Building an online research profile

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This learning activity looks at how to build up an online reserch profile. It covers a sequence of steps from "Who are you?" and your research IDs, owning "Your papers and their journals" to developing "Your research showcase".

Research and research publications are key elements in continuing professional development (CPD) as part of the mix of learning and development activities we undertake to keep ourselves current in our practice.

Papers published in journals can be used by colleagues to support their evidence based practice. Posters and presentations seen and heard at a conferences can prompt ideas and developments at other organisations. In this way research is more than the publication of a piece of work it is about dissemination and its impact; for our CPD this is about how it benefits us and our patients.

Step 1 Who are you?

This is about you identifying your research as belonging to you. To take ownership the first step is to obtain a unique identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher with the same or a similar name. Go online and create an ORCID iD (

Step 2 Your papers and their journal(s)

Use your ORCID iD as you submit a manuscript. If you have recently submitted a paper to the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine you will have seen that ScholarOne Manuscripts ( asks for your ORCID iD and this carries through to checking its accuracy at the proofreading stage and its use as a small green logo in the title section of your publication and the full weblink at the end of the paper.

Step 3 Your research showcase

There are a number of web services that allow you to either pull together all of your publications into one page or that go beyond that to provide social networking and collaboration tools that link your research to other researchers with similar interests. These are similar to professional networks like LinkedIn but designed to researchers to share their publications and research in-progress. In fields where there are a small number of active researchers this enables your research and publications to be accessible to a wider audience.

On completion of this learning activity you will have:
  • Developed an online research profile
  • Understood how personal and research paper identifiers work online.  

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