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Researcher Profiles: Author IDs

An overview of Researcher ID and Author profile management tools


Open Researcher and Contributor ID (Iaunched in June 2010) aims at creating a central registry of persistent author identifiers and at integrating research output to the contributor ID. 

Registration is free. A step by step guide to registering is available. ORCID allows easy import of works from ResearcherID. Privacy setting (public, trusted parties, only me) is controlled by the individual.

Benefits of setting up an ORCID ID to researchers:

  • Eliminate name ambiguity
  • Maintain a single ID for manuscript submissions, grant applications, data set depositions
  • Improve discoverability of your research
  • Get updates and credit for your work.

ORCID has partnerships with many publishers and organizations. See a list of ORCID Member organizations including research organizations, publishers, funders, professional associations, and other stakeholders in the research ecosystem. 


Video Tutorials

We recommend that authors create an ORCID ID and then check their profiles in ResearcherID (Web of Science), Google Scholar Citations, and Microsoft Academic Search. 


ResearcherID is a precedent of ORCID launched in January 2008 by Thomson Reuters (Web of Science) as a solution for author disambiguation. Its registry has over 270,000 profiles. All public ResearchIDs were moved to Publons in April 2019.

Each ResearcherID member is assigned a unique identifier to enable the researcher to:

  • avoid author variant issues,
  • assemble your publication lists,
  • track your citation counts and h-index
  • identify potential collaborators.

Because ResearcherID integrates with Web of Science  and EndNote Web, you can claim your publications easily. These publications will then automatically be updated within Web of Science, making content you have produced attributable to you.

Additionally, ResearcherID is compliant with ORCID, allowing users to link to their ORCID profiles and to associate publications from Web of Science to ORCID profiles.

Registration for ResearcherID is free. Privacy settings for the ResearcherID profile are controlled by the individual.

ResearchID FAQ


Publishers Requiring ORCID

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Citations allow authors to set up their Google Scholar profiles (no ID is assigned) with an option of collecting publication lists and keeping a track of citations (computed automatically by Google Scholar), graph citations over time and create email alerts "to follow" new citations of articles of interest. You can find articles in Google Scholar, export from EndNote or add items manually to your profile. You can choose to update your list of articles automatically by Google Scholar or manually by you. Other features are adding a link to your webpage and inviting co-authors.

Google Scholar Citations automatically calculate three metrics: h-index, i10-index and the total number of citations.

i10-Index indicates the number of publications with at least 10 citations (introduced by Google Scholar in July 2011).

Privacy settings for the Google Scholar profile are controlled by the individual. Making it public will appear in Google Scholar search results.

Google Scholar Citations Help.