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Promoting your research online is vital if you need to provide evidence of the online engagement for your work, particularly when applying for promotion or tenure and funding. In this post I’ll be sharing the tips as well as the tools you’ll need to spread the word about your work and efficiently manage your online reputation.
Here's an example of how wildly different the numbers can be. The search is for "Sinn RN" as author.
Web of Science
Publish or Perish by Harzing
Publish or Perish is freeware, created by an Australian academic to help her with her own research portfolio. You must download the software onto your computer. Publish or Perish searches Google Scholar and calculates a number of metrics that include:
ResearcherID is based on the Thomson Reuters suite of databases, Web of Knowledge. ResearcherID is freely available, but you must register to create an account. In your ResearcherID account you can
create a list of articles indexed by Web of Science
track performance measures like times cited and h-index
list your previous institutions
ResearcherID incorporates EndNote Web, which allows you to import article citations that aren't indexed by Web of Science. Articles added in this fashion won't be incorporated into your times cited or h-index. ResearcherID provides you with a permanent URL which you can distribute.
ORCID, Open Researcher & Contributor ID, is a non-profit group trying to solve the author disambiguation problem. They hope to create a researcher registry that will use the linking power of the Internet to uniquely identify authors and contributors.