Now that you have your work published, how do you become recognized? Of course, there are many different possibilities to distribute your profile and display your work. How do you get started with this process? Is it helpful to have profiles on LinkedIn, VIVO, Mendeley, BioMedExpert. Which tool is the best place to post your profile and published works? In the present time, there is not one leading place where people post and search for experts, making the process of recognition more challenging. Since there is not one leading service, it is necessary to use multiple sources and technologies to gain recognition in your field.
In light of the fact, that most people will use more than one service, probably at least three. We have identified areas as good places to start for a researcher seeking to gain recognition:
1. University homepage
As a part of a univeristy community taking adavantage of the systems that are offered by can increase your research transparency to your local community. Some systems have made this process easy by integrating prepopulating profiles such as the VIVO system. However, sometimes these have restrictive formats.
2. Social Networking sites:
Social networking sites increase researchers’ opportunities to make connections to others in their fields of work. For example, maintaining a Mendeley profile, you can receive personalized statistics on your papers and connect to like-minded scholars within the network and discover new potential colleagues.
3. Personal webpage or blog
Personal webpages and blogs allow you to personalize your profile and list your works in your own fashion. You have more “freedom” on a personal webpage or blog than you would in one of the above options. It does take a little more work to custom make a webpage, but is worth the time and effort. Of course, you can also link to your other sites and profiles from this page.
4. Reference Mangers
Reference management tools can be an initial step to help researchers aggregate their publications. Some will also integrate online.
In each of the above areas we have compiled resources that fit into each category, see our Appendix below. It is important to note that some services integrate with each other, in most other cases information will be transferred via files, e.g. in BibTeX or RIS format. At the present time maintaining multiple outlets is standard, however there are also aggregation tools for some of the social media outlets where researchers can take advantage of integrating all of their outlets.
A profile page should list the scholar activities of the researcher. You should try to give the following information - of course depending on your individual situation:
It helps to spend some time to present a nice photo.
Contact form, email address (obfuscated)
Having the email readable to all is not recommended because of spam.
Affiliation, past affiliations
Short description of your work and research interests, including a list of research interests/areas of expertise
This could also included some personal information
Papers, book chapters, books, posters, dissertations, presentations, etc. If possible, indicate Open Access and/or link to fulltext in institutional repository
Other scholarly activities: grants, patents,datasets, software development, peer review as reviewer or editor, as well as work in progress.
People working for you, collaborating with you
Awards, H-index and similar metrics, including (readership/download stats)
It depends on social factors whether or not this information is appropriate
Professional and public service activities
Languages (including computing resources), research sites, and experience working abroad.
Links to other services
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ - where appropriate
Events/conferences that you attended and will attend
Networking is important to build a reputation, this can be done a variety of ways; Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and attending physical events and conferences. In order to be found by others researching you, it is necessary to have a web presence that can be found via a google search. Part of social networking is knowing your audience, it is important to learn how to describe your work orally in 1, 3, and 10 minute versions; learn to describe your work textually in 3, 10, and 25 sentences.
Challenge: Note that these practices can vary significantly by employment sectors (governments, industries, academia), institutions, sub/fields of research, and countries. We need strategies for crossing these tacit boundaries.
Challenge: Prepopulation of content and portability of the content to other services.Currently it is difficult to port content from one profile to another system.
Challenge: The format of articles in scholarly research journals has been stable for about 300 years; the goal of such articles is to represent research results in a highly formuaic way. The new technologies/techniques under discussion here are representing the process of making knowledge in various ways. Perhaps it is best to see the new tools as additions to the traditional practices, rather than displacing them.
Appendix of Tools: Based on the recommended areas for researchers, we have included a list of resources within each category.
1- University Content Management System:
generic content management system
2-Social networking sites (for scientists):
3- Blogs, personal websites:
Wordpress or other blog hsoted on personal domain
4- Reference Managers:
Author identifier services:
Microsoft Academic Search: http://academic.research.microsoft.com/
Researcher ID (ScienceCard): http://www.researcherid.com/
Scopus Author Profile: http://www.scopus.com/