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NRF Rating Preparation: Researcher Profiles

This guide provides information and tools for measuring research impact, focusing on the use of citation metrics in NRF rating preparation

Researcher Profiles

A Researcher or Scholar profile is a free website where researchers can register for a unique researcher ID number and public information profile, build a publication list by searching databases and adding publications or uploading a file. The registry of researcher profiles are searchable, making it easy to view profiles and find potential collaborators.

Profiles consists of:

  • Identifiers: Persistent, unique, alphanumeric identifier attached to a researcher throughout his/her career as they move across institutions or disciplines.

  • Profiling: biographical data, list of publications/outputs, institutional affiliations and research interests.

  • Bibliometric data: Citation counts & metrics (H-index automatically calculated and displayed)

Benefits:

  • Build an accurate & unique global public research profile by managing personal profile information on the web

  • Properly identify yourself and your work as a researcher (global identity challenge)

  • Show the citation impact of your research (H-index etc.)

How can you use researcher profiles?

  • Enhance personal web page

  • Job applications & Curriculum Vitae

  • Funding & grant application

  • Promotion application

  • Performance appraisal

  • Research award application

  • Research evaluation & assessment (NRF rating application)

A Researcher profile allows you to:

  • Update your Profile (biographical information) at any time
  • Build, update and manage your publications list
  • Control how much of your profile is public or private
  • View citation metrics
  • Search the registry to find collaborators, review publication lists, and explore how research is used around the world

To increase your e-visibility as a researcher, please refer to the e-Visibility library guide. This guide provide steps and guidelines on how to develop and online presence on the Web. It focusses on creating an e-profile using formal researcher profile platforms tools and social media tools.

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NRF Rating Application Process

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H-index

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Creating Researcher Profiles for NRF Rating

To prepare for NRF rating, create scholarly profiles on the ORCID, ResearcherID (Clarivate Analytics) and a Google Scholar profile.