Researcher identification schemes (or author IDs) provide a unique identifier for each reearcher. Having a distinctive author name is essential for academics’ work to be found among a global network of researchers. Many publishers and funding agencies now require or encourage authors to apply for an ORCID iD. The ORCID iD provides a persistent digital identifier to distinguish you from others and supports you in your manuscript and grant submission activities.
Some benefits to author IDs include:
distinguishing between authors with the same name
attributing publications to a single author despite inconsistent use of first names/initials, name changes, publications in different writing systems, etc.
providing stable URLs to authors and lists of their research outputs
ResearcherID operates in Web of Science, offering a unique scholar identifier within Web of Science and a scholar profile page with citation metrics for each researcher.
ResearcherID and ORCID are complementary systems, and you can quickly exchange data between your ResearcherID and your ORCID. Step by step instructions are available in print and on a short video.
How to Use ResearcherID
ResearcherID Quick Reference Card
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Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it appears at the top of Google Scholar results when people search for your name.