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Online Identity Management: Platforms & Profiles


Below are some examples of academics on the following platforms:

Porfiles and Platforms

Here are several different platforms to help establish your professional identity online.

Review a site for:

  • Stability
  • Interoperability/index-ability
  • The fine print, control of your data
  • Reports and analytics


Profile Platforms Cost Purpose Caveats
Google Scholar Free The Google Scholar profile is public and allows you to track the number of citations to your articles and calculate your citation metrics. Anyone can see the number of times your work has been cited as well as the scores assigned to it
ORCID Free (for individual researchers) ORCID is an cross-disciplinary service that creates and maintains a registry of unique researcher identifiers and then links research output to these identifiers. Different membership/subscription fees for organizations
UCSD Profiles Free Profiles Research Networking Software is available as an open source platform for institutions seeking a web-based means of facilitating collaboration among their academic researchers. This instance is for UCSD faculty only. Software can be used for other institutions.
Scripps Research Profiles Free Web sites for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego faculty and graduate students, including biographies, publications and research interests. Scripps Research Profiles is administered by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and powered by OpenScholar software.
Humanities Commons Free The scholarly network for for people working in the humanities developed by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Discover the latest open-access scholarship and teaching materials, make interdisciplinary connections, build a WordPress Web site, and increase the impact of your work by sharing it in the repository.
KNIT Free (UCSD only) A digital commons for UC San Diego, get started building websites, joining groups, and networking. It's a work in process.
ResearchGate Free (basic) ResearchGate is a social networking tool for scientists and researchers that provides the opportunity to connect and collaborate, make your research visible, and obtain stats and metrics. Very interactive, oriented towards collaboration and discovery Free (basic) The purpose of is to allow academics to share their research, monitor the impact of their research, and track the research of other academics they follow. Has one of the largest membership bases Free (basic) is a free blog web hosting service that allows your to track your popularity and that can be connected to other social networking websites. Will transfer blog from previous platform over for you, steeper learning curve than other blogging sites and upgrades available for a fee
LinkedIn Free (basic) LinkedIn is a social networking tool for professionals that is especially useful for promoting your image and finding out about potential employers/employees. Premium accounts available for a fee, the cheapest starting at $19.95/month Free (basic) allows you to create a public profile and personal webpage while also keeping all of your personal online identity links in one place. Simple to use and visually attractive. Completely free and is simple to use but is only a landing page that directs to other social networking profiles. Tends to generate a lot of spam.
Blogger Free Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows you to share your thoughts with the world and can also double as a personal webpage. A Google service that integrates Analytics access, custom domain name available for a fee