Survey: How do you manage your academic profile?

Since ORCID’s launch, how are scholars changing the ways they manage their online records?

To take the survey, click on the image.
  • To take the survey, click on the image. The survey is being conducted as an independent research project by the authors of this article, who are involved in various scholarly communication initiatives. Mike Taylor is involved in the ORCID Registry in his role as technology research specialist for Elsevier Labs. Eleonora Dagienė is Director of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) Press and co-founder and president of the Association of Lithuanian Serials.

The explosion of connections in the research community – and the availability of more online profile management tools – are changing the ways we think about our online presence and the importance of how we present our careers and achievements online.

No longer do we have to rely upon personal connections to support our professional activities: our work can be found by anyone with an internet connection. How then, do we maintain our online profiles and our records? What do scholars think is worthwhile recording, and how much time do they spend maintaining their online presence. How are initiatives such as ORCID and ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier) affecting the way we manage our academic profiles. Should this be a personal responsibility, or should it be left to our institutions, our publishers or other agencies?

Early in 2012, we did an independent survey, contacting over 5,000 researchers to find out their attitudes towards identity management.

Now, we want to hear your views in the post-ORCID world.

The first survey yielded some interesting observations

  • Only 50 percent of researchers have an online profile.
  • Only a quarter of researchers who work for more than one institution have a complete record.
  • Individual profiles are fuller than institutional profiles. Individuals are more likely than institutions to record their reviewing activities, consultations, conference presentations, voluntary work with nonprofit agencies and editorial work. The only type of work recorded more frequently by institutions than individuals is patents, with respondents indicating that their institution records patents in 42 percent of databases compared with 21 percent of personal records
  • Three-quarters of researchers use a word-processing program to maintain their profile (as opposed to a database, spreadsheet or web service). Of the others who keep a record, 9 percent use a website and 21 percent use another type of software.

Our new survey is open to anyone involved in academia and can be found here. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. It will be open until through July 12, and we will publish the findings later this year. [note color="#f1f9fc" position="center" width=800 margin=10]

What is ORCID?

ORCID (the Open Researcher and Contributors ID repository) is an open, nonprofit, community-based effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. Researchers can register for a unique ID, which can be used by editors, funding agencies, publishers and institutions to reliably identify individuals in the same way that ISBNs and DOIs identify books and articles.

To register, researchers should visit the ORCID website,, where they can create a complete online record of their research and publications. This ORCID can be used as a linking identifier throughout the entire chain of the scholarly communication process to allow reliable attribution of research.[/note]


The Authors

Mike Taylor

Eleonora Dagienė

Mike Taylor (@herrison) has worked at Elsevier for 17 years, the past four as a technology research specialist for the Elsevier Labs group. In that role, he has been involved with the ORCID Registry. His other research interests include altmetrics, contributorship and author networks. Details of his research work can be found on the Elsevier Labs website. He is based in Oxford.

  • Eleonora Dagiene has been working on innovative academic publishing since 2006 when she was appointed as the Director of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) Press, which has since become the leading university press in the region. Dagiene is a co-founder and president of the Association of Lithuanian Serials, which was established in 2010. The association unites more than 100 scientific journal editors and institution representatives. Being well known both in Lithuania and abroad, the association organizes conferences, discussions and seminars on the topics relevant to the editors of scientific journals, such as scientific journals publication ethics, technology application in the publishing of scientific journals, research evaluation, altmetrics, data publishing and unique identifiers.

As an author of several scientific publications, Dagiene is a strong advocate of progressive scientific journals publishing. Her research interests are scholarly communication, scholarly publishing and scientometrics.

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G somerville November 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

it is too difficult to update a profile, so no one does it.