Researcher profiles and IDs can be used to:
Reduce Author Ambiguity
Many authors have similar names. Author Identifiers distinguish between these names by assigning each author a unique number and grouping together all of the documents written by that author.
This feature is especially useful for distinguishing between authors who share very common names.
Additionally, author names can be formatted differently. For example, the same author could appear in one document as Lewis, M; in another as Lewis, M.J; and in another as Lewis, Michael. Author Identifiers match the documents of this author and groups these name variants together so that authors, even if cited differently, are identified with their specific papers.
This helps you find and recognize an author, despite variations in name spelling.
Manage Affiliation Changes
As you pursue opportunities at different organisations and institutions around the world throughout your career, you can ensure that all of your research outputs are still attributed correctly to you and that your work can be found by others.
Improve Administrative Efficiency
Institutions, publishers and funders expect to be able to make use of authors' unique identifiers in their workflows, reducing the amount of repetitive biographical information required when you submit your CV or manuscripts for publication, for example.
Improve Research Impact
Establishing a unique researcher identity is an important step to improving your research impact. There are a variety of options for creating a unique identity, with ResearcherID, ORCID and Scopus Author Identifier being highly recommended.
There is a separate subject guide dedicated to Research Impact.
There are a variety of options for creating a unique identity. As a minimum, we recommend all University of Tasmania researchers create an ORCID, use it and keep it current.
Learn more about some of these options from the tabs in this guide.
Understand the importance and benefits of developing and maintaining a consistent research identity and, specifically, learn about ORCID, ResearcherID, Scopus Author Identifier and Google Scholar Citations profiles:
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