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Researcher Profiles, Identifiers and Social Networks: Maximise your Impact

Tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher.

What is a Scopus Author Identifier?

Scopus is a large bibliographic database which provides citation metrics for publications and authors.

Scopus creates a unique number, or author identifier, for each author with documents indexed in Scopus.

This makes it possible to:

  • Distinguish between authors with very common names like Smith or Wang,
  • Group together documents published by the same author whose name may have changed over time or may be cited in a number of different ways, for example, one document might use: Clarke, Adrienne Elizabeth, while others may use Clarke, A. E. or Clarke, A.

Why you should check and correct your Scopus author details

Scopus uses an algorithm to determine which identifiers should be assigned to author names, however it sometimes makes mistakes.

If you have publications indexed in Scopus, it is important to check:

  • You have been assigned a single Scopus Author Identifier,
  • All your publications have been assigned your Author ID, and
  • Your Scopus author profile details are correct.

This will ensure that your:

  • Publications are easy to find,
  • Citation metrics in Scopus, such as your total citation count and h-index, are correct, and
  • List of publications in Scopus, and possibly used on other websites via feeds, is complete.

How to update your author details in Scopus

How to correct your author details in Scopus:

  1. Run an author search for your own name.
  2. On the search results page, click on your name.
  3. On the Author details page, click Request author detail corrections.
  4. Follow the prompts to select your preferred name, review the documents assigned to you and review your profile.

You can also link your Scopus Author Identifier with your ORCID identifier.


For example: Peter J. Stuckey

Screenshot of researcher's profile taken on March 9 2018. Scopus® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V. Screenshot courtesy of Elsevier B.V.


Scopus Author Profile Tutorial

This tutorial shows you how to:

  • Find publications for a specific author,
  • Set up an alert to follow an author,
  • Provide feedback on author details, and
  • Create an author group.