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Developing a plan for communicating your research

The following steps might be a good way to improve your online visibility as a researcher and assist you with communicating about your research:

  1.  Create and maintain online profiles (e.g. Google Scholar, ResearchGate, Academia).
  2.  Use persistent identifiers (e.g. ORCID, Researcher ID in Publons, DOIs) to disambiguate yourself as an author or to link to your work.
  3.  Publish in Open Access journals or choose Open Access options.
  4.  Use Creative Commons licenses for your work for re-use.
  5.  Self-archive pre- or post-prints to institutional repositories (SUNScholar).
  6.  Publish your data to data repositories (SUNScholarData).
  7.  Make social media engagement about your research a regular habit (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)
  8.  Engage your audience in meaningful conversations about the topics that you are interested in.
  9.  Connect with other researchers by means of academic network tools (ResearchGate, Mendeley, etc)
  10.  Appeal to various audiences via multiple publication types (academic articles, news items, blog posts, magazine articles)

It will be important to check in on your goals often, at least once in six months, or when you have published a new article.

Get help:
Marié Roux
Faculty Librarians
Research Commons Librarians

Library guide: Research Impact & Scholarly Profiles, University of California, Berkeley Library
Library guide: The Research Process: Improve your impact, Stellenbosch University 

Developing your digital researcher profile

This video might be helpful in developing your digital research profile. It’s been published by the Open Science MOOC.

Think of this as a way of creating an online CV for showcasing your research. It teaches four tools:

1. ORCID – A persistent identifier for you and your research.

2. ImpactStory – A place to document how your research has been shared and re-used online.

3. Publons – A place to document your peer review activities.

4. Open Science Framework – A place to openly collaborate on your research.

The Library can also assist with this and a few other tools to develop your digital online presence. Attend the workshop Increase your online research visibility on 8 May to find out more or contact the librarians at the Research Commons.

How important is ORCID author identifier?

If you are a researcher or an academic or planning to become one, you are going to need an ORCID identifier in the near future.

The Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) connects a researcher or academic to his or her research output and allows others to access your publications. ORCID streamlines the publication submission processes and improves discoverability. Increasingly, funders and publishers require ORCID in their application and submission processes. Since April 2017, the National Research Foundation (NRF) mandated the use of ORCID in all application processes.

Stellenbosch University is a member of ORCID and we have an integration where we store access to your iD. This will be used in future integrations that will be developed over time, for example with the Institutional Repository and the Knowledge Directory. Please read more about our integration and see the link where you can connect your iD with Stellenbosch University on our Library guide:

For further reading on important aspects and benefits of ORCID:

You are also very welcome to contact the Research Impact division or your faculty librarian for any assistance.

What is ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.

Why ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.