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Biological Sciences Libraries Research Skills Series: Looking after your online presence as a researcher

Looking after your online presence as a researcher

Session resources

Set up a Google Scholar profile to stand out in academic results

For more information about the limitations of the H-index, check out this Nature Index article featuring the H-index's creator. Also read more about why the University of Cambridge signed the DORA declaration which encourages, among other things, reducing reliance on metrics to assess quality of research. 

Find out more about the benefits of having an ORCID for you as a researcher

Check out this quick gif which shows how to integrate your ORCID with your Symplectic Elements profile. Not sure what Symplectic Elements is? Find out more information about Symplectic Elements from the Research Strategy Office.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries offers an interesting in-depth look at how sites like academia.edu and ResearchGate operate, as well as what you should look out for when keeping safe online.

If you want to get started with Twitter, check out this fab open access paper 'Ten simple rules for getting started on Twitter as a scientist' for some useful tips, as well as a bit of a breakdown of the various functions of the platform

If you want to explore using YouTube as a scientist, you can check out some examples of great science communication, read about using YouTube to explain complex science, or understand how using YouTube can help dispel misinformation in science. 

We mentioned how initiatives like 'Dance Your PhD' are popular on YouTube. We quite liked this winning entry from 2019 all about social experiences in larval zebrafish!

If you are interested in communicating your research to the media, or are having media enquiries about your work, get in touch with the University's Communications Team for support and advice. There is a dedicated contact with each School too!


You can get a lot of the information covered in the session in a quick three-minute video that we made earlier! Check out our YouTube channel for more useful content. 

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Need to talk to someone about your research?

Email the Biological Sciences Libraries Team to set up a time that fits your needs: sbslibraries@lib.cam.ac.uk

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