Yesterday we considered the benefits of establishing your online researcher identity and some of the factors to think about when selecting best-fit tools for you. Today, we’ll have a brief look at three suggested tools, along with further resources to read, watch and consider.
ORCID is an international, interdisciplinary, open, and not-for-profit registry of unique researcher identifiers. It is a hub that connects researchers and research outputs. An ORCID iD is an Open Researcher and Contributer ID, a persistent digital identifier able to be integrated with key research workflows and systems, such as manuscript and grant submissions. Sign up for an ORCiD in 30 seconds or watch this video to find out more:
- Disambiguates you as an author/researcher
- You can add your works by direct import from other systems such as Scopus Author ID, ResearcherID and others
- Further benefits of an ORCiD.
You can promote yourself by adding your ORCiD to your resume, thesis, web page, email signature and your public profiles – see below for an example.
Mendeley Research Network is an academic social network that can help you collaborate with others online and discover the latest research. Register for a free researcher profile. Create your list of publications and follow curated bibliographies shared by others in your field.
This video demonstrates how to set up your profile. (NB: the interface has been updated; use this step-by-step guide for the current interface).
- Works with Mendeley Reference Manager
- Recommended papers are based on your reads, your Mendeley library and your topics
- Join or create interest groups
- Track who is reading your work
- Researcher insights via the Mendeley blog
Here’s an example of a researcher profile:
Kudos is more like a researcher’s toolkit rather than a networking site or a publications listing. Kudos enables you to explain your work in everyday terms (plain English), share your work via a range of communication channels, and track metrics around who is reading and citing your work. The following video explains the three easy steps to using Kudos. Registration is free.
- Multiple metrics help you determine which activities and channels are most effective for communicating about your work
- ‘Profiles’ for your publications – including lay summaries, impact statements and supplementary content – which are more engaging for a digital readership
- Combination of functionalities offered by other platforms, all in the one tool.
Learning Activity 3: Connections
Let’s get hands-on!
One of the brilliant aspects of this imperfect digital world (we’ll talk about that in Day 3), is the simplicity of making connections between many of these researcher profile tools.
- Select one of the options below. There’s no one size fit’s all and these are just suggestions. You might have a better idea!
- Jump in – Register with ORCiD, Mendeley or Kudos
- Make the connection – Link your ORCiD to Scopus Author ID, Researcher ID, Mendeley, Kudos or Research Data Australia (or another platform of your choice).
- Review your settings – check your ORCiD privacy settings
- Branch out – investigate other tools such as Google Scholar Profile, Figshare and Impact Story.
Need inspiration? Take a look at Digital identity health check for academics for some further practical suggestions.
- Share your experience of this activity
- Tell us about the tools, your challenges or quick wins, or ask questions of this group.
- For more practiced participants, share your top tips. It’s your time to shine!
Respond to at least one other participant’s post by saying what you learned from their experience.
Resources and Further Reading
Meadows, Alice. “Six Things to Do Now You’ve Got an ORCID iD.” 2015
Perkel, Jeffrey. “‘Kudos’ Promises to Help Scientists Promote Their Papers to New Audiences: Increasingly Popular Social-Media Tool Says It Can Maximize Reach and Impact of Research.” Nature.536: 113–14.
Rapple, Charlie. “Kudos Where It’s Due: An Interview with Charlie Rapple.” Discover the Future of Research 2013.
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