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A guide to the benefits of managing your identify as an author and researcher and preferred methods of doing this.

Reasons for Managing your Author Identity

Researcher profiles and IDs can be used to:

  • differentiate your work from the work of other author's with similar names;
  • quickly and efficiently locate metrics such as citation counts and your h-index for all your publications;
  • promote your research to others

 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.

Maximise your Research Impact

  1. Submit your publications to an open-access repository, starting with Open Access Repository (ePrints). Learn more about open access repositories.
  2. Aim to get published in high-impact or peer-reviewed sources
  3. Aim to publish in sources that are esteemed within your discipline, according to the Publication Reference Types e.g. A1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal or B1. Authored Book - research. See Publication Categories
  4. Create a unique author identity e.g. register for an ORCIDResearcherID and Scopus Author Identifier
  5. Contribute descriptions of your datasets (i.e. metadata) to VIVO through our Research Data Discovery Service.


There is a separate subject guide dedicated to Research Impact

Author Identity tools

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.

Guides to key identifiers

Research Bites Presentation 2015

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:

You can access the recording of the presentation here.