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Researcher Profiles: Researcher Profiles

The purpose of this guide: introducing Melbourne Polytechnic researchers to ideas and resources for creating researcher profiles

Researcher Visibility: Why is it important?

For researchers, heightened visibility can lead to positive gains, including opportunities to form important new networks; personal reputation-building; new opportunities for sharing research results; and invitations to participate in academic events.  

Introducing Researcher Profiles

Researcher profiles are employed by researchers to make themselves, and their research, more widely known to others.  They are regarded as an effective tool for enhancing researcher visibility.

Typically, researcher profiles are online-accessible documents providing information about the researcher, including any combination of biographical details, publications lists, notable achievements, collaborators' names, institutional and professional society memberships, research and readership metrics, and so on.  

This section will introduce two well-known online tools for constructing Researcher Profiles:

  1. ORCID
  2. Google Scholar  

Why Are Researcher Profiles Important?

An authentic and thoughtfully constructed researcher profile has benefits: 

  • Consolidating all your research outputs into a singular Researcher Profile record
  • Promoting your research output and activities:  publications, presentations, collaborations
  • Helping you to meet publisher's expectations, and comply with instructions from research funding bodies
  • Generating and promulgating research metrics for you
  • Enabling your research to become highly discoverable 


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Researcher Profiles by ORCID


A Researcher Profile Tool

ORCID is a freely available, highly regarded tool for constructing researcher profiles.  ORCID is an acronym for Open Researcher and Contributor ID.
About the organisation
ORCID is a global, non-profit, community-built organisation  
ORCID researcher profiling 
ORCID's notable feature is that it assigns researchers with a unique, permanent ORCID identifier, through which their research activities/outputs are able to be linked 
Cross-disciplinary, cross-sector, and multi-national in scope   
Works with other identifier systems   
How ORCID works   
No matter how many researchers carry the same name, the unique ORCID ensures that the work is correctly attributed to its originator.
It is an enduring identifier – ORCID remains the same through researcher name changes, spelling variations, abbreviations, etc   
It enables the total of a researcher’s output to be accessible from a singular location   
Structure of an ORCID   
Contains 16 digits – randomly generated   
All ORCIDs begin with followed by four blocks of four digits, separated by hyphens  

Note:  Some funding bodies require an ORCID ID as a prerequisite to obtaining funds


For additional information on ORCID, refer to the ORCID Profiles Tab of this Guide

Source: This information has been derived and adapted from 

ORCID Icon source:  Wikimedia Commons  
Licence:  CC0  

Recommendation: ORCID profiles

Griffith University's ORCID web pages

for ultra-clear instructions on setting up
and using ORCID

Researcher Profiles by Google Scholar

Google Scholar

A Researcher Profile Tool

About Google Scholar Profiles  
Google Scholar Profiles is a resource linked to the Google Scholar database.  It enables authors to exhibit and share their scholarly work, and provides useful tools for quantifying and visualising researcher impact.  
About the organisation

Google - the parent company of Google Scholar - is a global leader in the development of internet-related services  
GS researcher profiling
Using Google Scholar, researchers are able to set up public profiles, and compute various types of publicly accessible citation metrics derived from their research activities. 
Inclusions:  Scholarly articles, including journal articles, technical reports, dissertations, pre- and post-prints, abstracts, conference papers.
Exclusions:  anything above 5MB, book reviews, editorials, news and magazine articles
How Google Scholar Profiles work
Each profiled researcher's page contains a list of publications, linked back to Google Scholar (full-text)
The statistics on the profile (h-index etc) are derived from the publication metrics of the items on the researcher's profile page
Structure of a GS researcher profile
Information about the researcher 
Publications list, with cited-by counts
Follow button
Links to co-authors’ GS profiles
Metrics: citation counts by year; h-index, i10-index etc


For additional information on Google Scholar, refer to the Google Scholar Profiles Tab of this Guide

Google Scholar logo source:  
Wikimedia Commons Licence:  CC0    

Recommendation: Google Scholar, the ultimate guide


Google Scholar:  the ultimate guide
Instruction pages from Google Scholar