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UWC Library Researcher Support: Researcher Profiles

Why Do I need a Researcher Profile?

One of the most important factors in getting your work noticed, read, and cited is accessibility. You need to make it as easy as possible for people to find your work. In an increasingly competitive research and scholarship environment, how do you distinguish yourself from someone? If your institutional affiliation and/or contact information changes, how is the link between you and your scholarly work maintained? The solution is creating a researcher profile. A profile pulls all research together in one place, mitigating common problems that often arise in searching.  Such problems can include variations in authors' names when articles are indexed, or difficulty in narrowing a search down easily when an author has a common name. If a researcher has worked with multiple granting agencies, research groups, or institutions, a research profile will also make their research easier to find.

Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar Citations lets authors set up a profile page that lists their publications and citation metrics. The citation metrics are updated automatically, and you can choose to have your list of publications updated automatically or update them yourself. You can make your profile public, so that it appears in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.

Why create Google Scholar metrics?

Set up a Google Scholar Citations profile to make it easier for yourself and others to quickly:

  • Find your publications,
  • Keep track of citations to your publications,
  • Check who has cited your publications,
  • Graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics.


How to create your profile

You can sign up for a Google Scholar Citations profile:

  1. Sign in to your Google account, or create one if you do not have one.
  2. Go to Google Scholar and click on the My Citations link.
  3. Follow the prompts to set up your profile and add your publications.
  4. Review and complete your profile: for example, upload a photo and double check the list of articles.
  5. Ensure you make your profile public if you want other people to be able to view it.
  6. Visit your email inbox and click on the verification link.

For more detailed instructions see:

Workshop Evaluation

Scopus and link with ORCID

Open the Scopus Author Feedback wizard.

Follow the wizard’s steps, finding the correct profile(s) in Scopus and checking the publications it contains.

Once you have received the profile and identified any corrections:

- Your Scopus author Identifier is sent to ORCID.

- Scopus remembers your ORCID.

- The corrected publication list is sent to ORCID (optional).

- Any corrections you make are submitted to the Scopus Author Feedback team.

You will receive an email with a request to confirm them.

In some circumstances, gathering all your publications and determining a final Scopus Author Identifier may take some time. To help you with this, supply your email address to the Scopus Author Feedback team if:

- Your work is scattered across many different profiles, or

- Your name occurs very frequently.

Note: The corrections will only appear on Scopus when they are fully processed, which may take some time.

Humanities Commons Network

Humanities Commons is a trusted, nonprofit network where humanities scholars can create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work. The Humanities Commons network is open to anyone.

Humanities Commons was designed by scholarly societies in the humanities to serve the needs of humanists as they engage in teaching and research that benefit the larger community. Unlike other social and academic communities, Humanities Commons is open-access, open-source, and nonprofit. It is focused on providing a space to discuss, share, and store cutting-edge research and innovative pedagogy—not on generating profits from users' intellectual and personal data.

The network also features an open-access repository, the Commons Open Repository ExchangeCORE allows users to preserve their research and increase its reach by sharing it across disciplinary, institutional, and geographic boundaries.


Your profile on Mendeley is how you communicate who you are and what you’ve done as a researcher on the Mendeley network. Rather than a typical social networking profile, your Mendeley profile focuses on your scholarship.

The more information you share on your profile, the better your Mendeley experience will be. For example, adding your research interests will allow Mendeley Suggest to provide more specific recommendations for papers that you should read as well as allowing potential collaborators to get a sense of what you’re about. Mendeley Suggest recommendations are personalized and frequently updated with new suggestions, providing you with a constant stream of new ideas.

Getting started on
  • is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research.
  • Follow the prompts to fill in the basic profile information and begin uploading articles
  • Review the list of suggested people to follow based on the selections you make

Academics use to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow.


Getting started on ResearchGate

  • Share your publications, access millions more, and publish your data.
  • Get statistics and find out who's been reading and citing your work.
  • Find the right job using our research-focused job board.
  • Connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and specialists in your field.
  • Ask questions, get answers, and find solutions to research problems.