Researcher & Author Identifiers, Profiles and Social Networks: Maximize your Impact: Web Profiles

Increase the impact of your publications. Tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher and author.

Researcher Profiles on the Web

A variety of social networking sites are available for researchers to create public profiles to attract interest in their work, publications and skills.  Some of those currently available are identified below.  Be alert to the Terms and Conditions of each site and your responsibilities.  (Listed in alphabetical order.)

Designed for graduate students and academics, as a platform for academics to share research papers, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. *Use with caution- has been known to increase spam to your email.

Launched in May, 2003, LinkedIn now has 225 million+ members. It enables the free creation of online profiles, to "connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful".

A simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.

Impactstory is an open-source website that helps researchers explore and share the online impact of their research. Connect your ORCID to this profile for easy set up.

A popular social networking tool for professionals in all fields. A LinkedIn profile is similar to an online CV, and makes finding people in particular fields of work or with particular affiliations easier. *Use with caution- has been known to increase spam to your email.

Originally established by Frontiers as the "Frontiers Research Network", it was re-launched in 2014 with Nature Publishing Group as an open and integrated research network, called "Loop". As a stand-alone research network for academics, Loop links researchers to articles on, in addition to content on, making researchers and their work discoverable from multiple independent websites.

Kudos is a web-based service that helps researchers and their institutions and funders to maximize the visibility and impact of their published articles. Kudos provides a platform for assembling and creating information to help search filtering, for sharing information to drive discovery, and for measuring and monitoring the effect of these activities. It provides a free basic version.

Primarily known as a citation management tool, Mendeley includes a social networking element that allows the sharing of research libraries and tracks downloads and views as an alternative research impact measurement.

Similar to, this platform facilitates sharing of research and collaboration with other researchers in your field. Will identify your publications without your assistance. *Use with caution- has been known to increase spam to your email.

A discovery tool for researchers, VIVO was developed at Cornell and has now been adopted by numerous academic and research institutions. It aims to provide updated research-focused information about people, organizations, events, publications and funding.