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Increasing your visibility: Online profiles

As a researcher, presenting your research at conferences and publishing papers, you are building networks. Here we look at some ways to increase and manage your visibility within and possibly beyond these networks, thereby increasing the potential for future citations to your work.

A profile is automatically created and a unique identifier assigned to you. There is a precise algorithm behind matching your publications to your profile which may result in more than one profile being created for you. You can request amendments to a profile if items have been incorrectly added and merge profiles if more than one profile is assigned to you.


Find Scopus on the Library's Databases pages.‚Äč

Set up a unique ResearcherID and ensure that your publications are linked to the ResearcherID profile. You can register directly via ResearcherID or via Web of Science. Registration enables you to create a public profile of all publications, citations and collaborations, which can also integrate with Web of Science and Endnote Online. Make sure however to keep your ResearchID profile up to date as (unlike Scopus) this is not an automated process.


Find Web of Science on the Library's Databases pages. Find EndNote Online within Web of Science.

Research Gate and Academia.edu are academic social networking platforms aimed at connecting you to other researchers, to share, interact and identify potential collaborations. You can set up a profile and add a publication list. However, be careful when adding full text, as this is subject to publisher permissions. Check the publisher’s website or email us at epubs@rcsi.ie and we will be happy to advise.


While academic networks are great tools to promote your research, they don’t fulfill funders’ open access mandates. See our Open Access Publishing page for more details.  A blog post from the Office for Scholarly Communications, University of California entitled A social networking site is not an open access repository outlines the pros and cons of both types of systems.

Slides from the RCSI Supporting Researchers Lunchtime workshops on metrics are available here (part 1) and here (part 2)