personalized library of research and format your references as you write. However, the web profile has many social features. You can follow other authors, and create groups to collaborate with other researchers (the free version of Mendeley only allows for one group with up to three people). As a social network, Mendeley has fewer features than Academia.edu and ResearchGate. It's probably only worth creating a profile if you're already using Mendeley for reference management.
- LinkedIn is a social network for professionals in general, not academics in particular. It lacks some of the features of Academia.edu and ResearchGate (you can't upload publications and get metrics on who's reading them). However, you can add a list of your publications. LinkedIn might be most useful for grad students looking to work in industry after graduation, or for researchers looking to develop industry or government connections.
- GCcollabGCcollab is the Government of Canada's collaborative tool designed to facilitate communication and knowledge sharing between public servants, academics, and students at Canadian Universities.
- Last Updated: Mar 16, 2023 2:22 PM
- URL: https://libguides.ucalgary.ca/guides/researchID
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