Research Impact Challenge

This guide contains 10 activities for researchers to better understand and manage their online scholarly presence, as well as the impact and reach of their research.

Day 5: Your personal webpage - pulling the pieces together

Welcome to the fifth day of the University Libraries Research Impact Challenge! Earlier this week, you registered your ORCID, claimed your Google Scholar Profile, explored a digital repository, and reflected on your use of social media. Today, we’ll pull all of these pieces together on your online profile pages. Let’s get started!

Here's how to do it: 

1. Identify the web page you will use for today’s challenge. You can work with any public web page that contains information about you and your work, and that you are able to edit directly. We recommend the following:

  • First choice: If you have an Experts@Minnesota profile page, this is the ideal choice for this exercise. This guide has more information about how to update your Experts profile.
  • Second choice:  If you have a University of Minnesota departmental or staff profile page, or a lab page, and have the power to edit this page yourself, it would be another good choice for this exercise.
  • Third choice: Use the ORCID profile you created on Day 1, or any public profile on a platform like Humanities Commons, Open Science Framework, or other social networking platform.

2. Work through the following checklist to ensure that all the work you’ve done this week to establish and manage your presence on the web is fully integrated into your profile page.

Does your profile page include:  

  • Your ORCID ID and link to your ORCID profile
  • Up-to-date research output information, such as recent publications or presentations
  • Link to your Google Scholar profile
  • Link(s) to any repositories where you have deposited your work (see Bonus Challenge, below)
  • Links to any social media profiles or feeds that you want your colleagues to know about, follow, or connect with

Additionally, make sure that the URL for your profile page is included in all of the spaces listed above! You may also want to include it on your email signature. 

3. While you’re here, check that any other information on your profile page (email address, campus address and phone number, research and teaching interests, etc.) is present and up-to-date!

Bonus Challenge: if you currently have documents posted to your personal webpage, consider depositing those files in a repository instead. Then, link to those items in the repository, rather than hosting them directly on your web page.

What next? 

Preparing for the next challenge: 

Congratulations! You've completed Week One of the Research Impact Challenge!

Starting with Week 2 / Day 6, we'll shift gears to focus on how the impact of scholarly work is measured, communicated, and evaluated.


This material has been adapted from the University of Michigan research impact challenge LibGuide created by Rebecca Welzenback, January 15 2019 and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2021 1:40 PM