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).

ORCID Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier.  In ORCID Registry, the researcher may maintain his/her publication list and transfer publication information automatically from ACRIS.


  • ORCID allows you to distinguish yourself from other researchers and helps you to get credit from your own work. It keeps your information even if your name or organization changes.
  • ORCID is interoperable with many research systems (e.g. ACRIS, Scopus, Crossref) and information can be transferred between the systems.
  • Some research publishers (e.g. PLOS ONE, Science) and research funders require researchers to have ORCID.
  • Finnish Research Information Hub uses ORCID to link researchers to their research outputs.
  • ORCID will, over time, reduce the need to enter the same personal and publication data into different systems.

More information about ORCID on website

Use ORCID id:

  • alongside the names of authors of scientific publications and other research output
  • when peer reviewing
  • to link various reference database IDs (ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID)
  • on your own website or blog
  • in your email signature, CV, and other services that handle information pertaining to your research

Connecting your ORCID with ACRIS

To add and connect your ORCID identifier to ACRIS:

  1. Log in to your ACRIS profile
  2. In Personal Identification section click
  • ORCID - Create or connect your ORCID ID or
  • ORCID - Authorise export of content to ORCID 
  1. You will be taken to Log in to your ORCID account or register if you don't have an ORCID yet
  2. You will be taken back to your ACRIS profile after you have logged in or registered to ORCID. Remember to click Save in your ACRIS profile

ACRIS will export the following content to your ORCID profile on daily basis:

  • Institutional organisational affiliation
  • Other personal identifiers (e.g. Scopus author ID, Researcher ID)
  • Your ACRIS profile URL
  • Your research outputs, where:
    • the publication status is either 'E-pub ahead of print' or 'Published'
    • the visibility of the record is 'Public - No restriction'
    • the workflow step is at least 'Validated'

Check your publication list in ORCID. If you have imported publications from more that one source, it's possible that you have duplicates. If this happens, you can remove duplicates manually.

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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