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Scholarly Visibility & Impact

How to make a case and create a narrative around the scholarly contributions that are most valuable to you in academic evaluation.

Manage your Academic Identity

Your academic profile should serve as a narrative of your scholarly experiences, including teaching, professional networks, and impact. It should consist of a range of tools for getting your narrative heard, and making your work visible and accessible. One important step in doing this is managing your online profile.  Google Scholar already tracks the publications of researchers, and Scopus tracks this work and curates a profile for you. However, these systems often cannot differentiate between persons who have similar names, and generally only capture scholarly publications and not the entire body of your work.

Researcher Profiles

An ORCID ID helps you take charge of your online footprint by providing you with a unique 16-digit identifier that you can link all your academic output to, wherever you work, present or publish. You can sign up for or login to ORCID using your Indiana University credentials her. Be sure to also add a personal email address to your ORCID record. You can then use your ORCID to create, populate, and connect to other profile systems like Scholars@IU (login or register here), Scopus ID, and Web of Science Researcher ID. You can also use your ORCID to sign into most publisher submission systems, and to populate information in NIH BioSketch, your DMAI Faculty Annual Report and other systems.

Check out our ORCID @ Indiana University page for information on how to create your ORCID iD, easily receive credit and recognition for your work, reduce time spent on reports and administrative requirements, and continually and automatically update your academic record. You can also request a consultation.

Here are the steps to set up your Google Scholar Profile:

  1. Go to This is a special version of Google's index to scholarly content on the web, which connects to full-text resources available to IU users. You may be prompted to login with your IU credentials.
  2. Click on the icon or the words "SIGN IN" in the top right corner to sign in to your Google account.  You may use your IU account or your personal gmail account.
  3. Click on "My Profile" in the top left corner.  You will be taken to a screen that records your name, affiliation, and academic interests. Follow the prompts to select of articles that you wrote, and choose your update and visibility settings.  We recommend that you have Google email you with updates for approval to ensure that work is not attributed to you incorrectly.  Make your profile public for increased visibility.
  4. Navigate to the main menu in the top left corner to go to Settings.  From the Settings menu select "Library links".  Type Indiana University in the search bar, hit Enter or the magnifying glass icon, and select "Indiana University - Bloomington - IU-Link".  This ensures that when you search Google Scholar, it will indicate which search results are full text resources available from our libraries.

You can access Scopus at 

  1. Click on Author under "Start Exploring" and enter your details to search for your work.
  2. Review the result list to find a publication that you authored.  Click on your name next to that publication.  This will lead you to an Author Details page.  At the far right of the page is a Profile Actions column where you can edit your author profile and connect your ORCID ID.  Contact us if you need help with merging profiles, correcting errors (e.g. wrong ORCID ID, duplicate profiles) or removing works that you did not author.
  3. At the bottom of the Profile Actions column there is an orange "Is this you?" button.  Clicking on this will allow you to claim your profile.  It will prompt you to log into Elsevier and will take you to a page where you can add further profile details.  It is not necessary to claim your profile or create an Elsevier account to correct errors in your profile.  This can be done from your Author Details page.

Tip - The Author Details page can generate useful charts for demonstrating the impact of your work

An image from the Scopus Author details page showing numbers for publications, citations and h-index, as well as a chart of the author's citation distribution

You can register on Publons to claim your Web of Science ResearcherID. Connect to ORCID and other systems from your accounts page. Then, using the "Import Publications" button on your Publications page, you can sync your ORCID publications, automatically importing them into your profile. Find out more about ResearcherID.