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Increasing your visibility: online profiles

As a researcher, presenting your research at conferences and publishing papers, you are building networks. Here we look at some ways to increase and manage your visibility within and possibly beyond these networks, thereby increasing the potential for future citations to your work.


Variants in personal and institutional names can adversely impact overall research ratings and lead to confusion. ORCID ID (Open Researcher and Contributor's ID) is a service designed to both standardise names and showcase the work of researchers. Register for an ORCID id and submit it with grant applications, to publishers with your manuscripts and attach it to your Scopus, ResearcherID (Web of Science), GoogleScholar or other profiles. This unique identifier ensures that you and your research are easily distinguishable.


A profile is automatically created and a unique identifier assigned to you. There is a precise algorithm behind matching your publications to your profile which may result in more than one profile being created for you. You can request amendments to a profile if items have been incorrectly added and merge profiles if more than one profile is assigned to you.

Find Scopus on the Library's Databases pages.

Web of Science

Set up a unique ResearcherID and ensure that your publications are linked to the ResearcherID profile. You can register directly via ResearcherID or via Web of Science. Registration enables you to create a public profile of all publications, citations and collaborations, which can also integrate with Web of Science and Endnote Online. Make sure however to keep your ResearchID profile up to date as (unlike Scopus) this is not an automated process.

Find Web of Science on the Library's Databases pages. Find EndNote Online within Web of Science.

Academic Networks

Research Gate and are academic social networking platforms aimed at connecting you to other researchers, to share, interact and identify potential collaborations. You can set up a profile and add a publication list. However, be careful when adding full text, as this is subject to publisher permissions. Check the publisher’s website or email us at and we will be happy to advise.

While academic networks are great tools to promote your research, they don’t fulfil funders’ open access mandates. See our Open Access Publishing page for more details.  A blog post from the Office for Scholarly Communications, University of California entitled A social networking site is not an open access repository outlines the pros and cons of both types of systems.

Social Media

Use social media to promote your research and your research profiles. Set up a Twitter account and tweet about your new papers as well as colleagues’ research. Use it to follow others working in the same field, keep up with new developments and identity new collaborations. A LinkedIn profile will publicise your research and connect you to potential employers, research funders, and collaborators.

Further information

Slides from the RCSI Supporting Researchers Lunchtime workshop entitled How Visible are You? are available on Moodle - scroll down to the Guides and Resources for Researchers topic.

See also our Where to Publish page for advice on choosing journals to publish in – this can also impact on your research visibility and impact.


For help with increasing your visibility, contact Grainne McCabe, Scholarly Communications & Research Support Officer.