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Below are a few of the more widely-used interdisciplinary, scholarly networking tools. Being part of a network may help you find collaborators and publicize your work more widely. Discipline-specific online networking communities also exist.
Network for researchers to share research and discover research being done by others.
Social networking tool for professionals in all fields. A LinkedIn profile is similar to an online CV. You can search LinkedIn for people in particular fields of work or with a particular affiliation.
Known also as a citation management tool, Mendeley includes a social networking element. Researchers can create profiles and build and share their libraries of citations. Mendeley tracks how often citations are saved to libraries as a type of altmetric.
Social network for scientists enabling sharing of research, collaboration, and some altmetrics. It also has active Q and A forums where you can get help and advice.
Although not specifically a network for researchers, Twitter can still be a good place to network and publicize your research.
More on networking for researchers:
Boosting Your Altmetrics
In addition to using your networks to raise awareness of your research and publications, here are other tips and tools:
Use an Author Identifier
Using an author ID will help distinguish you from other authors with similar names and will make sure that all your research output is grouped together - both good steps in broadening your impact. Registering for an ORCID identifier is a great place to start!
Research Impact Beyond Published Articles
There are several initiatives to try to develop reward systems that recognize researchers' contributions beyond their publications in 'top' journals. Here are a few:
Rapid Science's "C-Score"
A collaboration score that will attempt to measure "participants’ contributions to discovery processes that require robust group involvement"
A way to record and showcase your peer review contributions
Related Topic: Broader Impacts