Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Academic Community

The Doctoral School in Psychology at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore strongly encourages its students to engage and participate in scientific community and discussions. To this end, students are warmly encouraged to join research societies in their field of interest, participate in and present at national and international conferences, and actively engage on major social networks dedicated to research.

Below are some possible suggestions for taking the first steps in the scientific community. Additional information will be provided during dedicated courses that will be offered throughout the doctoral training


The Italian Association of Psychology (Associazione Italiana di Psicologia; A.I.P.) is an organization that gathers psychologists primarily engaged in research and teaching activities, mainly within universities and research institutions. It represents the main Italian association for psychological research. A.I.P. is structured into sections (Dynamic & Clinical Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental & Educational Psychology, and Experimental Psychology). The association counts over 1000 members, including ordinary and affiliated members.

Every year, A.I.P. organizes conferences, hosts Summer Schools, and offers funding opportunities for research and internationalization. For more information, please visit the following link.


ORCID, or Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a non-profit organization that offers a distinctive and persistent digital identifier to researchers and scholars. This 16-digit alphanumeric code uniquely identifies individual researchers, eliminating the issues of name ambiguity in scholarly communications and publications.

By utilizing an ORCID iD, researchers can easily link their works, citations, and contributions to their identity. This universal identifier streamlines the proper attribution of research outputs and simplifies the management of academic profiles. It becomes easier for institutions, funders, publishers, and other stakeholders to locate and access researchers' work.

ORCID iDs are now integrated into academic workflows, publishing platforms, and research databases, facilitating researchers' utilization of the identifier in various professional activities. Best of all, registering for an ORCID iD is free, and researchers are encouraged to create and use their unique ORCID iDs to improve the visibility and discoverability of their scholarly work.

You can create your own ORCID at the following link.


ResearchGate is a social networking platform designed specifically for researchers and scientists to share, collaborate, and communicate their research findings. ResearchGate allows researchers to create profiles, upload and share their publications, projects, datasets, and other research outputs. It serves as a hub for networking and connecting with peers, mentors, and collaborators within the academic and scientific community.

You can create your ResearchGate profile for free through the following link.


Academia.edu is a social networking platform that focuses on the academic and research community. It provides a space where researchers, scholars, and academics could share their work, connect with others in their fields, and discover relevant research. Academia.edu aims to foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing within the academic community and beyond.

You can create your Academia.edu profile for free through the following link.


LinkedIn, a professional social networking platform commonly used for career and business purposes, is also utilized by academics and researchers to showcase their professional profiles, connect with colleagues, and expand their network.

On LinkedIn, academics can: Connect with other professionals in their field (including fellow researchers, scholars, and professional researcher); Join academic groups focused on specific research interests, offering opportunities for networking, knowledge-sharing, and discussions; Share research publications, conference presentations, awards, and achievements to showcase their work and divulgate principal results of your research; Engage in professional discussions, share insights, and stay updated on the latest developments in their fields through the newsfeed and post-sharing features.

While not exclusively tailored to research, LinkedIn remains a valuable tool for academics to enhance their professional presence, collaborate with potential partners, and explore diverse career prospects.

You can create your own LinkedIn profile at the following link.