A researcher or author identifier uniquely identifies a researcher in a specific digital space or information system, such as a citation database (like Web of Science or Scopus). Some information systems are able to communicate and exchange information with each other. Identifiers may be aligned with or act as an author profile, which allows a researcher to maintain an online presence, track citations, and manage their scholarly record.
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an international, interdisciplinary, open, and not-for-profit organization that provides a registry of persistent unique identifiers for researchers. Your ORCID iD distinguishes you from other researchers and makes sure your work is recognized.
The ORCID iD is a 16-digit number that is compatible with the ISO Standard (ISO 27729), also known as the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), e.g. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-2345-6789. Your ORICD iD is fully owned and controlled by you.
ORCID is not a social media platform, nor a profile system, nor an online CV or content repository, but it does connect with many other tools that fulfill these functions. Learn more here.
There are several ways that you can add works to your record:
The Scopus Author Identifier is a is a unique number that is offered by Scopus, Elsevier's abstract and citation database. The Scopus Author Identifier assigns each author a unique ID and groups together all of teh documents written by that author. This generates an author profile which includes identifiers, list of documents associated with an author, citations, h-index, and subject areas.
You are able to export your Scopus profile to SciVal (Elsevier), a product that offers visualization of research performance, benchmark relative to peers, develop collaborative partnerships and analyze research trends.
Scopus automatically creates an author identifier number for each author using an algorithm that matches associated documents based on the author's affiliation, subject area, city or country, dates of publication, citations, and co-authors. Read more about how authors are matched and how associated documents are grouped.
Only material that is indexed by Scopus can be added to your Scopus Profile. Refer to the Scopus content coverage policy to learn more about what is indexed.
You must contact Scopus to add/remove documents or correct information in your author profile. Scopus offers details on how to correct this information.
Does the Scopus Author Identifier work with ORCID?
ResearcherID is a unique identifier offered through the Web of Science and owned by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thompson Reuters). It is used to track researcher output and to update publication records in Web of Science, also ensuring correct author attribution and disambiguation. The Web of Science ResearcherID is used to keep publications synchronized across the Web of Science Group suite of solutions: Web of Science, InCites, Converis, and Publons.
There are several ways that you can add publications to Publons:
As of April 2019, all public ResearcherIDs moved to Publons. Publons is the new environment where researchers can benefit from an improved Web of Science ResearcherID. Features available:
your papers receive post-publication peer reviews;
peer reviews are scored by editors or fellow experts; and
papers you reviewed are published and where to read them
Ability to follow others' publications
Any publications you add to your Publons profile will then be linked to your Web of Science ResearcherID when anyone searches for you on Web of Science. Please allow up to two weeks for changes you make on Publons to be reflected on Web of Science.
Learn more about Publons Researcher Profiles
Google Scholar Citations is a way for authors to keep track of citations to their research output, owned by Google. Google Scholar Citations is powered by the Google Scholar search engine, which allows a researcher to find a variety of materials, including peer-reviewed academic journal articles and books, conference proceedings, pre-prints, abstracts, and grey literature. Its coverage of material is broad, but there is no criteria for what gets selected as output you can attribute to your profile.
Metrics available: h-index, i10-index and the total number of citations. Learn more about citations to your output on Google.
Your profile is automatically set to private and is visible to only you unless you make your profile public.
Google Scholar Citations automatically searches the Google Scholar index for scholarly output that is attributed to your name.
Does Google Scholar Citations work with ORCID or other researcher identifiers?
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