The main problem addressed by author identifiers is ambiguity of author names. Ambiguities may be caused by frequently occurring names and surnames (e.g. John Smith) which make it difficult to distinguish between authors and correctly identify publications written by the relevant author. Author identifiers give you a way to reliably and unambiguously connect your name(s) with your work.
Author identifiers have the following advantages:
- Your publications will be searchable by your name, regardless of the used version of the name and regardless of other authors whose name is identical to yours
- Make it easy for others (grant funders, other researchers etc.) to find your research output
- Ensure that your work is clearly attributed to you
ORCID and others
The most recognized system for administering unique author identifiers is ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), a non-profit organization that aims to create a central registry of unique author identifiers.
Another identfier, associated with the Web of Science database, is ResearcherID. Scopus uses Scopus Author ID. Scopus Author ID is created automatically. So if your name has appeared in publications in various forms (e.g. changed surname after marriage, with/without middle name, with/without accented characters) during your authoring career or you’ve changed affiliations, your publications may be spread over a number of different author profiles. ORCID includes a mechanism to link between different author ID schemes, such as ResearcherID or Scopus Author ID.
TBU Library recommedation
We recommend to TBU researchers to register for an ORCID ID and associate their ResearcherID and Scopus Author ID with ORCID ID.
Related library services:
- managing and updating the list of publications in your ORCID ID profile (from Scopus automatically, from Web of Science upon request)
- managing and updating the list of publications in your ResearcherID account (we already manage account for over a hundred TBU researchers)
For more information about ORCID ID and ResearcherID, details about setting up these identifiers and profile options, please follow these links: