By creating a personal researcher identifier, a researcher enhances the findability of their publications and their own coverage, while making it easier to monitor references to their work. An identifier is useful in many instances: with manuscripts, when peer reviewing, on a website, in social media and in one's CV. This ensures visibility in databases and your networking within scientific communities. Using a researcher identifier improves scientific publication-based research activity evaluation and statistics compilation.
ISNI stands for International Standard Name Identifier, and it is an international standard-based identifier system of researchers and organisations. You can read news about the ISNI on the organisation's home page. The ISNI database has been in free use since January 2012. Book-oriented researchers are using ISNI identifiers more than article-publishing researchers are. Often a researchers does not even know that an ISNI identifier has been created for her/him.
In Finland, ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is recommended to be used as a national researcher identifier. The international ORCID researcher identifier offers a researcher to have a permanent and personal digital identifier. The identifier clears confusions related to name changes, researchers with the same name or different name spelling, among others. UEF is an ORCID member organisation.
In the ORCID service, researchers can maintain their publication index and link publication information from different databases. In addition, publication information can be imported to ORCID e.g. from Google Scholar or reference management programs (Mendeley, RefWorks) as BibTex files. Adding information is also possible by using DOI or manually.
Thanks to an identifier, research findings are linked to each other, and eventually the need to enter personal or publication information for several times into different systems decreases.
Creating your profile requires registration into the ORCID service. In addition to publications, you can update your education, employment and funding information, thus making ORCID work as a researcher's CV. Many publishers require using an ORCID identifier when submitting a manuscript. The identifier can also be utilised when performing information retrieval in Scopus and Web of Science databases.
More information about the ORCID researcher identifier: Researcheridentifier.fi and Orcid.org
ResearcherID service works in the same way as the ORCID identifier. You need to register into the service, after which you can maintain your publication index and list information regarding your employment. The information will not be automatically updated, and you need to link new publications to the profile by yourself. The service is linked to the Web of Science database, so your publications can be linked easily to your profile from there. Publication information can be transferred from other databases and reference management programs. You can also link your profile to ORCID, transferring your publication and profile information between the systems.
In Scopus database, a Scopus AuthorID is created for article authors automatically. Therefore, multiple author identifiers may accumulate to a single researcher. Scopus provides researchers a possibility to request combining their profiles or correcting their personal information, if errors are discovered. You can make requests for corrections directly in the Scopus database or by using a separate Author Feedback Wizard function.
Academic networking can play a crucial role in young researchers’ careers, both on a social and professional level. There are cases in which willingness to build professional networks in international contexts leads to long-term collaboration.
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University of Edinburgh, Trinity College Dublin, University of Seville
Networking and visibility services for researchers
Opening research globally online enhances the visibility, accessibility and impact of research. Search engines will also find you and your research better. Online presence increases interaction and networking with researchers and others interested in science. In addition, online services match employers and employees.
Academia.edu social networking service is the first "social media for researchers" that has brought together more than 48 million members (2017). In Academia.edu, you can share your publications (remember to check your licenses) and read the publications of others, but you can also ask and talk about science-related subjects or ask for comments for your manuscript. In Academia.edu, you can monitor the impact of your publications and observe your own field of research and fellow scientists. Articles uploaded into the service are well visible in Google search queries. You can log in to Academia.edu using your Google or Facebook account.
Who is talking or writing about your research online? Altmetric follows this situation using your output itself (article, book, presentation, report), your identifier (DOI, ORCID, PubMedID, URN) and all mentions in followed sources.
The Altmetrics donut shows you in which services your research has been noticed and how much attention it has received. The data is collected from a versatility of documents and services, like media, blogs and social networking services. The Altmetric donut can come across on publishers' article pages, organisations' publication databases (such as the UEF eRepository) and also on individual researchers' websites. Anyone can easily add the Altmetric it! bookmark on their browser and also use other tools free of charge. The service also has tools with certain usage fees.
Kudos is a free of charge service for a researcher, Kudos, can be used to make publications more visible and more easily findable. The service is meant for researchers who want to increase their publications' numbers of usage and references. Kudos does not function automatically but requires the researcher or other operator to add metadata to the publications' information.
Kudos has service costs for organisations and funders who want to increase the impact of the research they are financing and publishers who wish to develop closer co-operation with researchers and to increase the accessibility of the publications.
LinkedIn is a free, general and global academic, business and employment-oriented social networking service on the Internet and that operates via websites and mobile apps. In addition to academic researchers, the members include entrepreneurships, employers and students from many academic fields, along with other types of experts. You can manage your professional identity and build and engage with your professional network. LinkedIn is also a meeting ground for employees and employers.
ImpactStory is an open source altmetrics tool. A researcher can use it to measure and share the impact of their publications, blog posts, files/documents and software/programs. With the metrics provided, a researcher can see how many times their work has been downloaded or shared, and a funder can find out the effects of their input by other means besides traditional bibliometrics.
The service is linked to the ORCID researcher identifier and it shows the publications' Mendeley saves and tweets, reveals their open access status, tells how many countries they have been read and shared in, tells which one of them is the most popular etc. Registration is free of charge, but an ORCID identifier and a Twitter account would be better to have in advance, if you wish to use the service. ImpactStory is a non-profit, foundation-funded organisation.
At Publons, researchers can follow their actions as authors, peer reviewers, and editors. Publication data is retrieved from the Web of Science database, ORCID, and citation management software, citation data is retrieved from the Web of Science Core Collection, and peer-review data is based on collaboration between journals and publishers.
This free of charge social networking service targeted towards researchers has already over 12 million users (2017). By creating a profile, you can share your publications, read the publications of others and discuss, ask and comment science-related questions. The ResearchGate's search engine will search for publications from its own system and, in addition, from several other databases (including PubMed, CiteSeer, arXiv and NASA HQ Library). The function also presents the users suggestions about groups and literature that may interest them, along with users interested in the same subjects.
Before uploading your publication to ResearchGate, check with your publisher, funder and research organisation that you have the right to share material. You can download other publications from the service for your use, but remember to check the material's rights to use. The responsibility of using downloaded material is always with the user. If needed, find out the rights to use from the original source (for example, a scientific publication) or enquire a permission to use the material from its owner. ResearchGate provides you with up-to-date information about the views, downloads and citations regarding your publications. You can also create open or closed groups and participate in the discussion forums. Colleagues can work on documents in collaboration from anywhere in the world. In addition, the site has its own listing of scientific job vacancies.
If a publisher has not defined a separate policy about sharing material in a researchers' social networking service, you can check publishers' parallel publishing policies in the Sherpa/Romeo service.
Founded in 1994, Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is the oldest free of charge academic peer network that Elsevier bought in the year 2016. Contains research and conference publications of sociological and human sciences as preprints. In other words, works as a parallel publishing archive for especially the mentioned fields of science. There are also ranking lists based on numbers of downloads.
Training materials on researcher visibility
Altmetrics is a combination of words alternative and metrics. The term altmetrics also stands for article level metrics. As the legacy of bibliometrics, altmetrics is related to science and scientific publishing. Altmetrics is linked particularly to online publishing, data availability and the Internet's social horizon. Altmetrics measures a publication's online visibility by the numbers of, for instance, clicks, downloads, blog posts, bookmarks, likes and tweets.
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Library, Kuopio Campus Library, Snellmania