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Measuring Your Research Impact

Author identifiers help ensure that you get credit for all your research output. That way, your impact as an author can be measured. You want to avoid having your work incorrectly associated with another author. You also want to avoid ending up with several author profiles. These challenges can arise due to factors such as:

  • Publishing under variations of your name
  • Having a common name
  • Changing your name
  • Changing institutions

As a solution, register for an ORCID identifier, then associate it with your ResearcherID, Scopus profile, My NCBI account, etc. The boxes on this page explain how to do this.

Before you begin to delve into the various citation metrics presented in this guide, we recommend you do the following three things:

  1. Sign up for a persistent, digital ORCiD Identifier which allows publishers and aggregators of scholarly literature to distinguish you from every other researcher. 
  2. Get a ResearcherID to link to your ORCiD. It facilitates citation metrics and publication tracking using Web of Science tools. With a ResearcherID, you will be included in the Web of Knowledge author index allowing other researchers to learn more about your work and affiliations.
  3. Create a Google Scholar Citations Profile by going to My Profile from Google Scholar. Google Scholar Citations allows authors to track citations to their scholarly works and to calculate numerous citation metrics based on Google Scholar citation data.

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The Open Researcher Community ID (ORCiD) is an increasingly recognized persistent digital identifier. The unique number assigned to you will allow publishers and aggregators of scholarly literature to distinguish you from researchers with similar names. In fact, ORCID numbers are increasingly required by publishers and funders when you submit a manuscript for publication or apply for grant funding. This is a powerful tool in author disambiguation and it takes just a few minutes to sign up. Visit this guide for more information about getting started. Have questions? Contact


The Web of Knowledge features ResearcherID, a service with which you can create and manage your scholarly profile, generate citation metrics and connect with other scholars. ResearcherID, in tandem with ORCID, assigns a unique ID to each author and allows authors to identify papers that they contributed to.  For more information about setting up a ResearcherID in Web of Knowledge, go to the ResearcherID home page.

Click here for a short video about integrating your ResearcherID with your ORCID.

There are many tools to generate research profiles on the web.  While this page covers a brief overview of some of those tools, please see this guide by the Utrecht University Library for a more in-depth analysis.