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Researcher Identification: Welcome

ORCID, Researcher ID, Scopus Author ID (tba), Google Scholar

What is a Researcher ID?

Many authors publish under a number of different name varieties – with or without middle names or initials. Additionally, author names can be formatted differently. Author Identifiers match the documents of this author and groups these name variants together so that authors, even if cited differently, are identified with their specific papers.

Also there are many authors sharing the same name, which makes it hard to create a complete overview of a single authors’ publications.

A unique Author Identifier solves the problem of name ambiguity, and is used to:

  • differentiate your work from the work of other author's with similar names;
  • quickly and efficiently locate metrics such as citation counts and your h-index for all your publications;
  • promote your research to others

Institutions, publishers and funders also expect to be able to make use of authors' unique identifiers in their workflows, reducing the amount of repetitive biographical information required when you submit your CV or manuscripts for publication.

In this guide, you can read more about different identifiers in the tabs above.

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Research support at Roskilde University Library

This guide is published by Roskilde University Library.

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