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Eveything you need to get you started with altmetrics.

Where does your research live?

Unlike creating a CV, which is a collection of citations (and more), researcher profiles, like ORCID, link to your work. Therefore, the first step is to consider where does your research live? Traditionally, most researcher's publications live within journals. 

A good step while setting up an ORCID profile is to first track down the locations of your works. 

Welcome to the ISU Library Guide to Altmetrics

This guide will introduce you to what altmetrics are, why they are important, and how to use them. Use the menu on the left to navigate to different sections.

  • What are altmetrics? An introduction to the concept and a brief discussion of how they work.
  • Where do altmetrics come from? A quick tour of different altmetric adopters and sources.
  • Make altmetrics work for you - Tools to help you locate and gather your altmetrics.

Watch a recording of the workshop that took place on Nov. 13th 2014.


ORCiD:Distinguish Yourself

An ORCID® identifier (iD) is a persistent personal ID. Using your ORCID iD is more accurate and secure than a name: many people can have the same name but each ORCID iD is unique. An ORCID iD provides an easy way to distinguish yourself from other people with similar names guaranteeing that you will get credit for your work. For more about ORCID, visit our website

View a sample ORCID iD profile

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Things to know about ORCID iDs

  • Registering for an ORCID iD is free.
  • You can choose which parts of your profile are public. (A public profile is much more useful!) 
  • You can link DOI's and grant numbers to your ORCID iD.
  • Currently working for Iowa State? Select Iowa State University as your institution in the "Employment" section. 

Connect other identifiers 

Unlike other closed systems, for-profit researcher profiles, ORCID works well with a variety of other systems (and a growing number!). Connect your ORCID iD with: 

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