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Enhancing Your Scholarly Profile Online: 3-Day Challenge

Research guide created for workshop on enhancing scholarly profiles

3-Day Challenge

Create a Google Scholar Profile and/or ORCID account; Track citations and shares; Increase your reach through Open Access

What is better than a 3-step challenge? Use this model to begin enhancing your scholarly profile in less than a week. Once you've done that, check out the Duquesne University 5-Day Impact Challenge for more ideas!


Day 1: Create a Google Scholar Profile and/or ORCID account

Google Scholar

Creating a Google Scholar Profile offers several benefits:

  • Collect your work in one place for other researchers to find

  • Track citations of your work automatically

  • Show up as the first result in searches for your name

  • Allow users to "Follow" you and receive notifications of your new publications

Click the tab above to begin creating your Google Scholar Profile.


There are several reasons to sign up for an ORCID identifier, even if you've also created a Google Scholar Profile:

  • Differentiate yourself from other researchers with the same or similar names

  • Collect works published under different names

  • Provide your ORCID id to funders and publishers when required

  • Create an online CV

Click the tab above to begin creating your ORCID id.

In addition to providing a academic search platform, Google Scholar allows you to showcase your papers and the citations they’ve received. Google Scholar also calculates a platform-dependent h-index, which many researchers love to track (for better or for worse).

In today’s challenge, we’re going to get you to use Google Scholar, so you can up your scholarly SEO (search engine optimization, aka “googleability”), more easily share your publications with new readers, and discover new citations to your work.

Head to  and click the “My Profile” link at the top of the page to get your account setup started. You can follow these step-by-step instructions if you need a hand (in particular, don't forget Step 3: Make your profile public!):

ORCID was founded in 2012 as a non-profit organization comprised of publishers, funders, and institutions like Nature Publishing Group, Wellcome Trust, and Cornell University. Over 1 million researchers have ORCID IDs so far, and the number continues to grow.

Setting up your ORCID profile will help you claim your correct, complete publication record. In this challenge, you’re going to claim your ORCID ID so you can automate the collection of your work and related metrics in a future challenge.

Get started by heading to and checking out our step-by-step instructions.

Day 2: Track citations and shares

Why get involved in attempting to raise your profile online?

In today’s challenge, we’ll set the stage for the benefits of making your work discoverable online. Google Scholar and ORCID work to point readers to your work so that they can not only read it, but also share it, discuss it, and cite it. Let's dive in to methods for tracking when those conversations happen.

Click this link for step-by-step instructions for tracking shares and citations to your work. If you really want an in-depth look at where and how your scholarship is making the rounds, you can also meet with librarian faculty. Find your librarian liaison and schedule an appointment.

Day 3: Increase your reach through Open Access

You've heard about the benefits of collecting your work using online scholarly profiles and tracking how people are engaging with your work. But how can you make sure that your work reaches as many people as possible?

Good news! Making your work available Open Access (OA) through OA journals and online repositories is a great way to increase the discoverability of your work. It has the added advantage of getting you more citations, views, Mendeley readers and Twitter mentions. What’s not to love about that?

In today’s challenge, we’ll discuss some advantages to publishing your work Open Access, share tips on how to publish OA, and introduce you to some open access repositories where you can make your work available OA. See our step-by-step guide for instructions.