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Research metrics and publishing: Author IDs & Profiles

Distinguish yourself

To get credit for all of your research outputs they must be correctly attributed to you. Author ambiguity may occur due to a name change during a career, differences in publisher formatting of names, and researchers with same or similar names.

Author identifier tools

Unique author identifiers are important as a means of distinguishing yourself from others.
Three key author identifier tools are:

  • ORCID (Open researcher and contributor ID)
    Creating a free ORCID account gives you a unique 16 digit identification number that can be used to link you to your work.  Publication information can be manually added or imported from databases. ORCID can be easily linked to other identifiers such as those from Web of Science or Scopus, and provides an internationally recognised unique identifier.
  • Web of Science ResearcherID
    Web of Science ResearcherID is a unique identifier for researchers on Publons.  Register on Publons and import your publications from the Web of Science to become eligible for a Web of Science ResearcherIDAny 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 ScienceAccess your Publon profile in Web of Sciencefrom the "My Tools" drop-down option; or directly from the Publons website. Online help: Authors/Researchers and FAQs.
  • Scopus Author Identifier
    Scopus automatically assigns authors an author identifier and associates authors with their publications. To find your author ID, login to Scopus and use Author search to find your profile. (Note: If all of your publications are not listed under a single profile, you can request to merge them). Publication lists are updated automatically from Scopus content (Note: content not indexed in Scopus cannot be added). Citation metrics are available from 1996.

Academic profiles and professional networks

There are many academic and professional networking sites which provide a platform to:

  • Create a profile to increase the visibility and accessibility of your research output
  • Share papers and follow colleagues or peers to view their research, identify potential collaborators and
    grow your network
  • Generate citation metrics which indicate the reach of your work

Social networks can augment traditional means of scholarly communication, but with so many options available you should be clear on why you are using them and what you hope to achieve. 

Make sure you understand the shortcomings if you choose to entrust your research to a networking site -  papers uploaded may not be able to be removed if you change your mind late
r, and you (and those in your contact lists) may be subject to unsolicited emails or spam.

Google Scholar Profile

Industry leaders and other employers may search for potential employees with the talent they are looking for using internet search engines. Having a Google Scholar profile means that you are discoverable and have a platform to present your unique skills and expertise. Create a profile using the "My Citations" link in Google Scholar. Content can be updated automatically or manually. Make your profile Public so it appears in Google Scholar results. Google Scholar citation metrics can often appear inflated in comparison with ResearcherID and Scopus Author ID. This is a well recognised issue so it is important to clean up your record and remove incorrect entries.

Your profile can help you stay up to date with when you've been cited. Simply use the "Follow" feature and "Create alert" so you'll get an email whenever you receive a citation.

You can also stay up to date with key peers or collaborators. Go to their Google Scholar profile page and click "Follow new articles" or "Follow new citations" to receive an email every time they receive a new citation or publish a new article.

Publons is a free service for researchers to track and demonstrate their impact as authors, journal editors, and peer reviewers, in one place. 
Manage the information on your public profile to make it easy for administrators, funders, journal editors and fellow researchers to see your bio, top publications, citation metrics, peer review history, and journal editing work. 
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 SciencePublons uses the Web of Science Core Collection — 21,000 journals hand-selected and reevaluated by expert editors — to calculate citation counts and h-indices.

Find out more is a for-profit company. It is an academic networking site that allows you to:

  • Create a profile that will appear in Google searches
  • Upload full-text publications (within copyright) that will be indexed by Google Scholar
  • Add your CV as well as presentations, blog posts, websites and other non-traditional research outputs
  • Nominate your research interests to customise your newsfeed and follow like-minded scholars
  • Access your analytics page that provides an overview of visitors and metrics on views.
  • Introduced in 2016 a 'premium' service that charges members money for citation data analysis:
    "Academia Premium also includes features such as Mentions, Readers, Advanced Search and Extra Analytics, in addition to Searches." 

For examples see Monash University on

More than 51 million academics have signed up with worldwide.


ResearchGate is a for-profit company. It provides a free social network for scientists in which you can:

  • Create a detailed profile
  • Upload full-text publications (within copyright), or upload work for comment or review
  • Nominate your research expertise and endorse researchers in your network
  • Follow scholars or topics, comment or review the work of others, and ask and answer research questions
  • Track engagement with your work through citations or views, find who is reading your work and their country and institution.

ResearchGate has more than 12 million researchers.

SSRN is a global collaborative composed of 24 research networks, which aims to make social science research rapidly available and to facilitate direct communication amongst authors and readers. SSRN is owned by Elsevier.
The SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database where you can upload your abstracts, and an Electronic Paper Collection where you can upload your full papers. Registered users can download these for free. 
  • Create a detailed Author Home Page
  • Share your research publications (within copyright) - full text publications are indexed by Google Scholar
  • Interact with others in your field of interest
  • Access analytics such as the number of downloads and citations for your documents

Humanities Commons Network is a project of the office of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association.
It's development was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • a non-profit network for Humanities scholars
  • create a profile
  • share and discuss papers
  • also has an open access repository
  • promotes open access, open source research


Mendeley is a free reference manager and an academic social network owned by Elsevier.

  • Create a profile and showcase your work
  • Store and organise your research, and share work (within copyright) publicly or privately
  • Follow other members and create and participate in public and private groups
  • Measure your article performance with a range of authoritative metrics, including downloads and citations
  • Altmetrics data displayed in a PlumAnalytics print for all Mendeley members

LinkedIn and LinkedIn for Higher Ed Professionals

LinkedIn is a global, career and industry oriented, social networking service for all professionals. LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft.

Employers can post jobs and job seekers can post their CVs. LinkedIn profiles may be ranked highly in search engine results.

LinkedIn users include businesses and individuals who can create profiles and connections to others who may represent their real-world professional relationships.

Users can invite anyone to make a connection. It is recommended that users only accept connection requests from people that they know, or from those for which the connection may be mutually beneficial. ​

LinkedIn has more than 300 million registered users.


Twitter is a micro-blogging information network that allows users to send and read posts of up to 280 characters, known as “tweets”. 

Both individuals and organisations use Twitter to communicate, network and keep up-to-date with their areas of interest. For researchers, Twitter can be used to:

  • 'Follow' other Twitter users or entities to network, or stay up-to-date with news, events or breakthroughs 
  • Easily access the discussions at conferences or events by following 'hashtags
  • Promote and share your research outputs, projects or ideas via 'tweets'
  • Engage with other researchers via 'retweets' or responses to tweets

    For more information see the Altmetrics Libguide


How to create a Google Scholar profile

It is easy to set up a Google Scholar profile to showcase your work and to make it more discoverable.

How to create an ORCID indentifier

Set up a free, permanent, unique ORCiD identifier. Your ORCiD ID can easily link with other researcher ID schemes.

ORCID and Monash

You can also create an ORCID ID through the link provided on your personal profile in Pure.
Adding an ORCID ID will increase the accuracy of the harvest of research outputs from Scopus into Pure.

If you have linked your personal profile in Pure with your ORCID, updates to your outputs in Pure can be automatically pushed to ORCID.

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