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Research Publishing & Impact: Claim Your Name: Researcher IDs & Profiles

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Why do I need a researcher profile?

Publishers and funding agencies increasingly require researcher/author identifiers, so sorting out your identifiers and getting on top of your online profile now will save you time later on. Maintaining your profile/s: 

  • Connects you to your research outputs and eliminates name ambiguity
  • Improves the discoverability of your work
  • Links your outputs across multiple platforms
  • Allows you to find collaborators
  • Gives you access to citation metrics

The tools on this page can be used to establish and boost your online profile. 


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ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides you with a unique 16-digit ID that you keep throughout your career to connect you with your research. Your ORCID iD can be integrated in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, and supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities.

Your ORCID record (which is connected to your ORCID iD) can be populated with employment details, your education and qualifications, membership and service, publications as well as any funding you have received. You can also easily share data between your record and an increasing number of funding and publication platforms.

Sign up and learn More:

Getting started with your ORCID record

A guide to ORCID iD from Cambridge University Press

Importing publications into your ORCID record:

Direct import from other systems (e.g. Scopus)

Importing publications using a BibTeX file (e.g. from Google Scholar and Web of Science)

ORCID at Otago: Join the NZ ORCID Hub (staff only)

Otago academics can register for an ORCID iD through the NZ ORCID Hub, or link to the Hub using their existing ORCID iD. This authorises the university to verify your employment status in your ORCID record.

Google Scholar Profile

A Google Scholar Profile provides an easy way for others to find your research, and enables you to keep track of your publications and see the publications that cite your work. 

When you sign up, Google Scholar will generate a list of your publications from sources it indexes and also displays your h-index. Your list of publications can be updated automatically or be reviewed and manually updated. Co-authors can also be added to promote collaborations. And, if you set your profile to ‘public’, it will appear in Google Scholar search results.

You can also export publications from your Google Scholar Profile into your ORCID record using a BibTeX file (instructions here).

Sign up and learn More:

Google Scholar Profile Overview and Help Pages

Scopus Author ID



You do not have to sign up for a Scopus Author ID or Profile, as authors are automatically assigned an ID when they publish in a journal indexed by Scopus (Elsevier's abstract and citation database). Scopus Author ID:

  • helps distinguish between authors who share common names
  • standardises variations of your name across publications
  • tracks citations to your works in the Scopus database
  • enables your h-index to be displayed on your Scopus Author Profile

To check if you have a Scopus Author ID and Profile, login to Scopus via the Databases page and select "Author search". See the links below for help with Scopus Author ID and what to do if you need to make corrections to your profile. 

You can also easily connect to your ORCID iD, which means your works in Scopus will automatically appear in your ORCID record.

Learn more:

Scopus Author ID: 5 fast steps

Scopus Tutorial: How to make corrections to your author profile

Web of Science ResearcherID

Web of Science, like Scopus, assigns a ResearcherID to authors who publish in journals that it indexes. Your ResearcherID connects you to your publications across the Web of Science ecosystem.

Web of Science's ResearcherID and Researcher Profiles have replaced Publons. A Web of Science Researcher Profile allows you to track your publications and citation metrics, as well as showcase your editing and peer review work. With a Researcher Profile you can also:

Learn more:

"How to" guide for Researcher Profiles: Showcasing your research to advance your career

Link your ResearcherID and Researcher Profile to your ORCID record

Web of Science Help page; Researcher Profiles 

Further help

For further help with your online profiles please contact your Librarian at your campus library.