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Faculty Toolkit: Scholarly Communication: Author Identifiers & Profiles


Why ORCiD?

What are author idenifiers and profiles?

Author identifiers help distinguish your work from other authors with similar names by assigning you a unique identifier to attach to your scholarly outputs.  Author identifiers assist with improving the accuracy of impact metrics.  Author profiles are websites created to help authors keep track of their scholarly outputs and may include impact metrics. 

There are many author identifier and profile services.  Some of the most popular include:

ORCiD: ORCiD is a free service that assigns authors unique persistent digital identifiers and provides a profile platform to list scholarly works. Institutional affiliations, links to author profile pages, and more can be added to an ORCiD profile.  ORCiDs are used by publishers, institutional repositories, and databases. Look for author names using the search box here.   Register for an ORCiD using this link.  View the video on the left to find out more about ORCiDs and their benefits.

ResearcherID:  An author identifier service is integrated into Clarivate's Web of Science database.   ResearcherID author records are connected to author profiles that include impact metrics.  If you have already published scholarly articles that are indexed in Web of Science, you may already have a temporary author record and id created for you.  To claim your record, search your name on Web of Science.  If you find a temporary record, click the "Claim My Record" button.  Otherwise, you can create a ResearcherID from scratch using the side-bar menu.  Note: you can sync your ORCiD profile with your ResearcherID profile.

Google Scholar:  Google Scholar provides an author profile service with some impact metrics.  Search for authors using the search box on Google Scholar.  Author profiles are listed at the top of the results list. 

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