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Getting Published: Author Profiles

Explore the issues and options of publishing your research.

Researcher Identification

To solve the issue of author name ambiguity and attribution both Thomson Reuters and Elsevier have developed researcher identification systems. ORCID is an open-access initiative.

  • ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) - launched October 2012. ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. 

  • ResearcherID (Thomson Reuters) - create and manage a professional profile, build an online publication list, measure performance with cited counts and h-index.

  • Scopus Author Identifier (Elsevier) - create a unique author identifier for use within Scopus. View demonstration.

  • Google Scholar Citations - author profile to keep track who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and calculate several citation metrics. Profiles can be made public, so that they may appear in Google Scholar results. 

  • arXiv Author ID - open access repository (Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance & Statistics)

Related Subject Guides

Explore other library Research Subject Guides if your are looking for good examples of profiles and find tips to help you enhance your profiles and getting the most from them.

Managing Your researcher profile

Researcher profiles and IDs can be used to 

  • link all of your publications together 
  • group any name variations under which you have published 
  • group institutions where you have worked. 
  • differentiate between authors with similar names
  • improve researcher impact
  • assist with metrics such as citation counts and h-indexes