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Researcher Profiles, Identifiers and Social Networks: Maximise your Impact

Tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher.

What is is a social networking platform for academics.

Its mission is to provide a system for scientists to share their results, independently of the current journal system.

Why create a profile on

You can use to:

  • Share your research publications,
  • Monitor analytics such as the number of views of your documents or profile and
  • Follow other researchers in your field. profiles often appear high in Google searches, so a profile can be a great way to promote your research.

Full-text publications uploaded to profiles are indexed by Google Scholar.

Considerations and Risks

Please note: even though its domain name has the extension: '.edu', is a for-profit company.

Before you create an profile or upload any publications you should consider the risks and issues involved, such as security, confidentiality and copyright:

How to create an profile

  1. Go to and sign up by entering your name, email and password.
  2. Add research publications to your profile.
  3. Follow people in your field.


Example: Stephanie Trigg

Screenshot of researcher's profile taken on the 2nd of July 2014. Use of screenshot courtesy of