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Research Services: Profiles & Promoting Research

The Glucksman Library's guide to assist researchers with all aspects of the research process from finding information to maximising impact.

Researcher Profiles

Ensuring your research is easily identifiable is very important and can be achieved by:

  • Always using the same version of your name consistently throughout your career e.g. always use either the English or Irish version of your name but not both, never shorten your name, and always either include or exclude your middle initial(s)
  • When publishing always use the same institutional name variant
  • Creating online researcher profile(s).

There are a number of researcher profiles that you can create including ULRIS, ORCID, ResearcherID and Google Scholar Researcher Profiles. This recorded presentation will explain why it is useful to create researcher profiles and the various online resources that are available.

ULRIS (UL Research Information System)

It is important to add all your publications to ULRIS, UL’s Research Information System. ULRIS will automatically download your new publications from Web of Science and allow your academic profile to automatically feed your department’s website. More information on ULRIS can be found at

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ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and ensures that your work is recognized by linking you to your professional activities.

Unlike other research IDs, your ORCID iD is universal. It's not tied to any institution or database, and it can follow you wherever your research takes you.

Publishers, funders, research institutions, and other organizations are increasingly adopting or supporting ORCID. 

You can get yourself set up with ORCID in three easy steps

  1. Get an ORCID number
    1. Registering for your ORCID iD only takes 30 seconds at
  2. Add your works. ORCID is one the easiest profiles to keep up to date. 
    1. Once you've created your ORCID iD, it's easy to add your scholarly works to your ORCID record and enable automatic updates
    2. You can link your works from another system such as Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science, Crossref and many more
    3. ORCID can be linked to your ULRIS profile allowing ULRIS to be automatically populated from ORCID when you make changes. 
  3. Use your ORCID Number
    1. Include your ORCID identifier on your webpage,
    2. When you submit publications 
    3. When you apply for grants
    4. In any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.


Over 10,000 scholarly links are shared on Twitter every day. It is a very useful method of promoting your research to fellow academics and also engaging with industry, funders and the wider public. Twitter can also be used to keep up-to-date with emerging research, researchers and trends. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has produced a guide to using Twitter for academics (

The initial results of research have shown than highly tweeted articles are more likely to be highly cited than less-tweeted articles (Eysenbach, G. (2011). Can Tweets Predict Citations? Metrics of Social Impact Based on Twitter and Correlation with Traditional Metrics of Scientific Impact. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13(4), e123.

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5 Ways to Increase the Impact of your Research!

  1. Publish in high impact journals that enable Open Access

Impact Factor metrics - e.g. Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) - will help you to select high impact journals in your field.

Check Sherpa/Romeo for journals' Open Access policies.

Consult with peers and check the scope of a journal, and if possible publish in Quartile 1 or 2 journals in your field.

  1. Collaborate with other researchers

Collaboration leads to more citations because each author has their own network and collaborators will also cite each other's work in their other projects. Collaboration often leads to better quality research due to the complementary skills of the research team. Co-authored papers, especially those from outside the author's home country, have been shown to be cited more frequently. See this guide for tips on getting started with co-authoring.

  1. Ensure your research is easily identifiable

Create an ORCID profile to ensure that all of your research is linked correctly to you. Link your ORCID profile to your ULRIS, Publons, Scopus and Google Profiles.

  1. Increase the visibility of your research outputs

Take care when selecting and writing your title, abstract and keywords to ensure that your research is picked up in the search results of databases (i.e. search engine optimisation). Deposit your publications in the UL institutional repository to make the most of the open access citation advantage.

  1. Communicate & promote your research

Social media (e.g. Twitter, blogs, slideshare) and academic social networking sites (e.g. ResearchGate , can be useful for publicising research and engaging with audiences. Researchers should also attend and present at conferences and seminars to communicate the results of their research and to meet potential collaborators.


Publons has replaced Web of Science's ResearcherID. Your Web of Science/EndNote Online/ResearcherID login will give you access to Publons, or you can create your profile at Web of Science.

Publons allows you to manage your publication lists, track your Web of Science times cited counts and h-index, and avoid author misidentification. You can link your Publons profile to your ORCID account.

Publons also allows researchers to share and discuss peer review of academic publications.

  • Publons allows you to get credit for the peer reviews you write (without breaking reviewer anonymity)
  • You control how each review is displayed on their profile (blind, open, or published)
  • You can add both pre-publication reviews for journals & post-publication reviews of any article


A profile is automatically created for you if any of your publications are included in Scopus.Your Scopus Profile and your ORCID account can easily be synchronised.

Google Scholar Citations Researcher Profiles

In the 'My Citations' service of Google Scholar, you can create a profile and track the citations to your publications. The researcher profile also computes citation metrics including the h-index. New items will automatically be added to your profile as Google Scholar finds them. If you make your researcher profile public it will appear in Google Scholar search results and increase the visibility of all your research outputs.

Promoting Your Research Online

As the volume of publications continues to increase rapidly throughout the world, it is becoming more important to promote your research outputs to ensure that they don’t go unnoticed.

One method of promoting your research is to create a profile on an academic social networking site and add the details of your publications. There are several different sites including and the Social Science Research NetworkCheck out the current users of the different sites and speak to colleagues before deciding which academic social networking site you will create your profile in, or you may consider giving yourself a digital identity health check.

Social media can be useful means for publicising your research and also engaging with your audience.

  • Blogs – write about your research and other developments in your field ( or
  • Twitter – promote your research and receive feedback on your publications
  • YouTube – recordings of presentations or other videos to showcase your research
  • Slideshare – put up slides from conferences you presented to further promote your research activities

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