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Researcher Profiles, Identifiers and Engagement

This guide provides information about how to create, use and promote your online research presence.

Getting started

1. Review your current online presence: "Google yourself" using different combinations of your name, JCU / previous institution, area of research.

2. Develop a strategy: how will you 'take control of' your online research presence. For ideas, see:

3. Select one or two tools as the base for your online presence. We recommend JCU Research Portfolio and ORCID.

4. Complete and polish your base profile:

  • To increase the chance of your profile being discovered, use at least 5-10 keywords to describe your area of research interest, and give a full description of your affiliation.

5. Load a photo if this option is available.

6. Make sure you set your profile to "public" so that people can find you.

7. Link other tools that you use for your research to this profile - select from the options described in this Library Guide.

8. Link to your base profile in your email signature:

9. Use your base profile like an online business card e.g. link to your profile in title slides of conference presentations, your Twitter profile and your other social engagement profiles.

10. Manage your profile as an ongoing commitment - be ready for new opportunities.

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