Both of these external services are outwith the control of UHI. However, many researchers do use these services as a means of connecting with the widest audience possible and professional networking with peers. A short description is included here just as an indication of where these services sit in the wider research systems context but no influence or control over these systems by the university is implied.

Google Scholar

A service from Google that aggregates research information and creates an online profile for researchers by scraping information from across academic web sites (including the university’s PURE database), presenting it to the individual to include or reject from their profile.

  • The ability to collaborate, interact or find peers - to search for researchers working in the same discipline/area
  • Can create an online profile, share, communicate with peers
  • Publicly available
  • Citation and download statistics
  • Cannot upload outputs to the profile, must rely on Google finding outputs
  • Cannot include other activities
  • Has no institutional relationship
  • No institutional reporting worth – not related to AP, department, networks, groups.

 UHI Libraries have created a very useful guide to the benefits and pitfalls of using other aspects of Google Scholar (i.e. as a library tool), you can access it at UHI LibGuides.


In many ways similar to Google Scholar - a rival application owned by Microsoft that similarly scans the internet for articles and like-minded researchers and presents them to a researchers account with the option to bookmark in a ResearchGate profile. Attributes are similar to Google Scholar.