Is it hard to distinguish your research activities from others with similar names? Are there multiple versions of your name out there? Come and learn how to create a unique scholarly identity and presence for yourself online. Gathering together your publications under one ID will improve the impact of your research and also ensure you get credit for all of your work.
Imagine if your name is John Smith (a very common name in North America), readers will likely have a hard time distinguishing your work from the work of the many other authors with the same name! Perhaps your name has changed over time due to marriage or the use of "nicknames."
Author names are not unique identifiers.
Services such as ORCID and ResearcherID have been developed to help solve this author ambiguity problem by assigning authors unique numeric identifiers.
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
The ORCID Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier, manage their record of activities, and search for others in the Registry.
ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries.
(Description adapted from text on ORCID website)
Scopus and Web of Science are two very large multidisciplinary indexes (databases) of research articles. It is likely that some, or many, of your publications are indexed in them. Each of these databases has created an author identification tool to assist with the author ambiguity problem.
**Both of these author ID tools also provide considerable research metrics information as well (e.g. citation counts, h-index, etc.)
This session took place on Nov 20 in the Murray Library, Collaborative Learning Lab (Room 145) from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
Upload a copy of your manuscripts to appropriate open repositories to increase your readership and impact! Find a subject repository in the OpenDOAR directory.
Make sure you upload the version permitted by your publisher. See your copyright transfer agreement or look in Sherpa Romeo for publishers' requirements.
Tip #1: Choose a variant of your name to publish under and stick to it!
Tip #2: Google yourself regularly - make sure what you want to show up is what shows up!
Tip #3: Register for ORCID and other author IDs to distinguish yourself from other authors.
Tip #4: Post copies of your manuscripts in open repositories to increase your readership and citations!
Tip #5: Update all of your online profiles regularly - especially when you publish something new (use a checklist like the sample one posted below)