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Researcher Profiles and Academic Social Networking for Law

Communicating and Increasing the Impact of Your Research

These tools help you to:

Increase your online visibility > Make your publications more accessible > Track your citations > Distinguish you from other researchers

Researcher Profiles

ORCID Author Identifier

An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides you with an unique 16 digit identifier. It will not include any citation information for your publications. The University of Melbourne has mandated that all researchers need to have an ORCID profile.

These identifiers are increasingly being used by journal publishers and funding bodies including the Australian Research Council to identify individual researchers. 

Here is an example of an ORCID profile. Set up a profile.

Google Scholar Citations Profile

You can create a Google Scholar Citations profile page that lists your publications and citation metrics. Benefits are many:

  • increase your visibility because your profile will appear in general Google results
  • keep track of citations to your publications, and
  • check quickly who has cited your publications.

Here is an example of a Google Scholar Citations profile. Set up a profile.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Set up an ‘Author Home Page’ via User Headquarters (HQ) and share your publications and monitor metrics such as the number of abstract views and downloads. If you are unsure which version of your publication you can share in SSRN, please contact Angela Hendley-Boys via email or on extension 41090.

Access SSRN eLibrary content from the Library Catalogue and join Legal Scholarship Network to receive professional announcements and job openings.

Find an Expert - Standard University of Melbourne Profile​

Find an Expert information is harvested from Themis and Minerva Elements. Publications are now recorded and administered via Minerva Elements. 

The Office of Research at the Melbourne Law School has prepared Quick Getting Started Guide: Minerva Elements. If you have any queries, please contact Angela Hendley-Boys via email or on extension 41090.

For information on how to modify sections other than publications, see the Themis guide How to edit Find an Expert profile

Academic Social Networking claims to have more registered users than ResearchGate, however a recently published survey of academics, students and research users indicated that ResearchGate is more than twice as popular as If you sign up for one network, choose the one that has most academics in your area of law.

Make sure you are not breaching copyright by checking SHERPA/RoMEO and How Can I Share It which are searchable databases of journals' and publisher's policies regarding the self-archiving of journal articles on the web and in open access repositories. 

Social Media

Twitter and ResearchGate commonly connect you with people whom you already know. Twitter, on the other hand, is seen as a micro-blogging site that encourages new professional connections and encourages engagement with a broader range of audiences. It allows you to share 140 character updates.

An example of a Twitter profile. Set up a profile.

Be aware of the university's social media guidelines. These guidelines for the University of Melbourne social media accounts are also useful for personal accounts.  While you may claim that the “views are my own” in your bio, you still represent your employer on social media.

Professional Networking


LinkedIn is primarily a professional networking site, but is suitable for academic purposes and engaging with the legal profession as well. You can network with people in your LinkedIn network and also set up and join groups to share industry news and discuss ideas. It allows you to share 600 character updates and write long LinkedIn Pulse articles. 

An example of LinkedIn profile. Set up a profile.