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What does the Internet Say About You? Creating Your Academic Digital Identity

Information on developing a professional web presence, including social media, academic social networks, digital identifiers, and copyright considerations.


An ORCID is a persistent, unique digital identifier for researchers. It supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities (funding, publications, etc).

ORCID is a non-profit, and registering for an ORCID is free for individuals. The organization is supported by member subscriptions. 

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Screenshot on how to register for an orcid

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique identifier associated with an object, such as an electronic document. 

Washington University assigns DOIs to all electronic theses and dissertations. When adding a link to your thesis or dissertation or other publication with a DOI, consider using the DOI link. If the URL of the electronic document changes, the DOI will redirect to the new URL. No dead links!

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