HEFCE have chosen Scopus to provide the data for the REF panels who are using citation data as one indicator of "academic significance". A Scopus Author ID distinguishes between authors with similar sounding names by assigning each author in Scopus a unique number under which all their research outputs are collated.
Authors are automatically assigned an ID when they publish in a journal indexed by Scopus. The Scopus Author ID is matched to author names based on their affiliation, address, subject area, source title, dates of publication and co-authors.
To increase the impact of your research, you must:
1. Regularly check your Scopus profile to ensure all your publications have been correctly affiliated to you - accurate author IDs will contribute to Aston's success.
2. Check that multiple profiles have not been created for you in Scopus - this sometimes happens, for e.g. when a variant affiliation address is used, but it can be remedied by requesting a merge.
As both an individual researcher and as part of Aston, raising your profile is an important step to getting your work read and cited as well as to setting up collaborations with fellow researchers.
One element is your profile within Google Scholar which is the starting point for many people looking for academic articles, especially those without access to large institutional library subscriptions.
The steps below are a simple guide if you need to set up your Google Scholar profile.
You can import your publications from Google Scholar to ORCID using BibTeX. Please see here for further information.
In Web of Science, researchers are assigned an individual ID called a WoS ResearcherID. Once a WoS ResearcherID is created, the publications affiliated to the researcher are added to their profile. Authors must register for an ID.