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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.

Benefits

By increasing your online profile and engagement, you may be able to influence your success rate in the competitive research and academic environment.   How to demonstrate research impact and engagement varies widely by discipline context and specific purpose (i.e. grant application or promotion application).  This guide provides suggestions on how to make your research available to the widest possible audience and improve the discoverability of your material.   

By adopting one or more of these suggestions you will:

Build your online presence: Make it easy for researchers, students, journalists and funding bodies to find you and your publications.

Increase your research impact: Increase the chances others will read and cite your publications.

Track and measure the impact of your research: Make it easy to keep track of your citation metrics and research impact.

Get the credit for your research: Ensure you get credit for all your research and publications.

Use Tools to Maximise your Impact

Search engines with author profiles

Create search engine profiles to make it easier for yourself and others to keep track of your publications and citation metrics:

Author identifiers

Register for researcher IDs to ensure you get credit for your research, even if other researchers have similar names or if your name or affiliation changes:

Social networks for researchers

Join social networks to share and monitor analytics for your research publications, and connect with other researchers in your field:

University of Melbourne specific tools

Use 'Find an Expert' to publicly promote your publications, achievements and contact details and use 'Melbourne Research Windows' to ensure your research output is recognised within the university:

 

Considerations and Risks

Before you use these tools, particularly social networking tools, you should consider issues such as security and confidentiality, copyright and time management, see: