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Managing your research profile


This guide provides tips on how to manage your research profiles & ways to increase the visibility of your research.

 "Handy tips" are highlighted throughout the guide. These will save you time and minimise data entry, for example:

Handy tip: Establish and maintain your profile on IRIS, ARAN  and ORCID as a starting point. 

This way you will enter your data once, and reuse it multiple times.


Managing your research profile

  • When publishing always use the same institutional name. Always use the designate university name National University of Ireland Galway when submitting your manuscript for publication


  • When publishing always use the same author name. Problems can arise due to:
    • Authors alternating between the English and Irish versions of their name
    • Authors alternating between using middle initials and/or shortened versions of their firstnames​
    • Common names
    • Name changes, e.g. marriage


  • Register for an ORCID iD and use this when publishing as advised by ORCID.


For example, Springer supports the use of  ORCID, see their advice for authors and the short video:





A list of publishers and other organisations who provide integration with ORCID is available ont this webpage:​


More information on ORCID


See the next section of this library guide for more information on ORCID:

Institutional Research Office


The Institutional Research Office provide guidance on Research Metrics: h

IRIS the NUIG Institutional Research Information System

IRIS, the NUIG Institutional Research Information System, enables researchers and academic staff to maintain an up-to-date Researcher Profile to showcase their research expertise on NUIG webpages.

Some features of the system include:

  • Automatic publication updates from Web of Science & PubMed

The system is used to collate the University’s research outputs for institutional reports, and university rankings and to create Researcher Profile pages on NUIG  school and institutional websites.

The publically available Researcher Profiles are used by academics, industry, and R&D organisations to identify potential collaborators for research projects and by potential students to identify supervisors. See

Log on using this link: IRIS.

Click here  for more information relating to IRIS.

PhD students may request access to IRIS for the purpose of uploading publications to ARAN

Access/Training Queries Contact Noreen Goggin, ext 5168 or email

Campus Account/Password Queries contact the Service Desk


ARAN the NUIG institutional repository

ARAN is the digital collection of open access scholarly publications from NUI Galway. ARAN collects, preserves and makes freely available scholarly communication, including peer-reviewed articles, working papers and conference papers created by NUI Galway researchers. Where material has already been published it is made available subject to the open-access policies of the original publishers.

ARAN is crawled by Google Scholar, Google, OAIster  and Researchgate  and can expose your research to the widest possible audience.

When uploading publications to IRIS,  researchers can add the final draft version for upload to ARAN. For information on how to submit, click on this link.

See also Frequently asked questions, including benefits for researchers:

To browse or search ARAN, click here.

NUIG Open access policy

Open Access to Research Outputs

NUI Galway’s policy on Open Access to Research Outputs, adopted by the Academic Council in October 2015, aims to promote open access to the University’s publications. Authors of peer-reviewed articles and peer-reviewed conference papers resulting from research carried out at NUI Galway must deposit a copy in the ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) repository. ARAN enables easy discovery of publications through global search engines such as Google and complements IRIS by linking from author profiles to the full text of University publications. See Help for information on how to submit your publications to ARAN.

Open Access to Research Outputs Policy