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Boost Your Scholarly Profile: Task 7

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

Maintain your online profile

These are popular sites to maintain a professional presence and share your scholarship. Keep in mind that each of these requires you to set up an account. There is no fee to set up an account, but you will get frequent email updates. Sign up for these accounts only if you plan to maintain them. If you have submitted your scholarship to the institutional repository, you can link your IR account to some of these platforms as well.

Do you already have accounts on these sites? If so, review them to be sure they are up-to-date, link them to your page on the UWF Institutional Repository, and make sure that they have a profile picture. 

Why does this task matter?

These networks differ from regular social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) in that they are specifically targeted towards sharing your professional and scholarly accomplishments. and Research Gate are specifically tailored toward sharing scholarship, and help you monitor analytics around your own scholarship as well as follow other scholars. 

Steps to complete the task

1. To set up an account, you can link it to your Google+ or Facebook accounts, or if you would rather do it via email, that is also an option. You can easily upload scholarship, link your IR account, and follow colleagues. Be sure to upload a profile picture! 

2. To set up a Research Gate account, you can easily set it up using your email, but the account can also be connected to your LinkedIn or Facebook accounts. 

3. LinkedIn can also be created using your email address.


It is worth noting that these sites are commercial, meaning that there is always the potential they could change, disappear, or lose credibility over time. To cover your bases, we recommend always having your profile in the Institutional Repository as well.

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