Services For Researchers

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The University Library offers a wide range of high quality resources and services designed to support researchers throughout the whole research lifecycle. 

We support researchers and higher degree by research (HDR) students at all stages of the research process, from advice on literature searching and sourcing of hard-to-find materials, to strategies for effectively managing research data. Our liaison librarians have extensive experience working with researchers to streamline the research process and grow their research profiles.

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Getting started

Get acquainted with the range of services and resources designed to help you with your research by talking with your liaison librarian.

Research data management

Research data management can be complex, and getting it right can save you loads of time and effort as well as ensure that you are meeting University, legal and funding body requirements. 

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  • Research data management planning

    Planning good research data management will help ensure your data is safely stored and your research outcomes can be verified. It can support future research based on your data, and helps ensure that you comply with the requirements of the University, research funding bodies and publishers.

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    Your liaison librarian can step you through the creation of a data management plan, as well as provide advice on organising and storing your data.

  • Research data sharing, figshare and data repositories

    By making your data available you increase the discoverability of your research and enable others to cite your data. Publishing and sharing your data also provides enhanced credibility for your research outcomes as the data is available for others to view and analyze. 

    • figshare is the University's default institutional data repository. It is a safe, secure and easy-to-use cloud-based repository in which University staff and HDR students can store valuable research data for private research use, or expose it and share with others. Learn more about figshare.
    • There is a large number of different data storage and sharing options. View the guide to sharing and publishing your data.
    • Your liaison librarian can provide advice on storing and sharing your data.

Publishing and sharing

 

Grow your profile

There are several key steps to growing your profile as a researcher, and your liaison librarian can help you every step of the way.

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  • ORCiD

    Get all of your work attributed to you by signing up for ORCiD, a permanent (and unique) identification number that you can use when publishing, on research grant applications and in numerous other places. ORCiD is recommended by the University and the sign up process takes less than 5 minutes. If you already have an ORCiD, make sure that it is linked to your University ID.

    Get an ORCiD

  • Aurora and Researcher Profiles

    Aurora lets you keep track of all of your publications and other research outputs in one place. It is integrated with the University's Researcher Profiles, and lets you add in additional information about your qualifications and research-related activities. You can also use Aurora to export publication lists for grant applications, calculate your h-index and lots more.

    Your liaison librarian can provide advice and assistance with using Aurora effectively.

    Go to Aurora

    Once you've claimed all of your publications and set up all of your information, login and fine tune your public University of Adelaide profile in Researcher Profiles.

    Go to Researcher Profiles

  • Google Scholar Citations

    Create a Google Scholar Citations profile, then claim your publications, view your citation metrics, and view other profiles. Your profile will appear in Google Scholar search results if you make your it public. 

    Go to Google Scholar

  • ResearcherID (Web of Science)

    Create a ResearcherID to manage your Web of Science publications and make yourself discoverable. It's free to join and is viewable by anyone. Use of ResearcherID solves author identity issues and  includes citation metrics and collaboration.

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  • Scopus author profile

    Scopus creates a unique author identifier for you within Scopus. It includes citation and author metrics and collaboration networks, similar to ResearcherID. It is free to view but more information is available via the Library subscription.

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  • Other researcher profiles

    There are many other researcher profile sites. Some also enable research collaboration and article uploads where copyright permits.  Join the profile(s) used by your discipline to increase visibility. Some popular sites are:

Maximise your research impact

As researchers, you often need to provide metrics about your research output, e.g. when applying for grants or promotions. The Research Metrics Guide describes common metrics for authors, articles, and journals, and mentions which tools provide them. 

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  • Citation tools

    There are several tools which provide citation information. Commonly used ones include:

    A newer database called Dimensions is provided by Digital Science and is providing an innovative alternative to established citation providers. You can access the free app for basic citation information. 

    Alternative metrics

    Alternative metrics, also known as altmetrics, measure online attention to your work.

    Altmetric Explorer is a dashboard which aggregates online attention to the University's research publications, and to all tracked publications worldwide.

    You can look at mentions for individual items, as well as viewing all your mentions in one place. Or you can look at your school/faculty/institute mentions and create spreadsheets and reports.

    Go to Altmetric Explorer

  • Alternative metrics

    Alternative metrics, also known as altmetrics, measure online attention to your work.

    Altmetric Explorer is a dashboard which aggregates online attention to the University's research publications, and to all tracked publications worldwide.

    You can look at mentions for individual items, as well as viewing all your mentions in one place. Or you can look at your school/faculty/institute mentions and create spreadsheets and reports.

    Altmetric Explorer

  • Benchmarking tools

    Benchmarking tools provide deeper analysis of research impact, often using a world average of 1 to measure if research impact is above world average. Benchmarking can be of individuals, groups, disciplines or institutions. The main benchmarking tool available at the University is:

    • InCites (uses Web of Science data)

    Other tools NOT available at the University include:

    • Dimensions (an all in one product including literature, citations, and benchmarking - access the free app for basic citation information)
    • SciVal (uses Scopus data, not available at University of Adelaide)