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Online Scholarly Identity: Tips and Pointers

Resources to help you create an online identity.

Additional Resources for Curating Your Online Presence

Craft, A.  "Electronic resources forum- managing researcher identity: tools for researchers and librarians.Serials Review.  Feb 4, 2020

Marshall, K.  "Branding yourself as an academic.Chronicle of Higher Education  January 30, 2017

Marshall K.  "How to maintain your digital identity as an academic."  Chronicle of Higher Education  January 9, 2015

Croxall, B.  "How to overcome what scares us about our online identities.Chronicle of Higher Education  April 21, 2014

Van Noorden R.  "Online collaboration:  scientists and the social network."  Nature  August 13, 2014

Lowenthal P., Dunlap J. Intentional web presence: 10 SEO strategies every academic needs to know.  Educause June 5, 2012

Barbour K. and Marshall D.  "The academic online:  constructing persona through the world wide web."  First Monday  September, 2012

Tips and Pointers to manage your Scholarly Identity

  1. Google yourself- See what information about you comes up.  Can your peers and collegues find you?
  2. Make sure your LinkedIn page is current/ or create a LinkedIn page if you don’t have one
    1. Connect with others in your field
  3. Get an ORCID ID- This is very important and will only take a couple of minutes.
  4. Social media- Make sure you separate your personal social media from your professional social media.  Look for professional sites in your area on twitter, Facebook etc.
  5. Set-up academic networking accounts: e.g. Google Scholar, Academia.edu, ResearchGate
  6. If you have time, create a personal website or see what is on your work/ department website about you.
    1. Link this to your academic networking accounts
    2. Make sure your website has your online bio and head shot, your CV, research interests and contact information
  7. Remember: Only do what you have time for. It is not necessary to do all these things all at once.