The recent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic shook the world at one end and at the other end opened endless opportunities for academic researchers and clinicians. The “pandemic” transformed as “infodemic” for many of us. During the lockdown, the prestigious Indian Journal of Ophthalmology was a perfect platform for young juvenile researchers that provided a huge opportunity to publish considering the expedited COVID-19 publications and a mix of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 publications. This article aims to highlight the analysis of currently available online profiling platforms for all the ophthalmologists and young researchers, including residents and fellows as they offer numerous services and opportunities for research and publication.
In this era of digitalization, diversification of global science, social networking, and open access to various platforms, it is extremely essential to contribute to medical and scientific research. A comprehensive evaluation of one’s research performance and output is a vital task for the research and publishing platforms. All the publications, book chapters, conference papers, preprints, presentations, and audio and video files can be compiled at one place, which probably was not available 10 to 15 years ago. The advantage of making an online account, adding the research and scholarly content, and making it open access is that it gives an immense boost to the authors and simultaneously increases the research output and impact. The limitations are the promotion of paid journals, predatory publishing material, and underutilization of websites and resources. Additionally, the journal editors, assistant editors, editorial board members, reviewers, and scientific committees more often than not refer to these scholarly profile linked to their bibliographic database to check for a particular researcher’s contribution in one field to invite them for review articles, quality checks, and promotion of networking and publications.
Table 1 lists various websites for creating scholarly and research profiles, which we feel will be very beneficial for all ophthalmologists interested in academics and research.
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Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Puducherry.
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