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Library Services for Faculty and Staff

Information for UW Law Faculty and Staff about the services we offer.

U.S. News Scholarly Impact Ranking

In February 2019, U.S. News announced that it was looking into creating a scholarly impact ranking for law schools. As a way to measure scholarly impact, U.S. News indicated that they would partner with HeinOnline to track the number of citations for each author's published articles. Following the initial announcement, many law school deans and professors raised questions about the new ranking system and how it would work in practice. In response, U.S. News issued an open letter to the law school dean community outlining the intended methodology for the proposed ranking system and why it chose to partner with HeinOnline.

Below is information outlining how UW Law faculty can ensure that their HeinOnline profiles are complete and up-to-date. It also includes information on how to create and manage author profiles for Google Scholar and SSRN.

For even more information on ways to track citations to your scholarship, check out our guide:

HeinOnline Author Profile

Each individual who authors an article available in HeinOnline's Law Journal Library is automatically given an author profile page. You can, however, add additional information to your profile to make it more robust. This includes adding a photo, email address, title, university affiliation, ORCID ID, bio, and links to social media profiles. To update your profile, fill out and submit this form.

Finding Your Author Profile Page

To find your author profile, (1) go to the advanced search page, (2) search for your name under the Author/Creator field, and (3) select the hyperlink of your name from the results list. See screenshots below.

Deciphering the Information on Your Author Profile Page

Once you're found your page, you can view your affiliation, citation ranking and data, and list of articles.

Problems?

If you have trouble locating your author page or see issues with the citation information or articles attributed to you, please contact lawref@uw.edu and we can help.

Google Scholar Profile

Although not currently used by U.S. News for the scholarly impact ranking, Google Scholar is a highly visible source of citation information. As is the case with HeinOnline, you can create and update your Google Scholar profile.

Creating Your Google Scholar Profile

Google Scholar provides a comprehensive set of instructions outlining how you can set up your profile. These instructions also explain how you can add missing articles or remove ones that are included by mistake.

Deciphering the Information on Your Author Profile Page

Once you've set up your profile, you'll be able to view the list of your articles and obtain citation data. See the Google Scholar Citations page for more information about the available data.

SSRN

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a huge open-access repository for scholarly papers in law, the social sciences, business, and some other disciplines. Hundreds of thousands of authors have posted abstracts and papers. SSRN has over 750,000 abstracts—and most of the papers are available for free download (PDF).

SSRN membership is free, but you must have a SSRN User Headquarters (HQ) account to do so.. Just click on the "CREATE ACCOUNT" link in the upper right of the screen to be directed to the User HQ registration and sign in page.

Creating an account enables you to

  • post your own papers
  • download others' papers
  • subscribe to eJournals (free and fee-based)

Once you have an HQ account and have posted papers, SSRN tracks your downloads and citations and assigns a ranking based on those metrics.

If you would like to add additional identifying information, a picture, or control whether or not your ranking information is displayed, click on the user account circle in the top right-hand corner of the page and select "View Account."

For information on posting papers, check out the library's handy cheat sheet created for the UW Law community:

For more information on using SSRN, see the Gallagher Law Library guide on the topic:

ORCID

ORCID is a non-profit organization that provides unique, persistent digital identifiers for researchers. The idea is that by attaching your unique identifier to your scholarship, you can ensure that all of your work will be attributed to you, regardless of name variations or publications by other scholars with the same name.

To get started, register for an ORCID iD. Once you are registered, you can link your ORCID iD to your HeinOnline, Google Scholar, and SSRN profiles to uniquely identify your work product.