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Getting Yourself Known: Home

A quick guide to introduce you to ways of raising your profile.


This guide covers these aspects of getting yourself known, i.e. enhancing your research profile:

  • Online academic networks
  • Open access
  • Journal impact factors 
  • Getting ISBNs and ISSNs for your publications

Online academic networks

You may wish to enhance your research profile by joining an online academic network, i.e. a social networking site with a scholarly focus.

Academic social networking websites are free tools which enable academics and students within and across institutions to connect with each other in a shared research area, to share ideas, citations and documents, and to work collaboratively.

They are more specialized in focus than the familiar Facebook; for example, is aimed at the academic community, while LinkedIn is an international business and career orientated social networking site.

Note that their usefulness depends on the size and quality of the user base, and be aware that they can change in popularity and use: some decline or disappear altogether, while others are available long term and increase their membership. 

The following sections provide more information about some specific academic networks.
  • over 40 million members.
  • create a profile, showing your institutional affiliation(s), research interests, CV etc.
  • upload links to your work and research.
  • blog.
  • post status updates.
  • follow others' work.



  • over 9 million members in 193 countries.
  • for scientists.
  • share publications.
  • connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and specialists in your field.
  • ask questions.
  • find solutions to research problems.
  • obtain statistics on who has been reading and citing your work.


H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences online:
  • an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers.
  • aims to advance teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • co-ordinates 200 free interactive networks edited by scholars around the world; many are co-sponsored by a professional society.
  • more than 100,000 subscribers in over 90 countries.
  • communicate current research and teaching interests.
  • discuss new approaches, methods and tools.
  • share information on internet resources, books, and articles
  • test new ideas and share comments.

JISCM@il discussion lists

JISCM@il discussion lists:
  • email discussion lists for education and research communities in the UK and worldwide.
  • 1.5 million+ subscribers.
  • discuss your work.
  • ask questions.
  • share news.
  • collaborate on projects and publications.
  • announce conferences and arrange meetings.
  • keep in touch with subject colleagues.
  • funded by Jisc, a charity which champions the use of digital technologies in UK education and research.


  • free reference manager and academic social network.
  • over 4.6 million users.
  • public and private groups; around 107,000 public groups.
  • import papers from other research software.
  • search and sort your references, documents and notes.
  • automatically generate citations and bibliographies.
  • share and collaborate with other researchers:
    • publicly or privately share bibliographies, references or full-text articles.
    • create groups to collaborate on research, share feedback and write papers.
  • showcase your published research.
  • connect with colleagues and peers to follow their research output.