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
- ResearcherID – ResearcherID 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 ID – Scopus 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.
Participation in ORCID is big and accelerating.
- 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.
- Register for an ORCID ID. After registering, create a profile and import your citations. You can import citations from many sources, including CrossRef, Web of Science, and Scopus. You can also add citations manually. The process takes only minutes to do.