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Your Researcher Profiles

A researcher profile identifies an individual researcher and their work, usually listing a selection of their publications, other research activities, and sometimes further information such as their h-index.

You will probably have more than one researcher profile; some are created for you (e.g. Massey Expertise, Scopus) and some you need to create yourself (e.g. ORCID, Google Scholar). This checklist helps you with updating your various profiles  Researcher Profiles Checklist (223 KB)

Researcher profiles, in order of relevance and usefulness to Massey University researchers:

  1. Massey University Expertise Database and Symplectic
    All Massey researchers are automatically given a researcher profile through the Massey Expertise Database; if you Google your name followed by the word Massey, this profile will generally be the first link in the list of results.
    • All the publications you have entered into Symplectic are listed under the Research Outputs heading on your profile (unless you have marked them 'confidential')
    • If you deposit the full text of any of your publications into Massey Research Online your profile will provide links to these publications as appropriate (and where copyright allows)
    • The Massey Expertise Database may include altmetrics:

      Altmetrics in the Massey Expertise Database

    Emphasising that you are from Massey University isn't just good for the University; when people search Google for your name, your Massey profile helps distinguish you from all the other people who might share your name.

  2. ORCiD Record and Identifier
    Massey has an institutional subscription to ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) and it’s recommended that you create an ORCiD ID.  This will give you a unique number enabling permanent, unambiguous links between you and your work.  ORCiD is not specific to any resource/database or institution.

    View the Library's webinar ORCiD and the New Zealand ORCiD Hub:


    Journals are increasingly asking for ORCiD IDs as part of the article-submission process, and databases like Scopus can use your ORCiD ID to bring all of your publications together under one author identifier. 

     1: To create and manage your ORCiD ID:
    • Connect to ORCiD
    • Follow the instructions to register
     2: To then verify your Massey University employment for your ORCiD profile:
    • Go to NZ ORCiD Hub and log in at the top right
    • Then use Login via Tuakiri
    • Select Massey University then click Submit
     3: You can link your ORCiD ID to Symplectic; see this tutorial. In the future, this will allow adding publications from Symplectic to ORCiD.
  3. Scopus Author Identifier
    If you have any publications (articles, book chapters, or books) listed in Scopus, you will automatically have a Scopus Author Identifier. You can see your identifier by clicking on your name from any Scopus record for one of your publications.

    Each Author Identifier has a unique identifying number (ID) and includes your institutional affiliation based on the address of your most recent publication. Viewers can see a summary of all your publications listed in Scopus, along with the number of times each publication has been cited and an h-index based on these citations.

    Scopus Author Identifiers are prone to errors:
    • Documents may be attributed to the wrong author
    • An individual may be assigned more than one author identifier
    • Institutional affiliations may be incorrect
    Check your Scopus Author Identifier regularly, particularly when your new publications appear in Scopus. Has Scopus correctly identified and combined all of your works in the database into your profile, or has it assigned some of them to other people? If you use your ORCID ID when you publish, Scopus will find it easier to keep all of your publications together in one set.

  4. Google Scholar Profile
    You can create your own Google Scholar profile and claim your publications listed on Google Scholar. This may give you and your publications higher visibility.

    Create your profile by:
    • connecting to Google Scholar
    • Clicking on My profile (at the top of the screen)
    • Logging in using your Google account (or create a new account if you don't already have one)
    You can then set up your profile, find and claim your publications, and keep your profile updated. When you create your profile, other researchers can use it to view your documents and their metrics.

  5. Researcher-id
    Web of Science offers ResearcherID as a way of collating your publications under one profile.

  6. ResearchGate and Academia.edu
    Many researchers use scholarly social networks such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu to:
    • create profiles
    • link to publications
    • interact with other researchers
    If you choose to upload documents to these networks you must respect publishers' copyright rights and Massey University licensing restrictions. One way to do this is to include your email address rather than uploading full text articles. That way you can connect directly with anyone interested in your work.