Academic Profiles

Profiles can be created on a large number of internet platforms. In addition to your personal goal, you should take into account on which platform your research community is actively engaged when choosing a social network.

Publication List

The complete publication list can be compiled and presented in one place. Often, further information, e.g. an academic curriculum vitae, can be provided. Scientists also receive their own unique identifier at ORCID, Scopus, Web of Science or Google.

Reasons to Create a Profile

  • Unique identifiability: An academic profile helps to distinguish publications from authors with the same name. But also vice versa, people whose name has changed, e.g. due to marriage, divorce, etc., can merge their own publications. Likewise, this can be useful for names with different spellings.
  • Increased visibility: presentation of one's own achievements and publications.


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique identifier for scientists. It enables networking via links to publications, research data and scientific activities. After registering your ORCID ID, additional information on your education, previous employers, funding and also publications can be added. Select whether your publications are freely accessible on the internet or not. Registering papers can be done manually, but there are also automated offers. The CrossRef Metadata Search is a useful tool to search for all publications with DOI.

Your own ORCID profile can be linked with data from Scopus and Web of Science.

Instructions for linking author profiles (German only)

Google Profile

A Google account is required to create a Google profile. When compiling all of your publications, Google will suggest a number of publications from which your personanal ones can be selected.

After set up, the profile becomes searchable in Google Scholar. Its name will be linked to your profile in the list of your publications. Also, bibliometric data such as h-index or the number of citations will be displayed in your Google profile.

Scopus ID

Certain databases offer options to create a profile there. Interdisciplinary databases are Scopus (Scopus ID) and Web of Science (ResearcherID). Of these two, Scopus profiles are created automatically with the option to report corrections. Both databases offer an analysis tool that compiles bibliographic and bibliometric data or co-authors of publications.

To enrich the personal profile with publications, data synchronization to ORCID can be set up in Scopus, so that all publications are listed there.

Instructions for linking author profiles (German only)

Focus on Scientific Exchange

Social networks can aid you in advertising and discussing publication and finding collaborators. Registration usually requires the e-mail address of a research institute, e.g. a university.


ResearchGate is heavily used in medicine and biology and offers the capabilities described above. In addition, you can search for collaborators and follow your areas of interest or other members.

Other social networks


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