Almost everyone has an online presence of some kind. Your online presence is likely one of the first places others (such as potential employers, research collaborators, students and the general public) look to find out more about you. As a scholar, this presence often includes any institutional affiliations or profiles, presentations and publications, fellowships and grants, courses taught and your research interests or areas of expertise. There are a variety of services available in which you can intentionally collocate some of this information so that you can define your online scholarly presence.
Your online scholarly identity exists regardless of whether you manage it, often a passive result of your teaching and research activities. There may also be other information about you online that is not directly related to your scholarship. If you do not actively manage it, you are allowing search engines such as Google to create your identity for you. Websites and pages with your scholarly contributions are more likely to show up in search results if you have curated your scholarly identity.
Being a scholar-practitioner is a social activity as you are part of the scholarly community, and your work is part of the scholarly conversation. Therefore, it is beneficial to manage your online presence and reputation to ensure you are accurately representing yourself and your work throughout your academic and professional career.
Try Googling yourself as a first step to get a sense of what your online presence currently looks like.
Consider the following questions as you browse the search results.
Click through the tabs to learn more about how you can curate your scholarly identity effectively and efficiently as possible.