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Although ResearchGate.net and Academia.edu are popular in academic circles (Ovadia, 2014), I prefer the services listed below, especially ORCID, for creating your scholarly profile. Please keep in mind that the same concerns around privacy and the monetization of data shared on corporate social media (e.g., FaceBook) apply to ResearchGate 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." For that reason I do not trust ResearchGate as an indicator of impact (Copiello and Bonifaci, 2016).
Consider sharing your work via Gitenstein Library's digital repository. That way a wider audience including scholars in the Global South can access your research without fees or compromising their privacy.
I recommend these services to find a scholar's profile or to create your own.
- 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). Scholars register to create a profile.
- 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">).
- ResearcherID (Web of Science) offers a similar service.
David C. Murray
Subjects:African American Studies
, Classical Studies
, Communication Studies
, Graphic Design
, History - Primary Sources
, International Studies
, Latin American Studies