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Managing your identity
Managing your identity helps you to ensure that your work is unambiguously attributed to you and can help to raise your researcher profile.
A key thing to do is to create an ORCID iD. This is a unique identifier which:
Find out more on the Library’s pages about ORCID.
If you are new to publishing you should think about the name you use on your outputs so that your work can be attributed to you.
Your profile(s) are your shop window to the world. Consider where you would like to have a presence and remember to maintain your profiles on the services you have decided to use.
If you are a member of staff, your outputs on the SHU Institutional Repository SHURA are used to populate your SHU profile on the University’s externally facing web pages. It is therefore important to keep the record of your outputs up to date. You also need to do this to increase their visibility and ensure you are complying with requirements from SHU, HEFCE and funders.
You may also wish to create profiles and publication lists in social networking services for researchers such as ResearchGate or Academia. If you are thinking of using these sites, please have a look at our page about depositing your research outputs on social networking sites.
You may also wish to use Kudos to explain and share your work to a wider audience. If you already have an ORCID ID with your list of your publications, you can connect this with Kudos.
Another option is to set up a Google Scholar profile using Google Scholar Citations. You can create a public or private profile in Google Scholar with information about you and links to your publications.
There are many other tools and sites you could consider using to raise your researcher profile and build a social media network, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Mendeley, etc. Investigate your options and consider carefully where you would like to invest your time and effort.