Researcher Visibility

Disambiguation Explained

It can be challenging to properly identify authors and their work, especially if the author's name is a common one such as Smith or Jones. Unique author identifier systems such as those featured on this page can help. 

Although these are not profile, sharing or networking tools like the others in this guide, since they help researchers to identify and pull together their scholarly work in one place to make it more findable by researchers, this page provides some basic information about them.


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.


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."

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.