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Library services & resources for Post Graduate Research students: Networking

Tools for building online profiles and academic networking

ORCiD profiles

The University of Plymouth asks all research active staff and Post Graduate Research students to create an ORCiD ID.  ORCiD is an accessible online presence for your work and means you can be more easily found by potential collaborators and your work identified by funders and institutions.  It enables researchers to gain credit for all their work regardless of author name variant or institutional location - it is something that will stay with authors throughout their careers and links into a variety of other systems and tools underpinning accurate flow of metadata.

See our guide to ORCiD and contact your Information Specialist with any queries:

Elements & Pearl: University profile and publication repository systems


Elements is the University's publications information system (supplied by Symplectic) and the place where authors can upload full text research outputs for deposit to Pearl, the University's Open Access Repository.  Use of these systems enables the university to produce reports and showcase research as well as furthering the global Open Access movement and ensures researchers are applying the University's Open Access policy to their practice.
All staff and PGRs have an Elements profile. Please log in using your Plymouth username and password:


Please note: Theses are deposited to Pearl direct to Pearl itself (see separate guidance for Pearl thesis deposit)

Introduction to setting up your Elements profile:

A 1hr training workshop is available to book onto via the Researcher Development Programme.  We recommend students book onto this course and follow up any questions directly with their Information Specialist.  Some introductory guidance is below:

More about Open Access:

   Tools for connecting with other researchersmeeting, people, person, smartphone, team icon

There are various sites which offer networking opportunities beyond the usual ResearchGate and; some of which are also referencing tools:
Other tools are available for promoting your research and profile as an academic: 

Guide to Twitter

LSE have produced a guide for researchers to using Twitter - although quite old now it still contains some useful beginner's information:

The role of Twitter in science communication and publication?

[Author credit: Katie Pratt/full screen version]

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