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Science - Postgraduates & Research Support: Researcher Visibility

A library research support guide for the Faculty of Science postgraduates and researchers at the University of Johannesburg.

Google Scholar Ranking

Google Scholar Metrics

Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Scholar Metrics summarize recent citations to many publications, to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research.

Create your Google Scholar Citation Profile



Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can easily organise your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere.

Unigue Author Identifier

In the context of research, unique author identifiers are one way to solve the problem of author ambiguity. Being able to consistently and accurately identify the author of a piece of research is valuable for researchers (because it means you can quickly find other work by the same author and ensure your own work is linked to you) and for administrators and librarians (because it’s vital to be able to manage and report on the research your institution has produced). (Source)

Several unique author identifiers have been developed to address this issue in recent years, but the three main ones are:

  • ORCID (developed by ORCID Inc., which is a non-profit, community-driven organisation, based in the USA but with international membership).
  • Scopus Author ID (developed by Elsevier and used in Scopus and related products); 
  • ResearcherID (developed by Thomson Reuters and used in Web of Science and related products);
  • Google Scholar Author Profile provides a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics

Find out why is important as a researcher to have unique author identifiers and how to create them




LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with more than 400 million members in 200 countries and territories around the globe. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.

Research Gate

Research Gate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. ResearchGate's mission is to accelerate scientific discovery by enabling scientists to share success, failures, and best practices across disciplines. (Source)

Academia is the easiest way to share papers with millions of people across the world for free. A recent study found that papers uploaded to Academia receive a 73% boost in citations over 5 years.

Social Networking Tools

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them

Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets". Registered users can read and post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them