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Researcher IDs & Online Scholar Profiles Explained: ORCID & Others


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Researchers and scholars can increase their online presence through researcher IDs (e.g., ORCID) or by creating profiles (e.g., Mendeley, ResearchGate). This brief presentation explains commons IDs and profiles, and introduces scholar collaboration networks (SCNs) that have similar attributes.

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Researcher IDs & Online Scholar Profiles Explained: ORCID & Others

  1. 1. Researcher IDs & Online Scholar Profiles Explained: ORCID & Others Scholarly Communication Services (SCS) By Kristy Padron, MLIS SCS Coordinator and Associate University Librarian August 2020
  2. 2. • Describe the purpose of researcher IDs and online scholar profiles. • Identify common researcher IDs and profiles, and their differences. • Distinguish researcher IDs and profiles from scholar collaboration networks (SCNs). • Outline points to consider in creating a researcher ID or profile. Objectives
  3. 3. • As scholars and researchers, your activity, productivity, and contributions to your field are communicated in a variety of ways. • With experience, you build a body of work while changing your emphases, collaborators, or institutions. • Online platforms and other tools can help with communicating and keeping record of your progress in work. • Leverage your work’s visibility. • Can help create a compilation or collection. • Assist with collaboration and interactions. • Many institutions and funders are utilizing researcher IDs and profiles in their workflows and to keep track of work. Communicating Your Work
  4. 4. • Websites • Individual • Departmental / Institutional / Organizational • Social media: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube • Researcher IDs: ORCID, Scopus ID, Web of Science ID / Publons • Profiles & Scholar Collaboration Networks (SCNs): Mendeley, ResearchGate What online tools can I use to promote my work? See my work here!
  5. 5.  Purposes: • Assists with compiling information about your work. • Name (and organization) disambiguation • Associate your work with your name. • Integrates a researcher and their information into other platforms or services. • Used by publishers, funders and others in their workflows. • Researcher ID providers assert they do not function as a profile (with information) but only as identifiers. Researcher IDs Defined as identifiers assigned to individual researchers or scholars. ?!
  6. 6. • ORCID • Scopus ID (Elsevier) • Web of Science ID / Publons, by Clarivate Analytics) Image sources: ORCID (2020). Logo [Image]. Scopus Preview (2020). Logo [Image]. Publons (2020). Logo [Image]. Researcher IDs Commonly Used
  7. 7. ORCID – ORCID is a non-profit organization. • This is an identifier, not necessarily a profiling system. • Has information about a researcher’s work, affiliations, funding, peer review, and more. ORCID (2020). Daniel Meeroff profile [Web page].
  8. 8. ORCID – ORCID is a non-profit organization. • Organizations or individuals can create ORCID identifiers. • Variations of names can be added. • Some information is autopopulated, while researchers can add their own. • Many funders and publishers request ORCID IDs from researchers who submit work or proposals. ORCID (2020). Daniel Meeroff profile [Web page].
  9. 9. Scopus ID – By Elsevier. Scopus Preview (2020). Teresa J. Sakraida profile [Web page]. • Provides a record of an author’s peer-reviewed publications that were indexed in Scopus. • Scopus ID is automatically generated for researcher when this is done. • Connects to an author’s ORCID identifier. • Authors can create alerts for when their work is cited. • Provides some bibliometric information (based on Scopus sources). • The source of information is from Elsevier (and what they published), but authors can request changes.
  10. 10. Web of Science ID / Publons – Formerly Web of Science ID, by Clarivate Analytics • Import publication information from Web of Science, ORCID ID, or from a bibliographic citation manager. • Provides some citation metrics. • Shows peer review history. • Enables preprints reviews and prepublication discussions. Publons (2020). Lilah Besser profile [Web page].
  11. 11.  Researcher IDs and profiles have some overlap in their attributes, but profiles tend to be more flexible in what authors can add or change.  Two researcher / scholar profiles: • Google Scholar • SciENv Image sources: Google Scholar (2020). Logo [Image]. National Center for Biotechnology Information (2020). SciENcv logo [Image]. https://ncbi.nlm.nih/gov/sciencv Researcher Profiles Commonly Used
  12. 12. Google Scholar – By Google • Scholars can create their own Google Scholar profile page and add information such as contact, links to publications, and affiliations. • Some bibliometrics are provided (using the sources Google has). • Citation network: Allows scholars to create citation alerts and do forward citation searching.Google Scholar (2020). Maria Fadiman profile [Web page].
  13. 13. SciENcv– https://ncbi.nlm.nih/gov/sciencv By National Institutes of Health (NIH) • A researcher biosketch profile service for those interested in applying for some federal grants. • It requests information typically included on a CV, including “contributions to science,” research support, or scholastic performance. • SciENcv accounts link to ORCID ID and eRA Commons account (grant management tool). National Center for Biotechnology Information (2020). SciENcv [Web page]. https://ncbi.nlm.nih/gov/sciencv
  14. 14.  SCNs have multipurpose functions: • Provide contact information or CVs. • Show work and/ or share documents (research workflows) • Communicate on preprints, manuscripts, or research workflows • Save information (e.g., citation management) or documents  Scholars set them up, provide the information, and maintain them; if added, researcher IDs may autopopulate some of the information.  Do consider the copyright of your published work, and share what is allowed by publisher policies or is licensed to share (usually by a negotiated author agreement or Creative Commons). • Mendeley • ResearchGate (also similar: Academia.Edu) Scholar Collaboration Networks (SCNs) Commonly Used Image sources: Mendeley (2020). Logo [Image]. ResearchGate (2020). Logo [Image].
  15. 15. Mendeley– By Elsevier • Mendeley was initially a reference manager, then added features to provide an ‘academic social network.’ • Scholars can manually add and maintain information in addition to adding Scopus ID and ORCID ID to their profile. • Researchers can also discover new publications or recommended readings based on interests. • Mendeley also works with research workflows, notebooks, and file sharing; advanced features available by subscription. Mendeley (2020). Kristy Padron profile [Web page].
  16. 16. ResearchGate - By ResearchGate GmbH  Researchers can create a free profile.  Purposes: • Share and discuss work. • Find new research • Provides number of views and some citation information. • It is also a job searching tool.  Caveat: share responsibly! Commercial publishers gave multiple takedown notices to authors due to copyright infringement in posting PDFs of work.ResearchGate (2020). Eric H. Shaw profile [Web page].
  17. 17. • Purpose: what do you want to fulfill or accomplish through an ID or profile? • Discipline: where are scholars and researchers in your discipline frequently creating profiles? • Grants and Funders: some federal grants or other research funders may require applicants to create a profile, or may request their ID. • Maintenance: what will you need to do to keep the information current? Keep it updated! Considerations for Creating a Scholarly ID or Profile
  18. 18. • Sharing Work: How do you want to share your work, and in what formats? • Check on your publisher agreements for permissions to share your work and which version may be acceptable. • Check on a site’s ability to use URLs or links to share work. • Privacy: check for privacy options, especially if you wish (or need) to limit your visibility or what is shown to select viewers. • Integrations: what platforms do you anticipate using frequently? Considerations for Creating a Scholarly ID or Profile
  19. 19. More Information  Researcher Profile LibGuide profile  Scholarly Communication Services Home • Topics and information • Request SCS Services: consultations, presentations (class and groups) Unless indicated, the source of images are from or and are reused with CC0 (public domain) license. Cited images reused via evaluating fair use.
  20. 20. Researcher IDs & Online Scholar Profiles Explained: ORCID & Others Scholarly Communication Services (SCS) By Kristy Padron, MLIS SCS Coordinator and Associate University Librarian August 2020