Researcher Identification

Researcher identification and Research Profiles

Researcher identifiers aim to lessen the problems caused by ambiguity in researcher names. For example, common surnames, the changing of names and characters which don’t appear in English are making the evaluation and following of scholarly work more difficult. Identifiers make it much easier to process and administer publication information.


ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. The ORCID community includes individual researchers, publishers (e.g. Nature Publishing Group and Elsevier), universities and research institutions (e.g. MIT and CERN) and societies (e.g. APS and OSA).

The ORCID Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier.  In ORCID Registry, the researcher may maintain his/hers publication list and transfer publication information automatically through ResearcherID, ​​the Scopus Author ID and Crossref Metadata Search. At the moment it is not possible to transfer publication information directly from ACRIS to ORCID.


  • ORCID allows you to distinguish yourself from other researchers and helps you to get credit from your own work
  • ORCID is a persistent identifier that keeps your information even if your name or organization changes
  • Ministry of Education, publishers and research funders use ORCID as an identifier in their services


ResearcherID is a unique identifier and it helps associating each researcher with his or her published work. With ResearcherID each scholar can maintain and share their publication list and citation information.

4 steps for creating your own ResearcherID:

1. Register at and receive your personal ID.

2. Make sure your profile contains “Aalto University, Dept. of…” as an affiliation. You can also add your past affiliations in your profile.

3. Identify your papers in the Web of Science databases and link them to your ResearcherID. You can also add publications using EndNote Web or by uploading RIS file (e.g. from RefWorks citation manager). Please notice that ResearcherID can calculate the citation data only from the Web of Science databases: the citation metrics will not be transferred from other databases and the H-index is based only on the data from Web of Science.

4. Remember to update your profile after publishing new papers.

ResearcherID -service for professors:

Management Information Services also has a ResearcherID -service for Aalto University professors. If you would like to have your own ResearcherID created and updated on your behalf, we kindly ask you to contact: [email protected]

See also:

How to create ResearcherID (video):

ResearcherID: How to add and edit publications (video):

How to add publications from RIS file (pdf): Adding Publications from RIS file

For more information about ResearcherID in Aalto: [email protected]

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is the most significant freely available scientific information search service. You can also create your own profile and link your publications to correct profile. Unlike ResearcherID and ORCID, Google Scholar does not provide a unique researcher identifier which could be used when making searches.

This service is provided by:

Research and Innovation Services

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