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Having and maintaining an online presence using both researcher ids and academic social networks has numerous benefits for researchers.
Benefits to Researchers
1. Impact - Researchers are able to calculate and track a variety of citation based metrics, including h-index, i10 index etc. View the Measuring Research Impact LibGuide for further guidance in this area.
2. Identify - Make your individual achievements more visible and minimise the risk of your publications being wrongly attributed to someone else, especially if you have a common name
3. Compliance - meet journal submission requirements by including identifiers, such as an ORCID
4. Networking - Build your professional network through connecting with researchers around the globe who share similar interests and explore opportunities for collaboration
To maximise your online prescence, it is recommended that Aston researchers join and regularly maintain accounts for the following systems:
Social Networks for Researchers
Joining a networking platform for researchers enables your publications to reach a wider audience, allows you to interact with researchers who share the same interests as you and potentially the development of future collaborations.