This guide is for faculty, students, and staff wanting to learn about how to distinguish themselves academically or professionally online. A few rules of thumb:
The underlying understanding in the above rules is that you do not need to be on every site. Be strategic!
This guide provides:
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Why do you want to develop an online presence? What are your concerns?
Issues to consider prior to choosing tools:
|What are your goals?||What are your concerns?|
|Other goals not listed above?||Anything else? It's personal!|
Once you have answered the questions above you are ready to consider the tools. Take a look at the grid below.
The grid below compares online presence tools popular among academics, students, and professionals. These tools can be used to uniquely identify you, develop a personal brand, share publication information, recruit or be recruited, gathering citation metrics and download counts, find collaborators, find funding, and more. Brief descriptions of services are included below the grid, in the PDF version linked below.
ORCID is highly recommended for name disambiguation among academic researchers.