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Scholarly Publishing: Researcher Profiles

A guide to scholarly publishing and scholarly communication activities at Himmelfarb Library.

Why Do I Need a Researcher Profile?

There are several researcher and author profiles available to you. Here are some reasons why you should consider signing up for one (or more than one!): 

1) Distinguish Your Works

  • Differentiate your unique works from other authors with similar names

2) Comply With Publisher and Funder Requirements

  • Publishers and grant funders are starting to require author IDs, such as ORCID, during the manuscript submission process. Get ahead of the game and sign up for an ID ahead of time!

3) Demonstrate Your Impact

  • Some author profiles provide metrics on how your work is being shared and accessed. 

4) Build Your Network

  • Find potential collaborators and co-authors by linking up with scholars doing similar research to you. 


Adapted from McMaster University's guide on Making an Impact: Tracking Your Research Metrics:

Types of Researcher Profiles

ORCID: See our ORCID page for more information. 

Mendeley: Mendeley is an Elsevier-owend reference management tool and social network. You can obtain readership statistics, find potential collaborators, and share your works with a global audience. Sign up with Mendeley for a free account. 

ResearchGate: ResearchGate is a large social network that links researchers around similar topics. It is popular among GW faculty and students as a tool to find collaborators and to read other scholars' works. You have several options for adding content; you can add publications manually, import lists through reference management tools, or auto-populate your publications list\ (see the databases that support this function in the chart below). Sign up with ResearchGate for a free account. 

Google Scholar: Google Scholar is the most widely used profiling tool for scholarly research, and it's the first place many researchers go when looking for specific works. In order to differentiate yourself from similarly-named authors, you need to create a Google Scholar profile and check which publications were authored by you. Once you do this, Google Scholar will display your profile with a few sets of metrics. Publications displayed on your profile include scholarly articles, book chapters, books, and reports. Sign up with Google scholar to create your profile, click "My Citations," then follow the instructions to add/remove publications that do or do not belong to you. 

Scopus Author ID: Scopus Author IDs are automatically created by Scopus, an Elsevier database, during the indexing process. Once an author profile is in the system, publications will be added automatically. Scopus provides a robust suite of metrics and analytics to help you gauge your scholarly impact. Only publications indexed in Scopus will be included on your profile, so if you publish in journals that are excluded from Scopus, you may wish to look elsewhere. You should check Scopus to make sure the publications assigned to you are correct; use site instructions for accessing your Author ID and for correcting errors. Also explore information using the Scopus Author ID and metrics. 


Comparing Researcher Profiles and Services

Mendeley Google Scholar ORCID ResearcherID ScopusID ResearchGate
Publications List Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Publications Links Y Y Y Y Y    
Publication Metrics Y Y N Y Y Y N
Social Media Links N N N N N Y Y
Bio, Interests, Affiliation Y Y Y Y N Y Y
Ability to Upload Papers Y N N N N Y Y
Add Publication Data Manually Y Y Y N N Y Y
Add Publication Data (Semi)Automatically many search engines + import RIS or BibTeX Google Scholar CrossRef + Scopus + ResearcherID + DataCite + PubMedCentral Europe Web of Science + ORCID Scopus PubMed + IEEE + CiteSeer + RepEc + BMC CrossRef + PubMed + ArXiV

Chart adapted from University of Utrecht Researcher Profiles guide:

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