Researcher profiles and IDs: Scholarly publishing

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Researcher profiles and IDs: Get credit for your work

When building an academic web presence, obtaining a researcher identification number (such as ORCID iD or ResearcherID) is an important place to start. Researcher identification numbers are unique keys that help distinguish between researchers who have the same name and provide persistent links back to your work. These platforms usually require limited upkeep as they automatically update when you publish new research. 


The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) provides authors with a unique numeric identifier to distinguish themselves from other researchers and automatically link their professional publications and activities. ORCID iDs persist throughout an author's scholarly career and ensure consistent, reliable attribution of their work.

ORCID is an independent non-profit effort to provide an open registry of unique researcher identifiers and open services to link research activities and organizations to these identifiers. Distinguish yourself with ORCID in 3 easy steps: Distinguish yourself with ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID.

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Register for a unique “ResearcherID” in Thomson Reuter’s Web of Science to ensure that you are correctly attributed for your research, manage your publications, and view scholarly metrics such as times cited and h-index. ResearcherID is compatible with ORCID. 

Register for a ResearcherID now. 

Scopus Author ID

Please note that SFU Library currently does not subscribe to Scopus.

Scopus Author ID is a unique identifier that Scopus automatically assigns to all authors who have published in a journal indexed in Scopus. Check here to see if you already have a Scopus ID. Scopus Author ID is interoperable with ORCID: Click here for instructions on how to send your Scopus publications to your ORCID record

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