Everything You Need to Know about Author Profile Pages

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Author Profile Pages are an excellent way to showcase and promote an author’s scholarly work. This page automatically displays a list of an author’s articles and ScholarCheck statistics and can be enhanced to include a photo, biographical information, and links to the author’s website and social media accounts. Use email alerts to stay up to date with authors’ works. Let’s take a closer look at this HeinOnline feature and what’s new!

Accessing Author Profile Pages

To find an author profile page, use the Advanced Search option found on the Law Journal Library homepage. Enter the author’s name into the Author/Creator field and click the Search button. Let’s use Mary Whisner for this example.

Screenshot highlighting Author/Creator search field in HeinOnline Advanced Search

The results show all the articles written by Mary Whisner. Users can also click on an author’s name from search results or from within a journal issue’s table of contents.

For any author represented in the Law Journal Library, Author Profile Pages automatically display a list of articles and ScholarCheck statistics. The existing profile can be enhanced to include a photo, biographical information, and links to the author’s website and social media accounts.

ScholarCheck statistics include:

  • The number of times an article has been cited by other articles and cases
  • The number of times an article has been accessed by other HeinOnline users within a rolling 12-month period
  • The number of times an article has been cited by articles written in the past 10 years
  • The number of times an author’s articles have been cited by articles written within the past 12-24 months

We recently added a self-citation metric to the Author Profile Pages. This metric counts the cumulative number of times that an author has cited his or her own work. It is not factored into the overall ScholarCheck ranking analysis, nor does it affect the overall citation count. The addition of this feature, back in December, caused quite the buzz. Check out this blog post all about self-citation metrics and why it sparked a discussion on Twitter.

Below is an example of an enhanced author profile page.

Screenshot of enhanced author profile page on HeinOnline

From this page, users can set up email alerts regarding the designated author’s works. Simply choose the desired alerts, enter an email address, and click Set up email alerts. These alerts will be sent once a month. The four different alerts are for:

  • When new material for this author is added to HeinOnline
  • When new articles in HeinOnline cite this author’s articles
  • When articles are accessed on HeinOnline each month
  • When similar articles are published on this author’s works
Screenshot of author alert options on HeinOnline

Another advantage of Author Profile Pages is the ability to download a CSV of ScholarCheck metrics for an entire institution’s enhanced author profiles. This feature was released in November 2017. To utilize this feature, enter the Law Journal Library and Browse by Author Profiles.

Screenshot of Author Profiles by Institution menu

Thanks to a suggestion from Lisa Davis at Florida International University, users can now link directly to an institution’s list of enhanced author profiles. Click on the institution’s name for the list of authors who have enhanced their author profile, as well as a link to download a CSV of ScholarCheck metrics for all of the enhanced profiles from the institution. This new feature enables users to easily share the link with colleagues.

For example, click on Columbia University Law School.

Screenshot of Author Profiles by Institution option highlighting Columbia University Law School

A CSV is automatically downloaded when the user clicks on the link. All of the authors’ information is pulled into the CSV, where a user can sort/filter the information by any individual metric or by overall ScholarCheck rank. See an example of a CSV file below.

Screenshot of author information CSV file

How to Enhance Author Profile Pages

If an author already has articles in HeinOnline, a basic version of their page will automatically be created. To enhance an author profile page, authors will need to fill out this form. They will be asked to provide an email address, birth year, university/affiliation, title, ORCID ID#, biography, links to social media profiles, and a photo. Once the form is submitted, a HeinOnline support representative will create the page and send a draft for your approval. Once approved, the enhanced profile page will be made available in HeinOnline.

screenshot of Author Profile Setup 
Request form

If a librarian would like to submit multiple profiles on behalf of faculty, please contact marketing@wshein.com and a representative will provide a CSV template.

Users can also edit an already enhanced profile by clicking on Edit Author Profile within the author profile page.

If you have any questions about Author Profile Pages, or need help navigating or searching in HeinOnline, contact our dedicated support team at (800) 277-6995, email us, or live chat with us!

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