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Online Researcher Profiles: Researcher IDs

Scopus Author ID

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.

Google Scholar Profile

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.

Further Help

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Measuring Research Impact

For specific guidance on Measuring Research Impact, please visit


An ORCiD is a unique identifier, which allows you to distinguish yourself from other researchers throughout your career. It addresses issues due to accuracy of research attribution as names are not unique, can be written in different ways and can change over time. The unique identifier is publicly available and searchable in a public registry.

An ORCiD is of value at all career stages, from postgraduate research student to senior academic. Funders and publishers are increasingly adopting ORCiD as the method to unambiguously link people to their publications and grants.

The ORCiD repository is also the link between systems in the research and publishing world, such as Scopus, Web of Science and PURE.

Researchers need to set up and ‘own’ their ORCiD, but Aston can help with this set up and updating. You also need to link your ORCiD to your PURE account, where it will be recorded and used in our repository for future research reporting.

How to link your ORCiD to your Pure account:

Please note that if you set up your ORCiD in Pure before 15 November 2016 you need to authorise the export of your publication details and content to your ORCiD profile.

Using your ORCiD

Include your ORCiD when submitting publications and in grant applications, display it on your personal webpages, social media profiles and on your email signature.  

Web of Science - ResearcherID

UKRI have chosen Web of Science to provide the analytics data to the REF panels who are using citation data as one indicator of "academic significance". 

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.


To increase the impact of your research, you must:

1. Regularly check your WoS ResearcherID profile to ensure all your publications have been correctly affiliated to you, and that multiple profiles have not been created

2. Link your ORCiD to your WoS ResearcherID (see the below video)