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Faculty Scholarship

The purpose of this guide is to assist Law School faculty in the production of their scholarship.


One of the challenges facing many scholars is making sure you get credit for your scholarship, this can be particularly true for scholars with common names and those who have worked at multiple institutions around the world.  ORCID ID solves this problem by providing scholars with a unique, persistent digital identifier that works across various publishing platforms.  Many journals in the social sciences and hard sciences now require that authors submit their works using an ORCID ID, and it may not be long before the legal publishing world follows suit.  HeinOnline also encourages authors to include their ORCID ID in their author profile.  The Catholic University of America is an institutional member of ORCID, and Law School faculty can sign up for their free ORCID ID at the link below.  More information on ORCID ID at Catholic University is also available below.

HeinOnline Author Profile

When any author is identified and attributed to a HeinOnline work, an Author Profile Page is automatically created for that individual. The page displays a list of that author’s works as well as their ScholarRank statistics—their scholarly impact ranking, based on a number of factors and relative to other authors in HeinOnline, their ORCID ID, and their all important h-index.  In addition, HeinOnline provides authors with the ability to enhance their Author Profile page.  An enhanced author profile page provides additional biographical and professional information about the author.   It can also link out to the author's faculty page on their home institution, their LinkedIn site, and other sites such as Google Scholar.  In addition, authors can also import publication information from their ORCID account.  Once you've requested an enhanced author profile page you will want to edit your own author profile page - more information on that process is available below. 

In the near future the Law Library will explore obtaining administrative access to Catholic Law author profile pages in order to assist faculty in the creation and maintenance of their pages.

Web of Science/Publons Author Record

Authors who are more likely to publish in interdisciplinary publications may want to consider obtaining a Web of Science "ResearcherID."  The Web of Science can be accessed through Mullen Library's list of subscription databases (see link below).  Simply perform a search for author records and then once the correct record is identified click "claim this record" in the "Are You This Author?" box.  This will link out to the Publons platform which maintains the profiles and citations metrics.  Once a record is claimed the author can sync their record with their ORCID account to import publications.  Please note that the Web of Science does not include a number of law reviews/journals and therefore the citation count will differ from HeinOnline and Google Scholar.  However, if the author publishes in the social sciences or hard sciences this will provide citation metrics that otherwise may not be included in profiles maintained on those other platforms.

Google Scholar Profiles

Google Scholar Profiles provide a simple way for authors to showcase their academic publications. You can check who is citing your articles, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.

Best of all, it's quick to set up and simple to maintain - even if you have written hundreds of articles, and even if your name is shared by several different scholars. You can add groups of related articles, not just one article at a time; and your citation metrics are computed and updated automatically as Google Scholar finds new citations to your work on the web. You can choose to have your list of articles updated automatically or review the updates yourself, or to manually update your articles at any time.