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Creating & Managing an Academic Profile: Author IDs

This guide focuses on skills and tools for discussing, interacting, presenting, writing, commenting, and finally publishing your research in the social networks used by academics.

Author IDs

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

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Register for free, then associate your publications with your ORCID iD. Once you have completed your ORCID iD, use the persistent URL as a link to your publications. Include your ORCID when you submit journal articles, grant applications, etc. ORCID is required by a growing number of agencies and publishers  such as Oxford University PressTaylor & FrancisPublic Library of Science (PLoS) and Thomson Reuters.

ORCID iD and ResearcherID are complementary systems, and you can exchange data between your ResearcherID and your ORCID iD. Step by step instructions are available in print and on this short video.

How to Use ORCID

Examples of ORCIDs

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
    Instructions for ISI Web of KnowledgeSM Subscribers have not yet been revised to reflect new Web of Science interface. Scroll down to follow the instructions for ISI Non-Subscribers

Examples of ResearcherIDs

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.

How to Use Google Scholar Profiles

Examples of Google Scholar Profiles