Managing Author Profiles Online

Overview of ORCiD, Web of Science Researcher | Publons, Scopus Author profile, and Google Scholar Citations.

Author Identity Systems

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

  • A unique Open Researcher and Contributor ID adopted by multiple publishers and funding agencies
    • Disambiguate researchers with similar names
    • Ensure correct attribution of your work
    • Reduce duplication 
  • Used in Web of Science and Scopus 
  • No citation counts or h-index
  • Import ORCID data to Digital Measures

Researcher ID  |   Publons                    

  • A unique ID used in Clarivate products including Web of Science and InCites 
  • High impact journals
  • Citation counts, h-index, and Altmetrics
  • Data used in calculating some university rankings
  • Import data to Digital Measures

Google Scholar Citations

  • Claim your profile to obtain citation counts and h-index in GS
  • Most widely used tool globally for scholarly literature discovery

Scopus Author Profile

  • Optional. 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
  • 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 ResearcherID | Publons and 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 biographical profile data.

  Control privacy settings of your researcher profiles.

  Find collaborators outside your institution and across disciplines.

  Take your author profile to another institution.