Author Identifiers-Scholarly Communications - Carnegie Mellon University

Author Identifiers

Author identifiers disambiguate authors with the same or similar name.  Because they persist even if you change your name, switch fields, or relocate, having an author identifier ensures that your work is discovered and attributed to you.  An identifier will simplify updating your CV or preparing an annual report because it streamlines the process of compiling a bibliography of your work.  Searchable author identifier registries contain researcher profiles and lists of citations.

Types of Author Identifiers

  • ResearcherIDResearcherID is Thomson Reuters’ registry of unique author identifiers limited to authors with work indexed in Web of Science.  ResearcherID adds dynamic citation metrics from Web of Science.  Authors must register for a ResearcherID.
  • Scopus IDScopus automatically assigns a unique author identifier to all authors of content in the Scopus database and generates a publication list associated with each identifier.  If you have an ORCID, Scopus will automatically keep your ORCID bibliography up to date.
  • ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) – ORCID is a non-profit, platform agnostic registry of unique author identifiers.  Some of the world's largest publishers, funders, and institutions have adopted ORCID.  Publishers are increasingly collecting or requiring ORCID IDs with manuscript submission, and those with their own author identifiers are integrating and exchanging ORCIDs to populate researcher profiles.  The University Libraries has launched the ORCID Initiative @ CMU to acquire ORCID IDs for CMU researchers.  Alternatively, authors can register for an ORCID ID themselves.

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             Participation in ORCID is big and accelerating.

Recommended Actions

  1. If your publications are indexed in Web of Science, register for a ResearcherID and build a list of your publications in Web of Science.  The process takes only minutes to do.    
  2. If you do not have an ORCID ID, go to, click the Create My ORCID button, authenticate with your Andrew ID, and then follow the brief instructions.  Your ORCID ID will be created and linked with your Andrew ID in Carnegie Mellon's identity management system.

    If you already have an ORCID ID, go to, click the Provide Existing ORCID button, and follow the brief instructions to link your ORCID ID with your Andrew ID in Carnegie Mellon's identity management system.

  • Protects your unique identity
  • Supports any scholarly output
  • Provides access control
  • Interacts with other services
  • Facilitates finding collaborators
  • Getting an ORCID ID takes 30 seconds at
  • Participation is big and accelerating

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researchers benefit

  • Institutions - track the productivity of researchers
  • Publishers - identify possible editors or reviewers
  • Conference organizers - identify possible speakers

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others benefit

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