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Research Impact & Researcher Identity

Your Researcher Identity

What is a researcher identifier? 

A researcher identifier (researcher ID) is a unique identification number that stays with you through your career and:

  • Ensures your work is properly credited
  • Makes your publications easy to search
  • Helps you analyze your research impact


Using a researcher ID also benefits funding bodies, research institutions and universities, publishers, and other researchers by:

  • Allowing ​funding bodies to view a researcher’s work before funding is granted and track work after funding is granted
  • Helping research institutions and universities track their researcher's publications
  • Maintaining publisher's author records and manuscript submissions

Common researcher identifiers


Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID iD) assigns you a digital identifier to use with your name when you produce research. Your ORCID iD distinguishes you from other researchers and makes sure your work is recognized.

  • ORCID iD is free and easy to register 
  • Link your ORCID iD with other researcher IDs, including ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, and LinkedIn
  • Populate your ORCID profile by importing your research from other databases, including Scopus and Web of Science
  • Choose your privacy settings for each of your research entries 

Learn more about getting started with your ORCID iD.



ResearcherID is a researcher identifier offered through Thomson Reuters. ResearcherID helps you: 

  • Manage your publication lists
  • Track your citation counts and h-index
  • Identify potential collaborators
  • Avoid author misidentification

ResearcherID integrates with ORCID iD to help you claim and showcase your publications from a single account. 

Learn more about integrating your ResearcherID and ORCID iD


Scopus Author ID

Scopus Author ID is a researcher identifier offered through Scopus, one of the largest citation databases of peer reviewed literature. The program also has tools to help you track, analyze, and visualize scholarly research. 

You are automatically assigned a Scopus Author ID when you publish in a journal that has been indexed by Scopus. 

Scopus Author Profiles can be used by other scholars or funding bodies to view your:

  • Subject areas
  • Affiliation history and co-authors
  • Analyze your research output
  • View your h-index, h-graph, and citation overview.

You can also integrate your Scopus Author ID with your ORCID iD.

Researcher profiling tools

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Citations allows you to create a 'Researcher Profile' on the Google Scholar platform.

Using your Researcher Profile you can track and manage your citations and research contributions. The profile tracks research metrics such as:

  • H-index
  • i10-index 
  • Total citations 

If you choose to have make your profile public, other researchers, institutions, and funding bodies can view your publications, metrics, and subscribe to updates when Google Scholar indexes new articles.

Google Scholar Citations does not integrate directly with your ORCID iD, but you can export publication information from Google Scholar onto your ORCID profile.  


Impactstory Profiles

Impactstory Profiles allows you to create a profile that similar to Google Scholar, except there is an emphasis on tracking the online reach of your research. This profiling tool allows you to track activity on Twitter, blogs, news outlets and more. A Twitter account is needed to create a profile.