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Managing Your Research 'Brand" - Why Bother?

Researchers work very hard to establish who they are: their subject area, their expertise in the field, and integrity and credibility of their effort. In the online environment, the 'authority' of the individual researcher is established by the number and type of works are linked to that researcher.  There are many ways and venues that a researcher can be represented depending on the source. 

There are many reasons why a researcher's profile may be confused or is under-representing them:

  • few authors have completely unique names
  • researchers may publish under variation of their name
  • co-authors may misspell or misrepresent author's names on a paper on submission
  • institutional affiliations can change over the course of a career
  • researchers may have multiple, co-existing affiliations that may not be reflected due to publication restrictions
  • researchers may publish variations of institutional affiliations 

In other words, there are many ways you may not be getting credit for your work in a given profile.

The solution? Establish an ORCID and link all ID systems, such as Scopus and Web of Science to your ORCID. Learn how to add ORCID to these databases.

Author ID Systems

The following three are the most recognized sources of researcher profiles. There are many more domain-specific Author ID options, such as Common CV. 

​Any author whose work is indexed in Scopus has automatically been assigned a Scopus Author ID. To see your author profile and request corrections, perform an author search and click on your name among the results. It is best practice to add your ORCID to the "authoritative" profile. Profile information can be shared or 'linked' to your ORCID profile. You can also consult a librarian to assist you in this process.  

The ResearcherID registry was created to resolve author ambiguity in the Web of Science/Clarivate suite of resources. The ResearcherID is not automatically assigned; it is provided when you create an account in the registry.  For those in STEM fields, it is recommended to get a ResearcherID. It is ORCID compliant and allows for easy transfer of information between Clarivate and ORCID. You can register for an account under 'My Tools' menu in the Web of Science database.

​Once you have created a Google account (i.e. a gmail account) or already have a gmail account and logged in, you can access your profile by clicking the menu in the top left of Google Scholar.  You can make your profile public or private, review your affiliation in Google Scholar, and have control in adding, merging or deleting mis-assigned or other works listed in your profile.

Social Media Profiles

There are many platforms for researchers designed to connect, share and collaborate, such as ResearchGate and Academia.eduThese platforms are NOT data or publication repositories. For Tri-Agency grant holders, consult the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications and your publisher's stipulations before uploading a pre or post-print copy of your work to your account on one of these platforms.