Author identifiers are unique identifiers that allow authors distinguish themselves from other researchers and to unambiguously associate themselves with their work.
Author ambiguity in the scholarly community is a persistent problem due to:
|Scopus Author Identifier|
|What is it?||
Persistent digital identifiers for researchers
|Automatically generated identifier number within Scopus|
|Integrated with...||Open, non-profit community effort that has partnered with many universities, commercial research organizations, national funding agencies, publishers and professional societies||
|Create your own profile?||Yes||No, but can request to merge profiles if you have multiple Author Identifiers|
|How do I add publications to my profile?||
Import from partner organizations, e.g. Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, etc.
Import BibTex file of citations
Add via DOI, PubMed ID or ArcXiv ID
|You can only request that changes be made to your profile|
Add citations for ALL types of scholarly outputs, not just publications.
Add external identifiers, e.g. ResearcherID, Scopus Author Identifier
Link to other systems or profiles, e.g. NIH eRA Commons, SciENcv biosketch creation tool, Google Scholar, LinkedIn, and others
You choose what information to make public
Provides citation metrics
|Best used for...||
Managing research activities and author identifiers in one place
Ensures that your publications are properly attributed in Scopus
Allows others to easily locate your publications in Scopus
|Where can I get it?||
Create and Connect your ORCID to UNC-Chapel Hill via UNC ORCID Portal.
If not affiliated with UNC-Chapel Hill, register for free at ORCID
Check profile at Scopus
Follow these instructions for requesting corrections to your profile
Building your academic profile online can help demonstrate your authority and area of expertise, as well as, identify research interests and find potential collaborators. Creating and managing your own profile gives you control over the information available about you and ensures other researchers are finding correct and complete information about your research and career.
There are several different profile platforms available with slightly different focuses:
• Researcher Communities such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate
• Reference managment tools with social function such as Mendeley
• Search engines with author profiles such as Google Scholar, Scopus, and ResearcherID
|Google Scholar Citations||Research Gate||Academia.edu||Mendeley|
Profile and Author Identifier integrated into Scopus
Free to search but profile does not appear in mainstream search engines
Account automatically is created when author's first publication is indexed by Scopus
|No, only affliations and research interests||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Adding (semi) automatic||Yes, only articles indexed by Scopus are included||Yes (not always accurate)||PubMed, IEEE, Cite Seer, BMC||Crossref, Microsoft AS, PubMed, ArVix||Available via many search engines and when RIS or BibTeX files are available|
|Includes metrics||Yes||Yes||Yes||No traditional metrics but does show page and document views||Yes, but metrics are only visible to the profile owner|
|Number of Users||Unknown||Unknown||~5m||~15.5m||Over 2.5m|