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Measure Your Research Impact: Author Identifiers & Profiles

Learn how to measure the impact of your research.

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Library Data Services

Library Data Services caters to researchers interested in working with data, mapping, texts, visualization, and technology. Many of these services are available online. Davis Library Data Services, located on the second floor of Davis Library, offers:

  • A computing lab with specialized software for GIS and data visualization & analysis.
  • Walk-in assistance provided by knowledgeable student consultants during set hours
  • Consultations with specialists for more in-depth inquiries (by appointment).
  • Spaces for collaboration and presentation, complete with white boards and external displays.
  • Technology short courses and programs that promote digital scholarship.

What are Author Identifiers?

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:

  • One author publishing under multiple variations of the same name
  • Common names
  • Name changes, e.g. marriage
  • Cultural differences in naming

  Distinguish Yourself!                     

Learn More About Author Identifiers

Comparison of Author Identifiers


(Open Researcher & Contributor ID)

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

Enter manually

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

Grant and manuscript submissions: many publishers and funding organizations have implemented or are planning to implement ORCID.

NIH now requires ORCID for certain awards.

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

Create an ORCID


Author Profiles

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, ResearchGate

• Reference managment tools with social function such as Mendeley

• Search engines with author profiles such as Google Scholar, Scopus, and ResearcherID

Comparison of Author Profile Sites




Google Scholar Citations Research Gate 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

Profile Profile Profile Profile


No, only affliations and research interests Yes Yes Yes
Publication List Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Linked Publications Yes Yes Possible Possible 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
Social Media No No Yes Yes No
Number of Users Unknown Unknown ~5m ~15.5m Over 2.5m

Correcting Your Author Profile