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Curating your scholarly identity

A guide to help busy researchers raise the profile of their research


This guide is intended for doctoral students, early career researchers, or anybody who would like to ensure the impression they're projecting into the world matches their scholarly intentions. Browse this guide to learn about

  • what an "online scholarly identity" is,
  • why is matters to you as a researcher, and
  • how to get started curating your own identity.

You'll also find specific guidance on creating profiles with several of the top scholarly profile sites, including Google Scholar, ORCiD, and Scopus.

What is your online scholarly identity ... and why should you care?

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.