The importance of a good About me text.
At Peerwith, we feel strongly about empowering experts, which is why we created peerwith.Expert where Experts can receive direct service requests.
Your expert page and the ‘About me’ field
More and more we notice that users on Peerwith visit the expert pages. Therefore, it is really important to stand out and make sure you introduce yourself in the best way possible to potential new customers.
The ‘About me’ field is essentially your business card for clients to request your service. It should provide information about your track record as an expert. We
strongly advise you to mention your experience as an expert, your educational background, and what kind of requests you like to receive.
There is no need to add your own publication history or copy your full CV. Carefully consider the length of the text you write. Readers should get a crisp overview of who you are and what you can do for them. Naturally, a short summary of journals your articles have been published in, awards you have received and current research you are conducting are worth mentioning. We recommend aiming for 200-250 words as a guideline. You can add a link to your personal website, or your profile on Mendeley, LinkedIn etc. However, this link should be at the end of the text and
serve as additional background. Only putting a link without additional wording as described above will not appeal to readers.
Keep in mind that researchers seeking support in author services are mostly interested in your experience as an expert, hence it is important to mention previous work that you have done. Have you worked with important customers, do you have a proven track record of successful collaborations that resulted in publications? How many years of expert experiencedo you have? Mention it!
If you are a member of learned or editing societies,please do refer to them as well.
Example of an Expert ‘About me’ text.
You can edit the ‘About me’ field and other fields that feature on your expert page via the ‘profile’ tab on peerwith.com.
Because at Peerwith we feel that human interaction is important, we wanted to give experts the option to show what they feel passionate about. This will give you
the opportunity to stand out in places where overviews of experts are shown. You can now add your personal statement via the ‘profile’ tab on peerwith.com. Soon, this statement will be visible on your expert page, in the ‘search results’ on peerwith.expert, in your profile preview and on several places where experts are
featured on peerwith.com and on our partner websites. Your personal statement can be a motto, a famous quote or a strong message you want to share with clients. Examples of a personal statement are: “I want to help Early Career Researchers to prepare to get published” or “The best research I see is from authors from emerging markets”.
Obviously both examples are not the most original and attractive personal statements, but we would not want to steal your thunder!
Coming up next: your profile image.