Skip to Main Content

Using Social Media for Research Purposes - a guide. Version 2.0

How to use social media tools for further your research.

Your Identity

Managing your researcher identity online.

Managing your identify means using one of a few web based systems to create an alpha numeric tag that uniquely identifies you. This tag links your biographical data to your publications. The benefit to you of identity software is that your can maintain your information in one place and share that data with other systems without having to input it each time it is needed, just by giving your tag or unique ID. For example: 

publishers can drawn down your data for their article submission and publication systems;

your data can be shared with university repositories, research funders online application systems and research assessment systems;

these systems can feed back to your profile enhanced bibliographic data when you publish anything or are successful in a research application.

Which system should you use?

ORCID This system works with major publisher and academic systems and it's easy to register. You get aORCiDprivate page and control over what data is exchanged and is seen on your public profile. See example [ ].

ResearcherID ResearcherID is from Thomson Reuters [ ]Researcher ID and ORCiD can work together to exchange data if you have both ID's. See an example here [ ].

Scopus ID Scopus ID which is preassigned by Scopus to published authors. You can't self registerSee and example here [ ]. Your are able to correct and update the information attached to your Scopus ID, by contacting Scopus with Updates.


Johnson, R., 2016. Maintaining an Online Scholarly Identity. Available from:[Accessed 29 March 2016].

Utrect University Library. 2016. Researcher Profiles. Available from: [Accessed 26 March 2016].