Data Management at NPS

Researcher IDs

Do I Need a Researcher Identifier?

As researchers move among institutions, professional socities, and your work is parsed among multiple platforms, it can be difficult to you to your scholarly works and datasets. Name confusion makes it difficult to associate a specific author with her/his body of scholarly work.

Several free services enable authors to establish a persistent "digital identifier" that will facilitiate discovery and retrieval of your intellectual property.

Learn more about managing your digital identity.


ORCIDOpen Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID) is a free "open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to those identifiers."


ResearcherIDThis free service from Thomson Reuters (Web of Science) enables you to create a unique author ID (which can be linked to your ORCID record).  You can add citations for publications you have authored to a free profile that you create. It's easiest to add publications that are covered by the Web of Science, but you can add other references as well by exporting them from citation management software such as EndNote. 

Once you have identified your publications you can view a variety of citation metrics.

Add a ResearcherID Badge to your web page and viewers will easily link to your Researcher ID profile.

Scopus Author Identifier

ScopusThis free service from Elsevier uniquely identifies authors that have published in the universe covered by their Scopus database and provides a listing of their works along with some basic metrics including times cited and h index.

We do not subscribe to Scopus, however, it is still a useful research tool and we have access to some of the journals through other means.