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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 by Elsevier is a subscription 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.