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Humanities Commons

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

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What are Scholarly Profiles?

Scholarly profiles include both researcher profiles and researcher identifiers.
Researcher 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 researcher 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.

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

Google Scholar Citations is easy to set up and maintain. You can add groups of articles or one article at a time. You can easily delete articles that are not written by you. Your citation metrics are updated automatically. 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.

Web of Science ResearcherID

      Publons profiles are moving into the Web of Science in April 2022.
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 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 non-profit organization.  OSF Preprints

 Research Gate claims a community of 20 million researchers. 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 is 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 180 million registered users and 28 million papers freely available.


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Paula Carey
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Mary Foppiani
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Barbara Maratos
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Kate Silfen
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