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Creating & Managing an Academic Profile

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.

Researcher identification schemes (or author IDs) provide a unique identifier for each researcher. 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


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 & Francis, and Public Library of Science (PLoS).

ORCID iD and ResearcherID are complementary systems, and you can exchange data between your ResearcherID and your ORCID iD. Instructions for exporting your ResearcherID publications to ORCID are available here.

How to Use ORCID

Examples of ORCIDs


ResearcherID operates in Web of Science, offering a unique scholar identifier with Web of Science and a scholar profile page with citation metrics for each researcher. In 2019, ResearcherID was migrated to Publons which allows new features, such as the ability to highlight peer review and editorial work.

ResearcherID and ORCID are complementary systems and you can quickly exchange data between your ResearcherID and your ORCID. Instructions on how to connect your ORCID and other accounts to ResearcherID are available here.

How to Use Researcher ID

Examples of ResearcherIDs

Google Scholar Profile

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