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Biblioteca Tec - Investigación: Tracking tu investigación



Researchers use their name in many ways: as authors, as investigators on grant proposals, as staff members at a research institute. These examples involve researchers using their name in transactions that require the sharing of information about research, contributions and affiliations. These transactions are stored in different information systems.


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ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique researcher identifier. ORCID acts like a DOI, but rather than identifying a digital object, it provides a lifelong digital name.

ORCID allows researchers to insert a unique identifier into these transactions, which makes it possible to easily group and collect research activities. ORCID is fully owned and controlled by the researcher. It doesn’t change, irrespective of funder, affiliation or field of research.

ORCID Benefits

  • Distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you

  • Is often a requirement when you submit journal articles or grant applications 

  • Reduces form-filling (enter data once, re-use it often)

  • Consolidates your research output to make tracking your research citations easier

  • Enables interoperability across many systems (works with many institutions, funders, and publishers)

  • You can link your Scopus ID and ResearcherID to your ORCID

  • Web of Science uses your ORCID to update its publication data


Other Identifiers

Scopus distinguishes between authors with similar names by giving each author a separate Scopus Author ID and grouping together all the documents written by that author. You will be automatically assigned a Scopus Author ID when you publish in a journal indexed by Scopus.

Having a Scopus Author ID allows you to easily see a list of publications for an author and view citation metrics such as h-index measures, citation counts, publications and co-authors.

Your publications on Scopus may be spread over a number of different Author profiles, because these are generated automatically. You can integrate your publications into one Scopus author profile by linking your profile to ORCID.

What is ID used for? Tracks citation metrics, author h-index, CiteScore metrics 

How is it different from other identifiers? Pertains to content indexed on Scopus

ID set up: Automatically generated by Scopus 

Other databases using the identifier? SciVal, PURE, ORCID

Bibilographic export? Yes 

More information Scopus Author Identifier

ResearcherID is an initiative of Clarivate Analytics, the producers of Web of Science. It assigns a unique identifier to each author who registers on their site. It allows you to view author's publications and their citation metrics. Analysis includes average citation per article and the h-index value.

From mid 2019 Web of Science ResearcherID is integrated with Clarivate Analytics’ Publons platform, allowing you to track your publications, citation metrics, peer reviews, and journal editing. Management of your Web of Science record is now carried out in the Publons environment. Accounts are set up via Publons, and your ResearcherID profile is displayed on a Publons dashboard.

If you have articles which are available in Web of Science, you can add them to your ResearcherID profile. You can include your ResearcherID on your webpage to link back to your ResearcherID profile containing your publications.

What is Web of Science ResearcherID used for? The identifier used by Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters)

How is it different from other identifiers? Tracks citation metrics: times cited, average citations per article, h-index

ID set up: Account is set up via Publons:

Other databases using the identifier? PURE, ORCID

Bibilographic export? Yes

Google Scholar allows researchers to create a profile. It can assist researchers in tracking citations to their publications

What is ID used for? Tracks citation metrics in Google Scholar: Times Cited, journal and author h-index

ID set up: Create free personal account 

Other databases using the identifier? ORCID is optional 

Bibilographic export? Yes 


Creating your profile:

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in or create a new account. The SIGN IN button is on the top right of the screen. You may use your MQ email to create an account if you do not want to create a personal Gmail account. However, if you do, you may lose access to the profile if you leave MQ and lose access to your MQ email account.
  3. Click on ‘My Profile’ to set up your Google Scholar Profile. Once your profile is set up you can edit it through this link. 


  1. Fill in your details:
    1. Use your name as it appears on your publications
    2. Include your Macquarie University email address in the ‘Email for verification field’ so your profile is eligible for inclusion in Google Scholar search results. Your email address will not be displayed on your public profile.
  2. Click Next
  3. Adding Publications: Google Scholar will provide you with a list of publications they think have been authored by you. Read through the list and select the groups of publications or individual articles that belong to you.
  4. You can remove publications that don’t belong to you or that you don’t want to appear on your profile by selecting them and choosing ‘Delete’ from the Actions menu.
  5. Once you have added your publications, you will be asked whether you want Google to automatically add new publications to your profile in future. You can choose to have updates applied automatically or to review them beforehand. In either case, you can edit your profile to remove unwanted publications as outlined in the point above (7).
  6. Set your profile to public so it will appear in Google Scholar search results. To make your profile public, click the Edit profile pencil iconcheck the ‘Make my profile public’ box and Save.
  7. On the top right-hand section of your profile, click ‘EDIT’ next to Co-authors to search for co-authors and link to their Google Scholar profiles.
  8. Once you have made your profile public use to receive email notifications when new citations to your publications are identified.

Open author profile tools & collaborative platforms

ResearchGate was founded in 2008 by physicians Dr. Ijad Madisch and Dr. Sören Hofmayer, and computer scientist Horst Fickenscher, ResearchGate today has more than 13+ million members. 

  • connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and specialists in your field
  • get stats and find out who's been reading and citing your work
  • share your publications, access millions more,and publish your data

What is ID used for? Reader statistics, job post

ID set up:  Free account to submit paper, Google sign up, Facebook sign up

How is it different from other identifiers? Exists in research network/Social network

Bibilographic export? No is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research.

Academics use to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. Over 53 million academics have signed up to, adding 18 million papers. attracts over 36 million unique visitors a month.

What is ID used for? Does not track citation metrics, however it is widely used as a unique researcher identifier. It is used in PURE profiles

How is it different from other identifiers? Tracks information about research funding, research organisations, publishing, University repositories

Other databases using the identifier? PURE, Google Scholar optional and Researcher ID

Bibilographic export? No

Create your research profile and include a curated list of your publications and affiliations. Mendeley makes it easy to promote your work to one of the world's largest scientific communities.

What is ID used for? Reader statistics and times cited

How is it different from other identifiers? Bibliographic manager, displays research networks.and can be used for   networking and career promotion

ID set up: recommend via institutional access

Other databases using the identifier? PURE, Altmetric Explorer 

Bibilographic export? Yes