Author Identifiers

A great way to make your research easy to find is to use Author identifiers (Author IDs) to create a researcher profile.

Why use a Researcher Profile?

Your researcher profile is an individual Internet profile that provides a user friendly and efficient way of showcasing your work.

A profile pulls all your research and publications together in one place. It clearly distinguishes you from other authors, even if you have a common name or your institutional and/or contact information has changed over time.

It is highly recommended that you sign up for one or more Author IDs, create a Researcher Profile and showcase your work.

Author Identifiers Explained

Author IDs help ensure your professional activities are recognised. Signing up for an Author ID(s) is the first step in creating a Researcher Profile.

Unique author identifiers help:

  • You showcase your work to the world, manage your publication list and track metrics, and be identified by potential research collaborators
  • Institutions to collect, showcase and evaluate the professional activities of their faculty
  • Publishers to simplify the publishing workflow, including peer review
  • Funding organizations simplify the grant submission and track the outcomes of funded research
  • Scholarly societies track the achievements of their members more easily

There is a large number of unique identifiers available to researchers. Many belong to publishing companies, cover specific niche areas of research/professions, or perform highly specific functions. ORCID links most identifiers into one persistent identifier and is strongly recommended. Other identifiers that can be used include Researcher ID and Scopus Author ID.

ORCID (Open access)

ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Through integration in key research workflows, such as manuscript and grant submission, ORCID supports automated linkages between you and your research activities to ensure that your work is recognised.

ORCID is being widely adopted around the world and both the NHMRC and ARC encourage its use by Australian-based researchers.

ORCID is free to individuals. You can import your existing publications indexed in Web of Science and Scopus to your ORCiD via the “Import Research Activities” link in your record.

You can register for an ORCiD directly or from within your Researcher ID account, ensuring integration of the two identifiers. You can also link your ORCiD to your Scopus Author ID.

Researcher ID (Thomson Reuters)

ResearcherID is a free product developed by Thomson Reuters. You can register for a ResearcherID here. Once registered, you are assigned a unique ID that clearly associates you with your published works, and stays with you even if your institutional affiliation changes.

You can create and manage a professional profile, build an online publication list, and measure performance with cited counts and h-index. Your profile can incorporate data and metrics from Web of Knowledge and from other sources. You can make your profile public or private (public is the default setting). Your public ResearcherID profile is searchable to anyone with Web access.

A ResearcherID account is useful for researchers in disciplines with Web of Science coverage. Search the Web of Science journal list to see if the journals you publish in are available. You will need to keep your ResearcherID account publications up to date. ResearcherID does not automatically update with new publications.

You can link your ResearcherID and ORCID accounts and allow data exchange between them. This tutorial will show you how it works.

Scopus Author ID (Elsevier)

Scopus Author ID collects all your Scopus records in one unique author profile. Every author in Scopus is automatically assigned an Author ID. For more information see Scopus Author Identifier.

Scopus is only available to authors with papers published in journals indexed by Scopus and does not provide an online profile. Use the Scopus author feedback wizard and collect all your Scopus records in one unique author profile.

The Author and Affiliation Searching tutorial outlines how you can create an author search, view author details, find variations of an author’s name, group names of authors with a selected author, view documents that have cited a selected author and view author performance information.

You can link your Scopus and ORCID accounts and allow data exchange between them using this Scopus to ORCID wizard.

Google Scholar Profile

A Google Scholar Citation profile is a personally created and maintained web profile. A standard profile lists your name, chosen keywords of research interest, generated citation metrics, and citations (including links to citing articles). Once your profile is set up, it will automatically update.

To create a Google Scholar Citation profile, you need a Google Account. You can make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.

For more information see the Google Scholar Citations help page.

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