Blogs indexed in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index are individually curated by researchers with expertise in that blog’s topic or field of study. Only blogs of sufficient quality and scholarship content are chosen for inclusion in ACI, and care is taken in determining quality or depth of content, relevant Library of Congress classifications, and, of course, the verifiable credentials of a scholarly blog author. Because your Author Profile bridges those professional activities and affiliations that you actively engage in, a comprehensive author profile offers web researchers the opportunity to explore your other avenues of content and scholarship. In addition, it allows those with an interest in your field the chance to find you – and your content – in the communities they themselves most often and most actively engage in.

The Author Profile provides valuable information to researchers using the ACI Scholarly Blog Index. When content is accessed in ACI, a link to the full article on a blog author’s site is provided, and researchers can see their areas of expertise and further avenues of scholarship via the author card on the right, and they can also get to your full-page Author Profile just by clicking your name on the post page. In order to ensure that these profiles contain the most accurate and comprehensive information for online researchers, suggested corrections or additions can be submitted by the author or someone who can provide additional profile details regarding the author’s scholarly connections or activity. All information provided is verified by the ACI team before the profiles are updated, and a “Verified” status lets readers know that the information in that profile went through an additional review process to ensure accuracy and completeness. It’s also fantastic for the authors, because every author indexed in ACI can access premium ACI tools and features when they verify their author profiles.

It’s easy to verify your ACI Author Profile, and well worth the advantages of ensuring your author information is comprehensive and correct. If you’re the blog author, just click on the “Suggest Improvements” button on your Author Profile page to begin updating your personal author information. If you have a direct link to your personal author profile editing page – for example, from an ACI email – then you can click on the “Edit my Profile” button to begin. If you’re not the blog author but wish to submit information, just visit the Author Profile page of the author whose profile you wish to edit and follow the instructions. In both cases, the data submitted will be reviewed by ACI for accuracy. You’ll find useful tips to help you every step of the way. For example, you may see example text right in the field to give you an idea of the type of information you could enter there. Click on the “Need help?” link in various sections of the form for tips or guidelines. The form also includes a few quick video tips to assist you as you fill out the form.

So far, so good… but in addition to ensuring accuracy and completeness for blog readers in your field, there are some additional advantages to verifying your profile.

You can include a bio.
Authors with un-verified profiles won’t have an author bio. However, when you verify your profile, you’ll have the ability to provide a biographical statement of up to 800 words. Your bio is displayed in the upper-left corner of your author profile page. A well-written bio is something that can really draw in potential new readers, because it gives you an opportunity to tie in your professional passions and interests to the content you’re actually publishing through your blog. A bio will often include information regarding your educational and work history: overarching or interesting highlights from your academic and professional interests, or a selection of your awards and/or publications.

However, the best way to tackle your bio is to leave some of the list work for their respective correction form fields in order to include some off-the-cuff, unexpected morsels of personal information that your readers, and potential readers, may enjoy learning about you. For example, check out the bio above by clicking the screenshot. Thanks to the combination of Dr. Yates including a note about bird photography in his bio, as well as including his own bird photography to accompany images in some of his scholarly blog posts, most of us in the ACI team are well aware that the neuroscientist Dr. Yates is also a pretty awesome bird photographer.

You can include a photo.
Why does a photograph matter for an author whose authority is built on professional and academic credentials? In today’s increasingly-digital research landscape, not everything perfectly translates into bits and bytes. That might range anywhere from perceived warmth or approachability to just helping readers out with an image they can attach to the content as they read. Something as seemingly simple as having a profile image in your Author Profile helps to strengthen the connection between you and those web researchers who are interested in reading your work. Being more real for your readership isn’t just imagined sentiment. It might lend your readers a voice that accompanies your article as they read them, rather than the robotic monotone of a detached article. Maybe it makes it easier for readers to envision you verbally stating today’s fervent blog points, or participating in the colorful scenario you described in yesterday’s post.

In addition, depending on your activities or experiences within your discipline, it’s possible that the photograph or scenario captured in your chosen photograph can help to convey select messages to your readers. For example, check out the author photo above. If I was looking for a potential collaborator for a science communication project and came across this Author Profile page, the author’s choice of photo might help tell me that this author has probably had some public speaking and/or instructional experience. (And in that case, actually, the photo showcased the author giving a local TED talk, which might further inform me as a potential follower of that author.)

If you include an ORCID, we’ll display your journal articles and books.
The primary goal of ORCID is to provide a platform for the accurate identification and attribution of individual researchers, and we try to locate the ORCID for authors indexed in ACI. But every author should follow the profile verification steps to ensure that the appropriate ORCID identifier is attached to that author’s profile information.Due to ACI’s unique integration of ORCID data into the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, journal article and book data contained in ORCID will automatically display on the author profiles for those ACI authors who include an ORCID identifier.

As you add more publications to your ORCID profile in the future, new journal articles will display under your Journal Articles tab in ACI, and new books and/or book contributions will display under the Books tab. For the author in the screeenshot example, there are several entries listed for both his scholarly journal articles and his book contributions – both as sole author and as content contributor – so potential readers can find all of this on one convenient ppage. And if you have additional cool content that doesn’t neatly fit either of these categories? Just add it to your bio.

When your profile is verified, researchers will know.
verified in resultsWhen your profile information in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index is verified, there will be a green check mark icon next to your name in ACI, and the word Verified will appear on your article and author pages. In addition, because the green verified icon even displays in a search results page (no matter what search strings were used by the researcher), ACI users always have that at-a-glance confirmation that a given author within a list of search results is a verified author. If potential readers are browsing blogs in your field, that verified status may garner quicker interest because readers know they’ll get the most comprehensive set of author information, giving you a bit of potential weight on an otherwise-level playing field.

For example, if I’m browsing a set of astronomy-related publications, and I knew that I would later be interested in tracking the Scopus ID and possible Twitter username for a particular astronomer, seeing that verified result in the screenshot helps to assure me that if the blogger does have a Scopus and/or Twitter account, then maybe I can retrieve it all in one fell swoop.

Your blog posts contain a wealth of information and scholarship that web researchers in that field may find invaluable for their own research or areas of interest. The examples above are just a few examples of the kinds of information you can include in your author profile, and how they might benefit you, your blog, and your current or potential blog readers – but your social media participation, professional identifiers, and other information types work together to create a comprehensive record of you as a scholarly blogger. Ensure that those interested in your field can find you and your work in ACI: verify your profile in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index today.