Digital You

By Tegan Darnell, & USQ Library

As a researcher, you need to be especially aware of your online profile. Research and other outputs need to be found and read, and that means found online.

I often say, “If it isn’t online, it doesn’t exist.” This means YOU! You need to know what is already out there about you, whether you like what people see, and whether your work is actually ‘find-able’.

Researcher profiles

Creating and maintaining your research profile can be as simple as ensuring your USQ profile & ePrints publication list is up to date, but we highly recommend that all USQ researchers also have an ORCID ID and a Google Scholar profile.

USQ Profile

If you are USQ staff, this is your primary profile, and where many people will find you. You should include – a photo, descriptive text, most recent and most notable publications.

Google Scholar

Many people search Google Scholar because it’s easy. Google Scholar indexes “scholarly materials” – it includes a very large number of scholarly databases, but not commercial websites, and not law reports.  Google Scholar also indexes books and book chapters. This is good for humanities and social science academics (though not perfect). You can manually add publications that aren’t already in Google Scholar.

You can export your Google Scholar citations to a spreadsheet, and then add in citations in judgements or government reports etc. to make a more complete record of your citations and impact. Include in your profile – a photo, USQ email address, research areas, and the URL for your USQ staff profile as your “Homepage”.

Google Scholar will suggest a list of publications to you.  You “claim” the ones that are yours. You can also opt to allow Google Scholar to automatically keep your profile up to date.


ORCID is a non-commercial organisation providing permanent digital identifiers for researchers.  This is a unique number that’s associated with you.  You can use this in ePrints, when applying for grants, and when submitting articles for publication.  It ties all publications and funding under any of your name variants to you.

Go to and sign up. Include a description of your research interests under “Biography”.

You can include links to websites in your profile.  We recommend you add links to your USQ profile and your Google Scholar profile. If you have publications in Scopus or a ResearcherID, we highly recommend that you link those author IDs to ORCID so that both profiles are automatically kept up to date. This will be particularly relevant to researchers in the sciences. If you have data-sets in ANDS you can also link these to your ORCID profile.

In future, USQ’s systems will be able to use your ORCID ID to automatically harvest information about your publications and funding from other places (for example, from Scopus).  This means that will need to manually tell the University less about your output, and the University will be able to report more fully and accurately about all your publication and funding activities.  All of this will save you time!

Social Media

Social media are increasingly being used for purposes other than being ‘social’. Academic networks such as LinkedIn, ResearchGate, and are used by researchers around the globe to keep in contact with colleagues and collaborators.


The most popular Social Networking tool for researchers is Twitter. This 140-character micro-blogging site can be invaluable professionally. As a ‘real-time information network’ it can connect you to just about anything that sparks your interest and give you up to date access to what is happening in your field. is a platform where you can share research papers, monitor deep analytics around the impact of your research, and track the research of academics you follow. Placing your publications and presentations on social media will make it easier for others to encounter your work, not only because they are available on a social network, but also because they improve the search engine optimisation (SEO) of your research.


ResearchGate will help you connect with researchers who aren’t on, but ResearchGate also text-mines the publications you’ve uploaded to find out who you’ve cited; they add both researchers you’ve cited, and researchers who have cited you, to your network, as well as colleagues from your department and institution.


Set up a LinkedIn profile to improve your visibility and to network with other researchers. LinkedIn is built for business people, not academics, so you will need to translate the traditional scholarly CV into the format on LinkedIn. Make sure you add a photo, make your profile ‘public’, and work hard on getting your ’Headline’ just right. In your ‘Summary’ section, provide concrete details about your research and why it matters.

Your mission?

Google yourself (*psst* Make sure you are logged out of your Google account first!).


  • decide on what you would like your online profile to be,
  • improve the accessibility of your outputs by making available what you can, and
  • communicate and interact using tools such as a blog, or Twitter.

For more information on Social Media for researchers, contact your Research Librarian.