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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.

Further Reading

Here's a selection of recent articles and posts on issues related to online researcher identities, citation metrics, and altmetrics.

  • Metrics Toolkit
    Provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where you can find it, and how each should (and should not) be applied. Includes examples of how to use metrics in grant applications, CV, and promotion packages.
  • How to Curate Your Digital Identity as an Academic
    A good overview from the Chronicle of Higher Education's Vitae blog.
  • Open Access for Researchers, Module 4: Research Evaluation Metrics
    Part of a UNESCO-published e-book on open access publishing, this module looks at research evaluation metrics; innovations in measuring science and scholarship; article and author level measurements; and online reference management tools.
  • PLoS Collection: Articles tagged Altmetrics
    PLoS (Public-Library of Science) is a suite of open-access science journals. This page lists articles with an "altmetrics" tag.
  • Academic Tracker: helps with publication tracking and reporting by comprehensively searching major peer-reviewed publication tracking web portals, including PubMed, Crossref, ORCID, and Google Scholar, given a list of authors. Academic Tracker provides highly customizable reporting templates so information about the resulting publications is easily transformed into appropriate formats for tracking and reporting purposes.