researcher knowhow: managing your researcher identity

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Researcher identityStephen CarltonSarah Roughley

IntroductionsWhat were going to cover1

Shaun Wong (2007): https://www.flickr.com/photos/shaunwong/2040104183

Your identity as a researcher is extremely important. What does researcher identity actually mean? Maybe ask them what they understand by it?

It can mean different things it can be as simple as ensuring that the correct papers are being attributed to you as an author, especially if you have quite a common name. Thats where tools like ORCID come in handy that Stephen is going to talk about shortly.

It can also mean building up a kind of narrative about yourself as a researcher, or even, and I know how much people hate this word, a brand for yourself. Its how you represent yourself as a researcher, particularly online. It can help to raise your profile as a researcher and allows other people to know who you are and what your research interests are. This could help with networking and collaborations, disseminating your research and therefore improving your altmetrics, citations and impact. 2

ORCiD

ORCiDOpen Researcher and Contributor IDA unique identifier for researchers (like a DOI for people)Helps with disambiguation and provides an interoperable identifier for all the systems researchers engage with

ORCiD2,741,180+ iDs so farMany research funders and publishers require ORCiDs nowHaving an ORCiD account is useful for lots of other reasons tooOnly takes a couple of minutes to sign up orcid.orgExample 1 Example 2

BloggingHelps you to engage with the research community and the wider publicUse to direct people to your publicationsWrite your own blog or collaborate

Blogging

Social media: TwitterDevelop a personalised news feed of your research interestsPublicise your publications and conferencesAsk questions about your researchContribute to new developments in your field

Link to staff profileRecognisable Twitter handleTweets about politics and public policy in general9

Used the cover photo to publicise her new book good idea to have a cover photo that represents your research10

Social media: FacebookCreate a Facebook page for your research groupShare ideas or networkingCan be more private than Twitter so a good place to startCreate events

Academic social networking sites

Academia.edu and ResearchGateCommercial academic social networking sitesGood for networking and keeping track of researchers whose work interests youYou can share your publicationsor can you?

Academia.edu and ResearchGateBoth include other features including:CVsJob advertisementsTracking research projectsSuggested researchers you might want to connect with

Altmetric

AltmetricAn altmetrics serviceAltmetrics (alternative metrics) as opposed to traditional citation based metrics (h-index, impact factor, citation counts)Tracks conversations about research on social media, blogs and in news outlets

Altmetric

Lots of publishers embed Altmetric donuts and display them alongside traditional metrics