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.
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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

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 Publons ResearcherID and ORCID, Google Scholar does not provide a unique researcher identifier which could be used when making searches.

Publons ResearcherID

Please read more about Publons ResearcherID on Leadership Support Services page.

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Publons ResearcherID

Publons is the new environment where you can benefit from the improved Web of Science ResearcherID. Publons is a free service by Clarivate Analytics that makes it easy for researchers to track their publications, citation metrics, peer reviews, and journal editing work in one place.

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