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Citation Metrics Workshop


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.

Benefits of 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 his/her research outputs


ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor ID

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 Press, Taylor & 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.

To set up an ORCID iD, go to ORCID and select Register for an ORCID iD.

Sample ID: Daisie Iris Huang, UBC faculty


ResearcherID (Web of Science)

Register for free and add your publications to your ResearcherID account.

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. 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.

To set up a ResearcherID, click on

then "Join Publons Now" (this is the new ResearcherID environment).

Sample Researcher ID: Stan Floresco, UBC faculty

Google Scholar Profile

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.

To set up a Google Scholar Profile: go to Google Scholar Citations, then select "Setup".

Sample profile: Edward Slingerland, UBC faculty