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Scholarly Identity: A Guide

A guide on how to manage, promote, and protect your online scholarly identity as a current or future researcher, academic, or scholar.

General Tips and Tricks

  • Use your ORCID to rapidly update your information and direct viewers to your complete ORCID profile
  • Publish your work Open Access to increase visibility 
  • Cross-promote: Include links to your social media pages to your website or blog and vice-versa
  • Upload a high resolution professional photo 
  • Follow people, discussions, boards, groups, and topics
  • Stay active - try to post regularly
  • Include website URL and social media links to your email signature
  • Notify others of new social media accounts
  • Look at the followers list of your colleagues or influential individuals in your field to identify new people to follow and groups to join
  • Look at metrics including visits, shares, downloads, and clicks to help you identify user wants and trends 
  • Give proper attribution
  • Join groups so you can participate in discussions, answer questions, and interact with current or potential peers
  • Use keywords and industry buzzwords to attract attention, find collaborators, and increase visibility
  • Do not share anything publicly that you wouldn't share with someone one-on-one. Once posted and made public, your posts and comments will be seen by various people with different viewpoints, knowledge, beliefs, etc so it's worth keeping that in mind prior to posting. 
  • Focus on quality, not quantity 

Additional Guidance

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