Scopus Author ID
Google Scholar Citation Profile
Best Practices

Whether you are just starting out in your academic career or already an experienced and well published researcher, it is crucial for you to establish an author identity so that you can receive due recognition for all your research and publications. Some scenarios that can cause confusion about authors are common names, name variations, name changes and change of affiliations. In fact, the sooner you set up a consistent author identifier the better. By setting up these author profiles you will ensure that you are credited with your work as you are publishing. Then, when your research output is measured you can be assured that all your good work is recognised. The main identifiers that you can start with are ORCID, ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, and Google Scholar Citation Profile.


 The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a persistent, unique digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers with the same (or very similar) name. ORCID is basically a centralised registry of unique identifiers and its aim is to solve the author/contributor name ambiguity problem in scholarly communication. You can integrate it into workflows like manuscript and grant submission. It can also be integrated with Web of Science or Scopus. Publications from Google Scholar can also be imported into ORCID. Some grant agencies and publishers are requiring authors to have an ORCID, which works across databases and other research sites. Once created, your ORCID record will contain your ORCID identifier and some other non-sensitive information such as name, organisation, and research activities. An example of an ORCID can be found here.

How Do I Create an ORCID?

To register for an ORCID, please see the following:

  1. First go to: https://orcid.org/register
  2. Fill in all the necessary information.

How to import publications from ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID and other platforms into ORCID

  1. Login to your ORCID record.
  2. Under Works section, click on "+ Add works" and then "Search & link".
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to send your papers to ORCID.

How to import Google Scholar publications into ORCID

  1. Login to your ORCID record.
  2. Under Works section, click "+ Add works" and then "Import BibTeX".
  3. Follow these instructions: http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/390530

How to add papers manually in ORCID

  1. Login to your ORCID record. 
  2. Under Works section, click "+ Add works" and then “+ Add manually”.
  3. Enter information manually to add papers to your profile.

Why register for an ORCID iD?

Setting up your ORCID iD


ResearcherID is a unique identifier that allows researchers to manage their publication lists, track their times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators and avoid author mis-identification. In addition, if you have publications that are generally indexed by Web of Science, it would be useful to have a ResearcherID account as well as an ORCID. This is because your ResearcherID information integrates with the Web of Science and is ORCID compliant. Hence, it is easy to transfer information between the two profiles. By having a ResearcherID, you can review variants of your author name to collect all of your publications together in Web of Science for inclusion in ORCID.

An example of a ResearcherID can be found here.

How Do I Create a ResearcherID?

To register for a ResearcherID, please see the following:

  1. First go to: http://www.researcherid.com/SelfRegistration.action
  2. Request for a registration link using your name and email.





Author Identifiers in the Web of Science: ResearcherID and ORCID

ResearcherID: Creating a Researcher ID

Scopus Author ID

Scopus Author ID is another identifier used specifically by the Scopus database and has many of the same features as the ResearcherID in that it helps manage publication lists and citations. Scopus automatically assigns a unique author identifier to all authors of content in the Scopus database. If you have an ORCID, Scopus will automatically keep your ORCID.

An example of a Scopus Author ID can be found here.

ORCID and Scopus: Manage your author profile

Google Scholar Citation Profile

A Google Scholar Citations profile contains your name, chosen keywords of research interest, generated citation metrics, and citations (including links to citing articles). By making your profile public, it may also appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.

An example of a Google Scholar Citation Profile can be found here.

To set up your Google Scholar Citations Profile, please refer to the help page here.

Making the best use of your author identifiers:

  • Include them in your email signature, your website, blog, etc.
  • Include in your publications submissions.
  • Update your publications on the various platforms after publishing a new article. Though it might seem a little troublesome, I am sure it is a happy problem that you do not mind handling!