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Increase your visibility as a researcher

Being a visible researcher online helps raise the visibility of your publications and other research results, thus increasing the potential of being downloaded and cited. Here are some tips and tools on how to do it.

6 ways to increase your visibility online

1. Update your academic profile page on

All HINN employees have a profile webpage. This site is likely to be a top hit when people google your name, so please use this webpage to introduce yourself.

It is adviced to use an updated professional photo (headshot). You should write a short research statement and link to your publications in Cristin. You can even highlight a couple of research publications and your societal collaboration. You can also link to other academic profiles and your ORCID.

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2. Get an ORCID

We recommend that researchers use ORCID. It is a non-profit organisation focusing on privacy, researcher control and transparency. Get your ORCID for free at

ORCID is a unique researcher ID and an international standard to help researchers to maintain their scholarly identity.  You might share a name with other, similarly named researchers, or you might have changed your name at some point during your career. ORCID makes name disambiguation easy.

It can be included in your publications when publishing or publications can be added to it later.

3. Create an academic profile in Google Scholar

Google Scholar is the most popular academic search engine. Creating a Google Scholar profile is a good way of collating your publications (and citations to them) so that others can find your work. If you create a Google Scholar profile, your profile will come high up the page rankings if people are searching for your work.

You'll need a Google account before you can begin - use your existing account or create one. Log on to and click the “My Profile”. Add your affiliation information and HINN-email address, and setup you basic profile.

You should also add publications to it. Google Scholar will provide you with articles they think belong to you. Select any that is your work. If you don’t see your articles, click "Search articles" to do a search, and add your articles one at a time. Add a photo by clicking your avatar next to your name, and set your private profile to “Public.”

4. Strategic publishing

When you publish your work, it is natural to select the journal where your research findings will have greatest impact. There are choices you can make which may increase the chances of your work being found:

5. Be visible and active on academic social networks

You can make an academic profile in ResearchGate or Academia or other sites, where you can share publications and links to your datasets. You can also monitor your own academic impacts (downloads and citations).

If you upload any publication, please make sure that the journal/publisher where you originally published allows you to do so. If you’re in doubt, please contact the Library. If you upload your articles in an institutional repository the Library makes sure you don’t violate any copyright law, and you can link to these articles.

In Publons you can for instance register and verify your peer reviews and your journal editing history.

6. Share your research data with others

You should also make your research data open if possible. The Inland University College has a service for researchers called Dataverse (INN Open Research Data).

Read more about how to share your data