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Boost Your Scholarly Profile: Task 2

This guide is designed to help UWF faculty members raise their scholarly profile.

Create your Scholarly ID & Google Scholar profile

Registering with ORCID and ResearchID will help to increase visibility for your scholarly creative activities and ensure your name is properly associated with your scholarly work.  One of the most common problems for faculty visibility is name ambiguity and the challenge of distinguishing your research with that of others.  You need to be able to easily attach your identity to your research. 

Google Scholar is a freely available tool that indexes scholarly publications.  Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles.

Why does this task matter?

Your research is of high scholarship and importance.  Registering with one or both of the scholarly-focused options (ORCID and ResearchID) is a wise option to help you stand out in the crowd and can help to eliminate any confusion between your work and that of a fellow researcher.

Creating a scholarly profile is important for several reasons:

  • The same author's name could be written in different ways, or more than one researcher may have the same name. 
  • There may be different versions of a name, or the use of initials could be used in place of a full name.
  • Some researchers could change names because of marriage or other reasons. 

Creating and maintaining a Google Scholar Profile can increase the status and reach of your scholarship and research.  You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics.

Show Your Research Impact with a Google Scholar Profile

Steps to complete the task

ORCID is a non-profit organization that provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and ensures that your work is recognized. 

1. Register with ORCID and receive your unique ID. Register here for free.

2.  Create a personalized professional profile and link to your other identifiers (such as, ResearcherID).

3. Include your ORCID ID on your Webpage, when you submit publications, and apply for grants for research to ensure you get credit for your work.


ResearcherID also provides a solution to the author ambiguity problem within the scholarly research community. ResearcherID offers a free virtual space to manage and share your professional information. Each member is assigned a unique identifier to enable researchers to manage their publications.

1. Register here and create a profile.

2. Link to your other identifiers (such as, ORCID).

3. Build your publication list and get citation metrics from Web of Science.


Google Scholar profile

1. Create or sign in to your Google account to set up your Author Profile. Google recommends using a personal account so that your profile is independent from your institutional account. Note that accounts and email addresses are different. You will need to use your official UWF email in your profile since Google Scholar requires valid university email addresses. 

2. Add your articles to your profile (or skip this step and do it later).

3. Choose or decline automatic updating.

4. Click the "Go to my profile" button.

5. Your profile will default to private.  Click the "Make it public" link to change the status.  You can change the status at any time by clicking the "Edit" button and checking/unchecking the "Make my profile public" box.  

Now you're ready to explore and review your citations!  And don't forget to update your profile regularly.

See Google Scholar Citations for detailed setup instructions and further information.