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Scholarly Communication @ UT

A guide to learn more about scholarly communication, including open access, copyright, and grant funding resources.

Getting Started

Look at the web presences of your peers, mentors, and field experts

  • What content do they include?
  • What platforms are they using?
  • How does their web presence and researcher profiles impact your impress of them?

Ask yourself: What do you want to achieve? What do you want to communicate about yourself?

Researcher Profiles

There are various platforms for research profiles. Some popular ones include:

Remember that not all research platforms are created equal. Each one has its benefits and drawbacks. 

Starting in Fall 2017 you'll also be able to able to create researcher profiles in DigitalFGCU. Contact Digital Initiatives Staff for more information.

Academic Social Networks

Academic social networks are a great source for creating a research profile, share your research, and develop professional connections. 

ResearchGate - Facebook + Twitter + LinkedIn + Repository

  • 10+ million users
  • Create with email, LinkedIn, or Facebook account
  • Network based on who you’ve cited, followed, and discipline
  • Download statistics if you add your work

Academia.edu - Facebook + Twitter + LinkedIn + Repository

  • 42.5+ million users
  • Create with email, Google, or Facebook account
  • Network based on who you Follow
  • Download statistics if you add your work
  • Drawback: Someone must have an academia.edu account to view articles

Mendeley - Reference manager + social network

  • A few million users
  • Create with email account
  • Network based on who you follow
  • Statistics provided

Curating Your Researcher Profile Slides


figshare is traditionally a platform to store and share your research, but it can also work as a great researcher profile! You can deposit every research output you have, get a free DOI to track altmetrics, and display your collection research in a simple profile. figshare is a great option for students as you change universities.


You need three items ready when creating a research profile:

  • Updated CV
  • Copies of your articles
  • Your ORCID 

Ask yourself, where do I want my digital presence to be? What content do I have? Trying to have a research profile on every platform will burn you out. Select where you want your digital presence to be and what makes sense for your content.

Tips for success

  • Don’t try to do everything!
  • Search for your colleagues and connect with them
  • Find out what your colleagues use
  • Update profiles regularly 
  • Use a consistent photo

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