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Who Isn’t Profiting Off the Backs of Researchers?
Jon Tennant | 2017 | DISCOVER MAGAZINE

Humanities Commons

Humanities Commons is a nonprofit network where humanities scholars can create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work. The Humanities Commons network is open to anyone. All members can create and edit a Profile. Members can also deposit their publications to the CORE (Commons Open Repository Exchange), an open access repository for sharing, discovering, retrieving, and archiving digital work.

What are Scholarly Profiles?

Scholarly profiles include both researcher profiles and researcher identifiers.
Profiles allow authors to manage their activities and publications, to publicize their work and to network with others scholars.
Services like ORCiD use a unique identifier to ensure that publications and metrics are associated with the correct individual researcher.
Services like Google Scholar provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles, promote their research, display measures and metrics and find collaborators.

Authors should review the terms of commercial services especially concerning copyright.
It's important to know that you have the rights or permission to share an article before uploading to a commercial service.

Google Scholar


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. Public profiles appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.

Google Scholar Citations is easy to set up and maintain - even if you have written many articles, and your name is shared by other scholars. You can add groups of related articles or one article at a time. You can easily delete articles that are not written by you. Your citation metrics are updated automatically as Google Scholar finds new citations to your work on the web. You can choose to have your list of articles updated automatically or manually update your articles .  Help is available.

ORCiD ID and ORCiD Profile

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other author or researcher based on a profile you create. Your profile includes a complete list of your works. Your works can include 37 different types of research output (journal articles, presentations, datasets, conference papers etc).

If you have a common name or have published articles under variations of your name during your research career ORCiD solves these problems by assigning a unique identification number to each researcher. ORCiD numbers are used by publishers, repositories, professional associations, universities, funders and other research organizations. ORCiD is a non-profit organization and registration is free.




Publons tracks your publications, citation metrics, peer reviews, and journal editing work in a single profile.

  • All your publications, imported from Web of Science, ORCID, or your bibliographic reference manager
  • Citation metrics, automatically imported from the Web of Science Core Collection.
  • Author attribution, using your unique ResearcherID automatically added to the publications you claim in Web of Science.
  • Your peer review and journal editing history, collected from thousands of scholarly journals.
  • Downloadable record summarizing your scholarly impact as an author, editor and peer reviewer

More Profiles and related services

 Boston University School of Medicine Profiles.Find 3,300 faculty, postdocs, students and others by name,department, division or specific expertise and identify potential collaborators and mentors.



Open Science Framework is a scholarly commons designed to connect the entire research cycle. OSF is maintained and developed by the Center for Open Science (COS), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  OSF Preprints


 Research Gate claims 15 million plus members. Research Gate's mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all. Research Gate allows authors to: share publications, connect and collaborate with colleagues, get statistics and find out who's been reading and citing their work.
 is a platform for academics to share research papers.  Authors can also use to  monitor analytics and the impact of their research, and to track the research of academics they follow. claims over 159 million registered users and 22 million uploaded papers. is searchable by titles, author names, research interests and Institutions.


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