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A researcher profile, also know as your 'author' or 'scholarly' profile, is the publicly accessible profile of your professional and academic works and achievements. It allows for your research and information about your academic and professional career to become more visible, easier to find and more accessible.

Researcher profiles are increasingly becoming an essential component of an academic career and there are numerous types that can be created, many of which can can be interlinked. The following sections and pages detail why research profiles are so important, as well as how to create various types of researcher profiles, build them over time and enhance your visibility in the academic and professional world.

Why a Researcher Profile is Important

Your researcher profiles is important for a number of different reasons. These are;

  • To promote research and teaching activities
  • To improve your chance of being cited
  • To ensure correct attribution
  • To guarantee credit in research assessments
  • To find new collaborators
  • To find new funding sources
  • To increase your employment opportunities
  • To increase the dissemination and impact of your research, both inside and outside the academic industry

The Key Tools

  • University profiles: QUT staff profiles
  • Unique Author IDs: ORCID, ResearcherID
  • Search engines: Google Scholar, Scopus
  • Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs
  • Communities:, ResearchGate
  • Reference sharing: Mendeley, Endnote
  • Dissemination: QUT ePrints, The Conversation, your email signature



Links to Extra Information on Researcher Profiles

Here are some links to additional information on what researcher profiles tools are out there, the use of social media for collaboration and engagement and a digital identity health check for academics.