Managing Author Profiles Online

Overview of ORCID, Google Scholar Citations, Web of Science ResearcherID, and Scopus Author profiles.

Author Digital Identifiers & Profiles

Multiple options have emerged in recent years for managing scholarly author identity online. After investing time into the initial setup, you can use these profiles to help disambiguate yourself from other researchers with the same or similar name and access up-to-date information on your citations metrics. These profiles stay with you throughout your career, allowing use across multiple organizations and institutions. 

For UTSA researchers and scholars, we recommend exploring the following:


  • ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-proprietary unique persistent digital author identifier, adopted by multiple publishers and funding agencies
    • Disambiguate researchers with similar names
    • Ensure correct attribution of your work
    • Reduce duplication by reusing and exchanging data among systems
  • In addition to ORCID ID, you may create an ORCID profile with a bio sketch, affiliations, grants, and multiple kinds of scholarly output
  • Use ORCID ID to search Web of Science and Scopus 
  • Authors may authorize data syncing between ORCID and Web of Science and Scopus
  • No citation counts or h-index are generated in ORCID profile 


Web of Science 

ResearcherID & 

Researcher Profile       


  • ResearcherID is a unique persistent digital identifier used in Clarivate products, including Web of Science and InCites for author management
  • Claim your Web of Science Researcher profile
  • Obtain citation activity in Web of Science, h-index, and journal impact factor
  • Data used in calculating some university rankings


Google Scholar Profile

  • Claim your profile to obtain citation counts and h-index in GS
  • Google Scholar is a search tool most widely used globally for scholarly literature discovery

Scopus Author Profile


  • NOTE:  UTSA does not subscribe to Scopus, but free author and journal ranking tools may be of interest for documenting impact
  • Citation counts and h-index in Scopus
  • Data used in calculating some university rankings

Benefits of Author Profiles for Researchers

  Ensure correct identification and attribution of your work:

  • Distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names.
  • Link all name variants and formerly used names (e.g.  Mueller J., Muller J, Mueller, JR, Jörg Müller, Joerg Mueller, Jorg Muller). Keep in mind that many publishers index initials and not a full name.
  • List your affiliations.

  Use for career advancement and tenure:

  • Obtain up-to-date citation metrics to demonstrate your research and scholarly impact. Once you set up your profiles, your citation metrics are automatically updated.
  • Keep track of your h-indexes.
  • Manage your entire scholarly output and grant activity. Use new researcher identifiers not only with journal articles, but with books, book chapters, datasets, working papers, conference proceedings, grants, patents, manuscript submissions, and more.
  • Link ORCID with Web of Science ResearcherID and Scopus Author Profile for easy updates.
  • Take control of how your scholarly output is presented online not only within UTSA, but globally. Make yourself findable.
  • Improve administrative efficiency by keeping track of your entire  scholarly output and re-using your data.

  Control privacy settings of your researcher profiles.

  Find collaborators outside your institution and across disciplines.

  Take your author profiles to another institution.