Some platforms encourage users to create an online profile. Managing an online profile allows users to control and manage the information available about them ensuring that others discover accurate and up-to-date information.
To varying degrees, these profiles can store and even automate the collection of metrics. Below is a comparison of some of the most widely used tools. You can learn more about the specific tools, and how to set up a profile by clicking the appropriate tab below. If you have any questions about the tools, please contact your subject liaison.
|Google Scholar||Impact Story||Mendeley||Research Gate||Academia.edu|
|Biography||No, but it allows for affiliations and research interests||No, but it will pull title/affiliations from your ORCID profile||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Linked Publications||Yes||Yes, if added to your ORCID account||Yes||Possible||Possible|
|Adding (semi) automatic publications||Yes, but it is not always accurate||Yes, if added to your ORCID account||Yes, through search engines and RIS or BibTeX files when they are available||Yes, via PubMed, IEEE, Cite Seer, and BMC||Yes, via Crossref, Microsoft AS, PubMed, and ArVix|
|Metrics Available||Total number of citations, h-index, i10-index||A variety of altmetrics||Publication counts, Citations, Views, and Readers||Reads, Citations count, Profile Views, and h-index||Document and page views|
Setting Up Profiles
Research Gate is designed to be an online research community and functions as a social network for researchers. Users can share updates about their research and full papers, and they can follow others to receive updates about their works. In addition to reads, citation counts, profile views, and h-index, Research Gate has its own metric called RG score. As it is created by a propriety algorithm, it is not clear how this number is generated; therefore, it should be used only cautiously.
Like Research Gate, Academia.edu is designed to be an online research community with a social network component. You can upload papers and follow other scholars. Before uploading any of your papers, please ensure that you have permission to do so. Academia.edu does not offer traditional metrics but does show document and page views. Please note: Although the site has an .edu domain, it is not associated with an educational institution.