Building your academic profile online can help demonstrate your authority, expertise and research interests. The internet has become the starting point for all searches, so you want to make sure that people are finding authorized biographical and contact information about you.
Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to showcase their academic publications. You can check who is citing your articles, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name, e.g., richard feynman. (Google Scholar Profile, 2021)
1. Go to scholar.google.com and click “Sign in” in the upper right corner then click on “My Profile” to get started.
2. Fill out your name, affiliation, and email address. Use your UBC email address and check your email to complete the verification process. This will authorize Google Scholar to display your affiliation with UBC.
3. Select "Next."
4. Now you'll be given two decisions to make:
Humanities Commons is a nonprofit network that enables humanities scholars and practitioners to create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work. The Humanities Commons network is open to anyone, regardless of field, language, institutional affiliation, or form of employment. Full-featured accounts are and will remain free for individual users; the network is sustained by the financial contributions of participating organizations.
Academia.edu is a Facebook-like social networking platform for more than 40 million scholars. It allows people to search by name, research interests and universities. The site is highly visited and prominent in Google searches. Academia.edu allows you to update your status, upload your academic papers (including unpublished drafts), list your research interests and follow other scholars with similar areas of research. This site also provides great assessment tools that allow you to be notified when someone views your profile or papers.
With more than 9 million researchers, ResearchGate is a leading social networking site for scientists and an increasing number of scholars in humanities and social sciences. It offers the same functionality as Academia.edu: share publications, get statistics about views and downloads of your research; collaborate with peers, etc.
Loop, a profile tool from Frontier, is a cross-platform integration that makes researcher profiles and research discoverable across the boundaries of publishers and organizations. If you have a Loop profile, it will be discoverable via your articles in the original journals in which they were published. Examples of online author profiles can be seen on the following Nature and Frontiers articles.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a website devoted to the rapid dissemination of scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities. SSRN is viewed as particularly strong in the fields of economics, finance, accounting, management, and law. Academic papers can be uploaded directly to the site by authors as PDF documents. All author-uploaded papers are available for worldwide free downloading. Users can also subscribe to abstracting e-mail journals covering a broad range of subject matters.