Are you ready to become a number?

numberIn an earlier post – May 19, 2014 – attention is paid to ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). This is an author identifier you can use to claim your publications: such as articles in scholarly journals, for example found in international bibliographical databases like Scopus or Web of Science (WoS); and you can f.i. add the URL of your Google Scholar Profile.

But despite this ‘umbrella’ identifier it’s still useful to make sure that in all these separate databases your author name is correct and coupled with your publications.These profiles are created by certain algorithms and they can be wrong: there can be publications in your Scopus Author Profile or WoS author set that are not yours, you might have multiple Author Profiles or your publication is assigned to someone else. This means you always have to check them! A Google Scholar Citations Profile helps you to keep track of citations to your articles, based on Google Scholar. This includes the citing publications, and several citation metrics. The citation universe of Google Scholar is bigger than Web of Science or Scopus, which means you will have more citations! Always nice of course, but at the same time cause for a thorough check ….

In several faculties we have held – or will have – workshops to assist researchers in making authors identifiers or profiles and to couple these with their publications. If you want to know more about this service, please let us know.

See for more background information about researcher identification our Research Matters portal. There you can also find the most recent versions of  handouts on how to create your AuthorIDs and how to keep them up-to-date:


Handout ResearcherID (pdf) – Updated: June 4, 2014
Handout Scopus Author Profile (pdf) – Updated: June 4, 2014
Handout ORCID (pdf) – Updated: June 4, 2014
Handout Google Scholar Citation Profile (pdf) – Updated: June 4, 2014


The small picture has been taken from: Enserink, M. (2009). Scientific publishing. Are you ready to become a number? Science, 323(5922), 1662–4. doi:10.1126/science.323.5922.1662


ORCID – Open Researcher and Contributor ID


In the registration form of our seminar we ask you to enter your ORCID , if you have one. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an author identifier. You can use ORCID to claim your publications: articles in scholarly journals, for example found in Scopus or Web of Science, books, datasets, and many other types of work. You have to register yourself to get an ORCID – on We strongly recommend you to create an ORCID!

ImpactStory listed 10 things you need to know about ORCID right now.

The University Library has made a manual on how to create your ORCID and how to claim your publications. You can download it here.

For more background information see also Getting Published and Measuring Impact, part of our Research Matters portal.