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Journalism - Maximizing Research Impact & Identity: Researcher Profiles

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

Establish an author identity

Common researcher names, name changes, cultural differences in name order, and inconsistent use of middle initials, can make it difficult to accurately calculate measures of personal impact. Numeric codes can help identify individual researchers. 

A scholarly identifier is a tool to help organize and link your full body of academic work. Researchers can easily establish a digital identifier in ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID), Google Scholar, or Researcher ID (Thomson Reuters)  to begin attributing their work to these accounts.  This process creates a digital body of work to pool your citations, publications and research interests. 

By registering for a unique identifier, you can potentially connect a diverse array of your scholarly output, including journal articles, datasets, patents, and online comments.

Share your research

Share your research:

  • MOSpace - Publish your research in the University of Missouri Scholarly Repository
  • figshare  A cloud based repository that "allows users to upload any file format to be made visualisable in the browser so that figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets can be disseminated."
  • SlideShare  Freely share your slide presentations, infographics, and more. Track slide downloads as an alternative research impact measure.
  • Share links and short messages, keep up with conferences and meetings, and connect with potential collaborators. Tweets can be tracked for altmetric purposes.
  • VimeoWatch, upload, and share video content for free.
  • WordPress Blog about your research


Join a research community

Share your research and follow others.
  •  Share your papers, track analytics, and follow others that interest you.

Network with others across a wide range of disciplines using these scholarly networking tools: