Advice on your online identity and sharing your work

Create an online identity

Maybe your career just started or you can be a well-established researcher, in either case, building an online presence is important.

In a recent blog post, Clarivate Analytics gives some advices on how to build your online researcher identity and increase your impact. Some of them are no-brainers like using your institution’s resources or presenting your work at conferences. Clarivate Analytics also encourage you to create and update your online profile. Publons, a Clarivate Analytics website, but other solutions exist, like Google Scholar; already use by some HEC Researchers.

Another advice is to create a unique identifier; we wrote an article on creating an ORCID. Other solutions are possible, like the Web of Science ResearcherID.

Sharing your work

After creating your online profile and personal identifier, the best way to be visible is to make your work easily accessible and citable. We encourage you to upload your research paper on SSRN, where HEC have a collection. We will be glad to help you if you have any questions regarding SSRN.

A good thing with SSRN: you can now share your data when you upload your paper. Your data will be citable and store on Mendeley. We wrote an article about it here.

Finally, social networks are also important and a great tool to share your work and connect with other researcher.

Do you want to know more?

Read the Clarivate Analytics blog post here.

This blog gives also advices on how to create and maintain your Google Scholar profile.

Upload your research paper’s data on Mendeley.

You can now upload your research data on Mendeley when you submit your paper on SSRN.

SSRN is a research paper repository specializing in social sciences, including economics, law, corporate governance, and humanities. It is a great way to share your work and read the work of other researchers.

Mendeley started as a reference manager and is now also an academic social network and a research data repository through Mendeley Data. SSRN and Mendeley are both edited by Elsevier.

Recently, SSRN added a feature to help researchers like you upload their research data on Mendeley while they post their research paper. Then, the data will be linked to the published paper and be citable so the researcher can receive credit if another researcher uses it.

If you are interested in this new feature, next time you log in, while you post your paper on SSRN, just click on Upload research data and you will be redirected to Mendeley Data.

It is a good opportunity to capitalize on your work. Letting other researchers accessyour data can help them validate your research and increase your own confidence in your work.

More information here:

One acronym to discover them all – How PIDs can help you for your research

Do you have a Persistent Identifier (or PID for short)?

You maybe use or heard about DOIs (digital object identifiers), an identifiers that can be used to find articles or journals and will always give access to the resource, unlike an URL that can break and sometimes lead to an error message. This type of identifiers exists also for a person.


You may have a homonym (even one in the same field of research than you) or you name can appear differently depending on the publisher or website. This can make difficult to attribute your work correctly. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) lets you create your own personal identifier that can be useful for two main reasons:

  • It improves the attribution and discoverability of your work
  • It is compatible with 71 publishers (including Elservier, Wiley, Taylor & Francis and Emerald) and help you with the article application

How to register

Creating an ORCID ID is free, easy and quick, just click here and follow the steps.

The ORCID ID is not the only personal identifier out there, e.g. Clarivate provide the possibility to create a Researcher ID. The good news is that you do not have to choose between them, if you already have a PID but wishes to create an ORCID ID you can easily link you two (or more) identifiers.

Open Access articles are available on Web of Science

Thanks to a new partnership between Clarivate and Impactstory, it is now possible to research and access to Open Access articles using Web of Science!

What’s is Web of Science?

Web of Science is a citation database that let you search for information about articles on a particular topic, or from a author, editor and even funding agency. You can create email alerts of you search and be informed when one of your article is cited.

What’s new on Web of Science?

Web of Science will now enable you to access Gold and Green Open Access journals and articles, it could be the Accepted Version Manuscript or the Published Version. With a preference to the publisher’s Gold version.

How can I do that?

The Library subscribe to the Web of Science, you can access it here.

Clarivate published a 5 minutes video on this subject, you can view it here:

Horizon 2020 and Open Access

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).
Here is a three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics:

Open access to scientific peer reviewed publications has been anchored as an underlying principle in the Horizon 2020 and is explained in the Regulation and the Rules of Participation as well as through the relevant provisions in the grant agreement (see Horizon 2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement, October 2015 with information about open access on the pages 216-219).

A new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs) detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. The use of a Data Management Plan is required for projects participating in the Open Research Data Pilot.

Ask the library to know more about the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 and the Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020.

Why you should manage your research data

JISC is publishing a new guide: “How and why you should manage your research data: a guide for researchers.An introduction to engaging with research data management processes.”
JISC is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions.
This guide provides an introduction to engaging with research data management processes and is dedicated to researchers and research data management support staff.

As for JISC, most of the activities involved are: naming files so you can find them quickly; keeping track of different versions, and deleting those not needed; backing up valuable data and controlling who has access to your data.

Research data life

Apart from this very interesting and useful guide, JISC recommends the following training programmes available online, mostly originating from Jisc funding:

  • Mantra – a free online course designed for researchers or others who manage digital data as part of a research project
  • TraD – includes a blended learning course for those in (or expecting to be in) research data management support roles
  • RDMRose – an open educational resource for information professionals on research data management

How do scholars share articles?

Sharing of scholarly articles is widespread and increasing. The Beyond Downloads project (Elsevier) looks at scholars’ sharing behavior and what download counts are missing to better measure the reach —and impact — of a library’s resources.
This is an example of the answer to the question:
Find out more responses from 1,000 faculty members, researchers and PhD/master’s students.

New feature on SSRN

scientistSSRN is releasing author photo and CV on Author Pages
As an author, you can now upload a photo or CV to your page by either:
– clicking Edit my Personal Information on your SSRN Author Page (if you are signed in or have a cookie stored on your computer) and scrolling to the bottom of the page
– signing in to, clicking the Personal Info link on the left menu and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
This feature could make it easier for our authors to connect, communicate and collaborate.
The library will be happy to help you on this feature and all other issues regarding SSRN: submitting, copyright, ranking…
Access the HEC Paper Research Series on SSRN

Forrester Playbooks provide integrated reports

ForresterForrester’s Playbook framework organizes Forrester research content and services with a lifecycle approach.

Each Playbook comprises an Executive Overview and 12 reports with integrated tools and templates. In addition to the core research, the Playbook experience can be customized with global data, peer communities, and analyst engagements:

  • Data-driven insights into changing behaviors
  • Collaboration with peers at other companies who are facing or have faced similar challenges.
  • Time with analysts through structured workshops, one-on-one advisory sessions, or deeper consulting support.

See here the list of available Playbooks

How does a playbook work? (video)


Example of a Playbook


Here is useful information on how to get access to Forrester (Library website)

Press and blog review

ReviewHere are press articles and blog posts you might be interested to read:

Elsevier stopped me doing my research
on Chris H.J. Hartgerink’s Notebook, November 16, 2015.
Chris H.J. Hartgerink presents himself as “a statistician interested in detecting potentially problematic research such as data fabrication, which results in unreliable findings and can harm policy-making, confound funding decisions, and hampers research progress.”

He explains that he has downloaded 30,000 items from the Psychology Elsevier ScienceDirect database to conduct searches on text mining but “Elsevier notified my university that this was a violation of the access contract, that this could be considered stealing of content.”
We recommend you read the comments at the end of the post, which deal with the Elsevier API vs the “normal web service” and which were posted by Elsevier representatives and other researchers.

Standing on the shoulders of the Google giant: Sustainable discovery and Google Scholar’s comprehensive coverage.
On LSE Impact Blog, November 19, 2015
Max Kemman,  PhD Candidate at the University of Luxembourg, looks at why Google Scholar is virtually unrivaled. The scholarly community might ask whether it is entirely desirable that Google plays such an important role in the scholarly workflow. Not only does Google Scholar have a known effect on discovery and citation of articles, it could well be shaping academic writing and evaluation.

New research features on!
On Mendeley Blog, November 3, 2015
Mendeley launches a tailored set of recommendations for each user who has a minimum threshold of documents in their library.

“On the new “Suggest” page you’ll be getting improved article suggestions, driven by four different recommendation algorithms to support different scientific needs:

  • Popular in your discipline – Shows you the seminal works, for all time, in your field
  • Trending in your discipline – Shows you what articles are popular right now in your discipline
  • Based on the last document in your library – Gives you articles similar to the one you just added
  • Based on all the documents in your library – Provides the most tailored set of recommended articles by comparing the contents of your library with the contents of all other users on Mendeley.”