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What is a Scholar ID?

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Scholar Identifiers

You may have come across this term before. As scholarly publishing, particularly online publishing, increases there are a larger number of researchers that share similar names or who might have changed their names over time. This can hinder others from discovering their research and create problems with publications being incorrectly attributed to the wrong author or contributor. Organizations and publishers have created scholar identifiers to help cope with this problem; to disambiguate similar author names. These identifiers are unique identification numbers that are used to attribute publications, presentations, and more with a single author regardless of the format of that author's name in the publication (e.g. J. Smith; John Smith; John M. Smith).

How do I pick/create a Scholar Identifier?

There are a few different identifiers that you can use to help disambiguate your publications from someone with a name similar to yours. The most common identifiers are included below, along with some brief information. Some identifiers even integrate, or work with, one another to help reduce the amount of profiles that you as researcher have to manage.

 

What is ORCID?

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The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) registry provides unique, persistent, non-proprietary identifiers for researchers, creators, and contributors of all types. Your ORCID iD moves with you throughout your career, improving attribution and visibility of your grants, research, scholarship, and creative and entrepreneurial activities. The use of ORCID iDs is fast becoming standard in academia, and many publishers and funders now require them. They are free to obtain, and once up and running, make it easy to connect with CrossRefImpactStoryScopusPublons, and others. Have an NCBI account? Link your ORCID profile and use the information to populate your SciENcv profile

Getting Started with ORCID

For an extensive tutorial in obtaining and using an ORCID iD, including more reasons why its important to have one, check out the below video and UNLV's LibGuide.

What is ResearcherID?

ResearcherID is a unique identifier, similar to ORCID, created by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) for use within the Web of Science databases. This identifier is used to disambiguate author names and provide persistent identification for authors, creators, and contributors. Researchers can use this to claim their scholarly works in the Web of Science databases, track their research impact by times cited and the H-index, and identify potential collaborators.

Getting Started with Researcher ID

Creating a ResearcherID account is free, and fairly simple. First, you need to go to the registration page and fill out the registration form. Next, you can use the information that is emailed to you, along with the FAQ page to complete your account and begin adding your scholarly works from Web of Science.

Scopus ID

The Scopus Author Identifier is a unique proprietary identifier, similar to ResearcherID, created by Scopus and Elsevier. This identifier creates a unique profile for an author and then compiles all of the varieties of names used by that author into one place (e.g. John Smith; J. Smith; J. M. Smith). An author profile is created automatically by Scopus using an algorithm, however, authors can claim their profiles and provide feedback on incorrect names or works associated with their profiles.

Getting Started with Scopus

Scopus automatically creates a profile for you, if it has your publications within its database. So to begin reviewing your profile, visit Scopus and create an account. Next, follow the steps provided in the Author Identifier FAQ page to update and remove errors from your author profile.

Integrating Identifiers

Several platforms and identifiers now offer integration with one another, which makes it easier on you, as the researcher, to keep track of publications and where they are being displayed. Profile integration also makes it easier for you to point your institution, potential collaborators, students you teach, and others to one place so they can review your previous scholarly works. Check out the information below to find out more!

ResearcherID and ORCID

Authors can now integrate their ResearcherID and ORCID accounts. This is an important integration because ORCID identifiers travel with authors throughout their careers and aren't associated with a specific platform. This integration allows researchers to exchange data about their scholarly work between Web of Science and ORCID quickly and easily.

ORCID has a tutorial on how to import your Web of Science profile using your ResearcherID, which can be found here.

Below is a demo video by Clarivate Analytics on how to integrate ORCID into your existing ResearcherID account.

Scopus Author ID and ORCID

Authors can also integrate their Scopus Author ID profiles with their ORCID account. Integration with ORCID is helpful for researchers wanting to consolidate their identifiers. Once you have integrated Scopus and ORCID, Scopus will automatically begin exporting data about new publications onto your ORCID account.

Scopus Author ID and Mendeley

Scopus and Mendeley are both owned by the Elsevier publishing corporation, which means that there is some integration between the two platforms. In order to integrate your Scopus Author ID into your Mendeley account, you will first need to have an existing account with Mendeley. Once you login to your account, follow the instructions provided from Elsevier to integrate the two accounts.

To find out more about Mendeley, including how to create an account and what you can use the platform for, check out UNLV's LibGuide.

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