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Researcher Identity & Impact

This guide is designed to assist you with expanding the impact of your research by developing your researcher profile and explaining how metrics work.

Researcher identity basics

In today's digital age, establishing and maintaining your digital identity as a researcher is crucial for promoting and increasing the impact of your work. Some essential aspects of your digital presence include:

  • Author/Researcher profiles – unified name, professional affiliation, publications and interests;
  • Metrics and Impact of your work;
  • Citations;

Benefits of managing your researcher identity

Managing your digital researcher identity will help you increase your:

  • Visibility - increased visibility and discoverability of your publications within the academic community and beyond;
  • Recognition – correct attribution of your work; avoiding confusion in terms of authorship;
  • Impact – highlighting the impact and influence of your work; providing tangible evidence of your contribution;
  • Networking – facilitates opportunities for exploring collaborative projects, connecting with colleagues, and sharing insights;
  • Career Development opportunities - showcasing your work, expertise, and achievements to potential employers, funding agencies, and academic institutions;


Start with building your researcher identity in some of the most common used researcher profile systems, such as: Scopus Author IDWeb of Science Researcher ID and Google Scholar Profile.

Sources used in creating this LibGuide: 

Roemer, R. C., & Borchardt, R. (2015). Meaningful metrics: A 21st century librarian's guide to bibliometrics, altmetrics, and research impact. American Library Association. 

Research Impact [LibGiude]. American College of Greece. Accessed March 11, 2024.