Get organised with Researcher Profiles

As a researcher, there are many external services to have an account with, and all of them promise advantages, be it greater insights into your citations and impact, easier access to your grants and awards, or full overviews over your publishing history.

Generally, researcher profiles can greatly help increase your visibility, making it easier to connect with like-minded colleagues for future projects.

Watch this video to learn more about how researcher profiles are interconnected, and where metrics come in:

Researcher Profiles info graphic

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The graphic shows how a selection of systems that are most used at the University of Liverpool are connected: firstly, there’s the internal system Liverpool Elements, which feeds the repository and other internal profiles. It is at the top of a pyramid with two more systems, ORCID and Scopus, being shown underneath. All three systems, i.e. Elements, ORCID and Scopus are connected by arrows: They all are able to share data if manually connected. To show which metrics take data from Scopus and ORCID, an orange bubble reading ‘Citation Metrics, quantitative measure of research within academia, need to be seen in context' and a yellow bubble reading ‘Alternative metrics, quantitative measure of research within and outside of academia’ hover underneath the pyramid. The connecting arrows make it clear that Scopus links to citation metrics and alternative metrics, adding that mostly Scopus-indexed publications are being used to create these metrics, and ORCID feeds both into citation metrics via e.g. Dimensions AI and alternative metrics via e.g. Altmetric Explorer. One last arrow stemming from ORCID introduces the fourth system, ResearchGate. It sits underneath the pyramid and bubbles and is shown to only be connected to ORCID by receiving data, but does not link to any other system, that the bibliometrics are unrealiable and that it does not provide alternative metrics. One last item in grey points to the citation metrics bubble. It reads ‘Google Scholar, while Google Scholar does give quantitative measures, the data sources are unclear, so there might be duplicates that make the metrics unreliable'.


ORCID IDs are for researchers what ISBNs are for books.

Liverpool Elements

Liverpool Elements is the internal system that is the single point of truth for all other internal profiles.

Scopus / SciVal

Scopus is a large index database that hosts information on a large number of journals


ResearchGate is a for-profit social networking platform to connect with colleagues and engage in discussion.