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David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library

Increasing your Scholarly Impact (College of Law Faculty)

Why Multiple Profiles are Needed

While having works uploaded to SSRN used to be the gold standard for exposing legal research online, new research suggests that increasing the number of places where a scholar's work can be found and accessed increases both exposure (as counted in downloads) and citations.

A new discussion draft by Caroline Osborne and Stephanie Miller, The Scholarly Impact Matrix: An Empirical Study of How Multiple Metrics Create an Informed Story of a Scholar's Work, noted the following:

  • The presence of a HeinOnline Author Profile positively impacts citation across all platforms they analyzed.
  • The presence of a Google Scholar profile increases exposure (downloads) from both SSRN and institutional repositories (IRs). The effect is more pronounced for SSRN downloads than for IR downloads. The presence of a Google Scholar profile also positively impacts citation across all analyzed platforms (including Westlaw and Lexis) except for HeinOnline.

Get Started in 15 Minutes or Less

Things to do first:

1. ORCiD:

2. SSRN:

3. HeinOnline:

Next Steps

Next, tackle these projects (time will vary, depending on how much work needs to be done):

4. HeinOnline:

5. Google Scholar:

6. SSRN:

The Law Library: A Partner in Your Scholarly Visibility

  Faculty member needs to: Library will:
Your faculty webpage Supply updated information Maintain page
Huskie Commons -- Upload works that meet deposit requirements
ORCiD Set up account; enhance as desired Provide guidance if needed
SSRN Set up account; ensure title and affiliation are correct Upload new works upon request
HeinOnline Author Profile Ensure publications are correct; set up link to ORCiD Maintain profile information & link to SSRN
Google Scholar Set up profile; verify publications to be added Provide guidance if needed

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