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Researcher Profile: Other Research Identities


Some of the other more popular research identifiers are Google Scholar, Author ID from Scopus and Researcher ID from Web of Science.

Remember to check with your School, colleagues or professional bodies for their recommendations about preferred researcher profile platforms in your discipline..


Google Scholar

A Google Scholar profile can be set up by you, the author. The profile lists your publications and citations, and presents your h-index and i10-index.  There may be some inflation in the citation figures due to duplication and author misidentification. 

You will need a Google Account to create a Google Scholar Profile.  Profiles can be made public and therefore discoverable by other researchers and prospective employers. Profile owners can choose to have new 'matching' records automatically added to their Profile, or receive an email alert before new records are added (recommended).

Google Scholar automatically generates a persistent link for public profiles, that can be used by authors to promote their research.

Find out more about creating a Google Scholar Profile .


Publons (Web of Science) formerly ResearcherID

Publons is a new profile created by Clarivate, the new providers of Web of Science 

Existing ResearcherID identifiers, claimed publication history and other ResearcherID account information will be moved to Publons. All existing links to ResearcherIDs will redirect to the new Web of Science ResearcherID, hosted on Publons, including from any ResearcherID badges created.

‚ÄčWhen publications are imported to your new Publons profile, they will be automatically matched against existing WoS data, and any citation counts will be displayed with the record.

For New researchers, find out more about Publons, or create your new profile now.

The Publons profile has the added feature showing the researchers peer review activities. For more information on this, and how to report peer review activities to Publons see Reviewer/Editor Profiles information in this guide.

Author ID (Scopus)

A Scopus Author ID is generated when a record associated with that author is added to the Scopus database.  It allows Scopus to group together all of the articles by an author.  This is especially useful for authors with common names, eg., Smith, Mary or Chan, Lee.

Authors should verify that Scopus has linked publications to the correct Author ID. Authors can submit a request to Scopus asking them to make changes. 

Find out more about Scopus Author ID.