To get credit for all of your research outputs they must be correctly attributed to you. Author ambiguity may occur due to a name change during a career, differences in publisher formatting of names, and researchers with same or similar names.
"Of the more than 6 million authors in a major journal citations and abstracts database, more than two-thirds of them share a last name and single initial with another author, and an ambiguous name in the same database refers on average to eight people". Sussanah Sabine, Australian National Data Service
Unique author identifiers are important as a means of distinguishing yourself from others.
Three key author identifier tools are:
There are many academic and professional networking sites which provide a platform to:
Social networks can augment traditional means of scholarly communication, but with so many options available you should be clear on why you are using them and what you hope to achieve. Make sure you understand the shortcomings if you choose to entrust your research to a networking site - papers uploaded may not be able to be removed if you change your mind later, and you (and those in your contact lists) may be subject to unsolicited emails or spam.
Google Scholar Profile
Industry leaders and other employers may search for potential employees with the talent they are looking for using internet search engines. Having a Google Scholar profile means that you are discoverable and have a platform to present your unique skills and expertise. Create a profile using the "My Citations" link in Google Scholar. Content can be updated automatically or manually. Make your profile Public so it appears in Google Scholar results. Google Scholar citation metrics can often appear inflated in comparison with ResearcherID and Scopus Author ID. This is a well recognised issue so it is important to clean up your record and remove incorrect entries.
You can also stay up to date with key peers or collaborators. Go to their Google Scholar profile page and click "Follow new articles" or "Follow new citations" to receive an email every time they receive a new citation or publish a new article.
ResearchGate is a for-profit company. It provides a free social network for scientists in which you can:
ResearchGate has more than 12 million researchers.
Mendeley is a free reference manager and an academic social network owned by Elsevier.
LinkedIn is a global, career and industry oriented, social networking service for all professionals. LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft.
Employers can post jobs and job seekers can post their CVs. LinkedIn profiles may be ranked highly in search engine results.
LinkedIn users include businesses and individuals who can create profiles and connections to others who may represent their real-world professional relationships.
Users can invite anyone to make a connection. It is recommended that users only accept connection requests from people that they know, or from those for which the connection may be mutually beneficial.
LinkedIn has more than 300 million registered users.
piirus.ac.uk, developed by the University of Warwick and launched in 2013, is a free initiative for research staff and graduate research candidates to connect with others with common research interests. It's a great way for early career researchers to build their research collaboration networks, and for established researchers to join with new talent from around the world.
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