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Scholarly Credentials Toolkit for TCNJ Faculty: Looking for a Scholar's Profile?

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Scholars' Profiles

Although quite popular in academic circles (Ovadia, 2014), I prefer all of the services listed below, especially ORCID, to the corporate entities ResearchGate.net and Academia.edu. Please keep in mind that the same concerns around privacy and the monetization of data shared on corporate social media platforms (e.g., FaceBook) apply to services such as ResearchGate Corp and Academia.edu, despite the latter's (deceptive) .edu domain. There are other problems with these platforms. For example, ResearchGate's RG score appears to be driven primarily by "members' engagement in the social network, and only secondarily by publications," and for that reason is a very poor indicator of impact (Copiello and Bonifaci, 2016).

Remember to share your work via our own library's digital repository so that others including scholars in the Global South can access your research for free and without having to create ResearchGate.net or Academica.edu accounts.

I recommend the following services to find a scholar's profile or create your own:

  • Figshare is a repository that allows researchers "to make all of their research outputs" available in one easily discovered and cited space. See an example profile.
  • Google Scholar opened up its service to any researcher interested in creating a profile in November 2011. Click here to create your own Google Scholar Citations profile. A researcher will not have a profile with Google unless they create one. Determine if the scholar you are interested in has created a profile by Googling her or him (e.g. <David C. Murray "Google Scholar Citations">).
  • Impactstory (free) primarily tracks altmetrics but doubles as a space for scholars to create an "Impactstory Profile" (see example).
  • ORCiD offers a "persistent digital identifier" that distinguishes one scholar from another in the sciences and several other disciplines (see my ORCID profile as an example). As with Google Scholar, authors must register with the service.
  • ResearcherID (Web of Science) offers a similar service.

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