There are many online services that can help you document and share your scholarly activities like publications and presentations on the web. While many of the most popular services do not require coding, they typically require frequent maintenance to make that your scholarly record is up-to-date.

Several years ago, a mentor informed me that he had searched for me online and it appeared that I hadn’t published anything.  He commented that if someone googles an academic it should be simple for the searcher to see on one website all of my publications.

Experiences with Google Scholar & ORCID

Based on this mentor’s feedback, I created a profile in Google Scholar Author Profiles and ORCID. To my surprise, creating profiles on both sites was not challenging.  Both services enable users to import your citations or records from a variety of citation management tools which saves time from manually typing in each entry I spent the most amount of time on these tasks locating each scholarly record and adding it to the profile, but in the end, seeing it all come together was well worth the time it took to do so. Similarly, Monica shared with me that she had a very similar experience setting up her Google Scholar and ORCID profiles, commenting that it took her nearly an entire Saturday to set those up. . That is not much time when creating a profile that highlights all of your scholarly accomplishments that is visually appealing, shareable, and filterable without knowing how to code.

Once you import your citations from all the various citation management tools, Google Scholar Author Profiles automatically updates your profile with new content, however, you must by diligent about maintaining and reviewing it.  There are times where someone’s work who has a similar name can show up in your Google Scholar Author Profiles.  Alternatively, in ORCID, you must be signed in to manually add content, so random works won’t show up in your profile, but without spending the time to update it then you are not giving an accurate description of yourself, i.e. you are not marketing yourself well.

Benefits of Google Scholar and ORCID

I have found there to be many benefits to creating and maintaining a profile in Google Scholar Author Profiles and ORCID. The benefits of creating a profile in Google Scholar Author Profiles and ORCID include:

  1. Improves branding
  2.  Increases networking opportunities
  3. Tracks scholarly work in one place
  4. No coding skills required

Google Scholar Author Profiles and ORCID each have their pros and cons.  Neither service actually serves as a replacement to an academic portfolio, but there were not intended to do so. Below is a list of pros and cons for Google Scholar Author Profiles and ORCID.

Google Scholar vs. ORCID: Pros & Cons

Google Scholar Author Profiles

Pros:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to filter
  • Doesn’t require coding
  • Calculates scholarly impact automatically
  • Allows you to add co-author/co-presenters

Cons:

  • Visually unappealing
  • Tracks only publications and presentations
  • Challenging to share
  • Not consistent name identification
  • Isn’t a replacement for an academic portfolio

Below is a preview video of my Google Scholar profile

ORCID

Pros:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Can change visibility settings to private or public
  • Tracks a variety of scholarly activity such as:
    • Funding
    • Scholarship
    • Employment
  • Doesn’t require coding
  • Allows you to create alias names
  • Visually appealing
  • Links to scholarly work with a unique identification number
  • Consistent name identification

Cons:

  • Requires effort to maintain
  • Cannot filter
  • Works can be claimed by other people
  • Not everything can be found, so you required to manually input works
  • Isn’t a replacement for an academic portfolio

Below is a preview video of my ORCID profile

I review the content in my profiles in both Google Scholar Author Profiles and ORCID on a monthly basis.  Without analytics showing me who visits my profile on each service, I find myself updating the ORCID profile manually more frequently than I update my profile Google Scholar Author Profile because I find ORCID to be visually more appealing. In ORCID, I can highlight more accomplishments (education, funding, scholarship, co-authors) which I can’t do Google Scholar Author Profile.

I find neither Google Scholar Author Profiles nor ORCID works for what I want in an academic portfolio. However, it does help me to be relevant and visible than and keeping an academic portfolio in a Microsoft Word document, that is not that dissimilar to maintain a CV or resume in a Microsoft Word document.

Google Scholar vs. ORCID vs. Traditional CVs

Google Scholar Author Profiles & ORCID

Pros:

  • Visible on the Web
  • Ability to share with permission
  • Increase the possibility of networking
  • Visually appealing
  • Doesn’t require special coding skills

Cons:

  • Can’t be used an academic portfolio on its own
  • You have to maintain profiles on multiples services

Traditional Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Pros:

  • No statistics or dashboard
  • Doesn’t require special coding skills

Cons:

  • Need coding skills to display on the web
  • Challenging to share
  • Not visually appealing

Summary

Ultimately, I update both of my profiles in Google Scholar Author Profiles & ORCID as well as in my traditional curriculum vitae monthly.  Each service has enough benefits that make it worth my time to update on a regular basis. I have pulled content from Google Scholar Author Profiles, ORCID, and my CV and added the content I pulled to create my academic portfolio when I apply for a job, for a promotion, or for a service position.

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