Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2022     Views: 12

Managing your research identity (e.g. creating and using an ORCiD ID) is an important aspect of research activity and can lead to new collaborations and opportunities.

Researchers are increasingly utilising social media to raise awareness of their profile, research activities and outputs, in both scholarly and non-scholarly communities.

It is important to select and maintain the most appropriate social media platforms for your discipline.

  • Find out where your peers in your field of research are participating.
  • Join relevant communities of practice.
  •  Establish relationships with potential collaborators.
  • Promote news of your research activities and outputs.

Examine your engagement and reach of your research outputs by using Altmetric Explorer as it collects and collates a wide range of online activity including:

  • Tweets
  • Facebook mentions
  • News items
  • Inclusion in policy documents
  • Blog
  • Wikipedia mentions
  • Shares on academic networking sites such as Mendeley

An Altmetric Score is included for individual research outputs once indexed in ResearchDirect and the Research Portal, where applicable.  

Note: a DOI or ISBN is required for Altmetric Explorer to track the online activity of any item and to include this permanent identifier when posting about your work online.

Some Altmetric providers such as PlumX (integrated with Scopus), also include download and view activity of articles from journal websites.

Altmetrics have been developed to capture this online activity and have become an acceptable inclusion in statements outlining researcher impact for grant/promotion applications.

For further advice about research promotion, please view this overview about research engagement

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