Research Visibility & Altmetrics: Research Visibility

Unique author ID resources



ORCID is an effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.

Helsinki University Library provides ORCID support. You can enter your ORCID into your personal TUHAT info.

ORCID allows and encourages you to link your ORCID record to other identifiers, e.g. Scopus Author ID, or to link to ORCID from your ResearcherID record. This will synchronises publication data with the ORCID record. The ORCID web site maintains a list of institutions and organizations with established ORCID programs in place or in progress.


Web of Science ResearcherID is a unique identifier for researchers on Publons. It  is ORCID compliant, allowing you to claim and showcase your publications from a single one account.

Scopus also gives authors a Scopus Author ID, but you cannot create it yourself.



Services for Popularization of Science

In recent years a number of commercial companies have been established which offer services for popularizing science for a fee. Peer reviewed articles are simplified and copy-edited to flashy short texts which are published in websites or special journals. For a fee the researcher gets a popularized version of one's article which can be distributed. These companies include  Research OutreachScientia GlobalInnovation News NetworkIntech Open and Open Access Government. We would not recommend the latter three, but basically it is up to the researcher whether or not to use them. The library cannot support publishing with these companies. It is important to acknowledge that these publishers can be either predatory or non-predatory publishers. 

Sometimes requests are also received by researchers of re-publishing their articles distributed with CC BY -license. For example, a company might ask whether the researcher would like to publish one's article in a theme-based article collection and pay a fee for that purpose. In the same way the researcher can consider whether this is useful, but the library cannot support this kind of publishing - in many cases the article fee has already been paid by the library.

A compable service to these publishing services is Researchpod which scripts scientific articles to a short form and makes them into podcasts which are broadcasted online for a fee. The service seems to be functional, but it is up to the researcher whether to accept or reject the offers emailed to them. The library has no funds to support this kind of reuse of scientific articles. 

Improve your academic visibility

The enormous increase in the number of publications in any field means that it is more difficult for a researcher to keep track of recent publications. For an author it means that it is more important to make you, as an author, stand out from the rest, and give your publications more visibility so they won’t be overlooked. Here are some tips on how to do it.

  • Archive your articles to Tuhat so that they are available in the open digital repository Helda of University of Helsinki or use the library's Self-archiving service. Use Sherpa/Romeo to check which version is allowed for self-archiving.
  • Always use the same name version consistently throughout your career
  • In addition, register for an ORCID and/or ResearcherID (persistent identifier) in order to be more easily indentified
  • Use the persistant identifier link (DOI, URN) to your articles in social media, as it will improve your impact
  • Use a standardised institutional affiliation and address
  • Create a Google Scholar author-profile
  • Join social networks for researchers, e.g. ResearchGate,, LinkedIn. Link your profiles to each other!
  • When you self-archive your articles, be sure to tag your paper with keywords and subject classifications, so they can be found better. Mere title is not enough!
  • Utilize social bookmarking with Mendeley, Zotero or CiteULike
  • Collaborate with researchers in other institutions
  • Consider communicating information about your research via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks
  • Create a blog where you can showcase your research
  • Create an account in Publons where you can credit not only of publications, but also of peer review and editorial work!
  • Respond to any feedback you may get!

There is also a service, titled Kudos, to showcase your research, recommended to researchers at University of Helsinki.Click the image below to start using it.

Social networks for researchers is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Research Gate is a network designed to help scientists and researchers collaborate, exchange ideas, and stay up to date with the latest developments in their field.


Van Noorden, R. (2014). Online Collabration: Scientists and the Social Network. Nature, 512(7513).

Pros and cons of Social Networks for Researchers (, Research Gate)


  • More visibility when you have several profiles in different services and archive your articles in several places. However, remember that self-archiving to Tuhat/Helda comes first!
  • Interactive features, such as following one’s colleagues getting followed by them, discussion opportunities, possibility for feedback etc. 
  • Possibility to comment on article drafts


  • The academic social networks are not open access repositories - one has to register in order to download the articles unlike in non-commercial open repositories, such as Helda
  • The Social network services are commercial enterprises which may change without warning, especially if they are bought by some big company. Ads are featured and you will be sent spam all the time
  • When you upload your article to these services, you are not given the possibility to determine the subsequent use of your articles with licenses and they are not given persistent identifiers. The statistical information may be misleading

A tip to increase visibility of your research

  • Upload your article to a non-commercial open repository, such as Helda (through self-archiving to Tuhat) or Zenodo. These are genuinely open repositories which do not require registering to the service.
  • Note that one cannot in most cases self-archive the final publisher's version either to the commercial social networks or the non-commercial repositories. Use Sherpa/Romeo to check which version is allowed for self-archiving

Tuhat Research Portal

Google Scholar author Profile

A Google Scholar Profile allows you to:

  • Keep track of your impact according to Google Scholar using h-index and i10-index
  • See who is citing your publications
  • Get personalized article recommendations, based on your research theme
  • Authorize Google to update your articles automatically or choose to update manually
  • Have your profile included in Google Scholar search results

A Google account is required to create an author profile.

i10-index is the number of publications with at least 10 citations.

Some Google scholar author profiles from UH

Some Google Scholar author profiles of UH researchers:

City center campus

Kumpula campus

Meilahti campus

Viikki campus