Collaborate with people

Research is increasingly collaborative and moving into this world can be daunting for a new researcher. This module introduces you to options for identifying and meeting potential collaborators within QUT and around the world via QUT Academic profiles, QUT ePrints, researcher identifiers, researcher databases and academic social networks.

Finding collaborators at QUT

Local collaborators understand your research and institutional context and provide you with immediate access to feedback, support and mentoring.

QUT Academic Profiles showcases QUT academic staff and you can search by keyword for those with research interests similar to your own.

QUT ePrints is an openly accessible online digital collection of scholarly publications and other research outputs created by QUT staff and postgraduate students. Search QUT ePrints for QUT researchers who have written in your research area.

QUT ePrints opens up a range of collaboration opportunities. Increased visibility increases the likelihood that other researchers will read and cite your journal articles and conference papers. Readers can contact you for more information or to offer research partnerships and opportunities.

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Search QUT Academic Profiles and QUT ePrints for people at QUT who share your research interests.

Building your academic profile

Start to think early about how you will build your profile. Use online tools as discussed, become a player in your field by becoming a member of professional associations, attend conferences, seminars and webinars. Consider creating a Google Scholar author profile to keep track of citations to your articles. You can make your author profile public so that it may appear in Google Scholar results.

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Go to Google Scholar Citations and create a profile.

Use the following tools to find potential collaborators.

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  • Microsoft Academic Search is a free academic search engine where you can search for individual researchers or topics. A feature called Visual Explorer allows you to visualise the relationships between researchers who have co-authored publications or cited each other. As an author, you can contribute to Microsoft Academic Search by ensuring your publication data is correct.
  • COS Scholar Universe allows you to search for researchers by name or keyword.

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  • Academia.edu allows researchers to share papers and track the research of academics they follow, making it a useful tool to locate researchers in your field.
  • ResearchGate is mainly focused at scientific researchers. It is a free social networking site for researchers that facilitate collaboration between members. As an author, you can create an individual profile, discuss your work in topic specific Q&A forums, share papers and discover conferences in your field.
  • LinkedIn is a networking site of professionals, academics and businesspeople.

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Search for a researcher in your subject area via Microsoft Academic Search. View the co-author graph (if co-author graph is not visible, use the left side navigation to go first to co-author path or citation graph) to view possible collaborators.