Develop your researcher profile
Whether you create a simple author ID like ORCiD, or actively network with other researchers on social media, an online profile can help increase the visibility of your research.
You should consider creating an online profile to:
- Increase the visibility of your research and scholarship.
- Solve the issue of author name ambiguity and attribution.
- Maximise the citation rate of your research.
- Increase the chance of making new contacts to collaborate with in future research.
- Increase your options for funding.
Strategies for your online profile
- Describe your research in a brief summary.
- Collect your research outputs and deposit to [email protected] and [email protected].
- Focus on building a research community.
- Network both online and in person.
Considerations for your online profile
- Where do you want to present yourself?
- Twitter? Blog? LinkedIn? YouTube? ORCiD?
- How much time do you have to maintain your professional profile?
- How much control and how much interaction do you want?
- How do you create a balance between privacy and visibility?
- What are the copyright considerations when uploading your research?
- When and how do you want to use social media compared to professional media?
Why are author IDs important?
An author identity is a unique identity that helps:
- Group any name variations that you have published under.
- Differentiate you from authors with similar names.
- Link all your publications together.
- Improve your impact and discoverability as a researcher.
- Gather metrics such as citation counts and h-indexes.
Consider using the following services:
|ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)||
|Publons (Clarivates Analytics/Web of Science database)||
|Scopus ID (Scopus database)||
|Google Scholar Citations||
ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit effort to create a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a way to link research activities and outputs to these identifiers. Your 16-digit ID number can link together different versions of your name and disambiguates your name from other researchers. You control the information on your profile and how much of it you want to share publicly.
ORCiD numbers are used in key research workflows, including manuscript submissions, grant applications and patent applications. You can add your ORCiD to your staff profile and CV, and you can carry it between institutions throughout your career.
Students can register directly on the ORCiD website.
Increase your visibility
- Create a professional online profile on social media (eg Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or your own website) to talk about your research and follow other researchers.
- Pitch a new article to The Conversation. The Conversation is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of research-based news and analysis. It connects your academic expertise with journalistic skills and flair to create a product that’s unique and extremely valuable and powerful. As a researcher, you will extend your research reach globally and directly to practitioners, key decision-makers and the public by adding your voice to the Conversation. Lincoln University is a member of The Conversation and its three experienced NZ editors can help you craft your research so it engages and connects with a global audience. It also facilitates faster publication than journals and enables timely communication of current research on topical issues.
- To pitch a new article to The Conversation read the following How To Guide.
- Publish in an Open Access journal.
- Deposit your conference papers, journal articles (including from ‘closed access’ journals), thesis and other outputs written while at Lincoln into [email protected]. (Lincoln staff should deposit via Elements.)
- Deposit data supporting your paper into [email protected]
- Submit a video about your research into the Lincoln University Living Heritage.
- Create a researcher identity with ORCiD to unambiguously link publications to you and any author name variations.
Contact us to find out more about creating a presence in the Lincoln University archives.