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Build your profile

You can use several tools to build and track your profile online. They offer you three core functions:

  • Claim it: create a profile and claim your publications
  • Track it: follow your work to see how it is used and discussed
  • Share it: promote your work through mass and social media.

This page suggests some activities to get you started with tracking your profile, whether you are an early career or established researcher.


Claim It

Gathering together all your research outputs helps others identify your expertise, and raises awareness of you as a researcher. Frequently used bibliometrics, like the h index, are also dependent on the accuracy of your online profiles.


Our recommended starting point for building your academic profile is creating an ORCID iD. 

ORCID provides you with a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers. It can save you time by automatically providing your data to other systems.

Learn more about ORCID

Getting started

Your ORCID record can talk to other online profiles, so you avoid re-entering information:

  1. Add publications to your ORCID record via your Scopus Author ID. This will simultaneously update you information in Scopus and SciVal
  2. Investigate whether systems you already use allow you to pull data into your ORCID record.
  3. Synchronise data between your ORCID iD and Web of Science's Researcher ID

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Track It

Alternative metrics, or altmetrics, are terms used for publication metrics which look beyond citations. Some altmetrics look at usage of your publications, e.g. views and downloads. Others look at discussion of your publications, e.g. mentions in social and mass media. (The organisation Altmetric is one of several altmetric information providers.)

Systems at UoN

Once you have made your publications open access, visit the Nottingham ePrints statistics and 'Filter Items' by your name to see how much they have been used.

Our databases on NUsearch offer more than literature searching: many indicate how much publications have been downloaded or viewed. 

Getting started

  1. Install the Altmetric it! bookmarklet to view altmetrics about any paper with a single click
  2. Sign up for Impact Story and enter your ORCID iD to quickly see altmetrics for your own publications
  3. Check the 'Metrics' box on individual article pages in Scopus to see bibliometrics and altmetrics.

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Share It

The tools discussed above can make your research more visible. However, dedicated promotional tools allow you to promote your research more actively on social media and mass media.

Support at UoN

Getting started

  1. Write a short summary of your work in Kudos. Its built-in functionality allows you to share the summary and track its impact
  2. Write a post about your research for a University Blog or The Conversation (the University was a founding partner of The Conversation)
  3. Explore the potential of academic social networks like ResearchGate and, but bear in mind their commercial goals.

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