Monday, 10 April 2017

Have you checked who you are recently? | Opening Research at Reading Blog (ORRB)


Have you checked who you are recently?

I’m sure we’ve all Googled our own name at some point and been
interested or surprised to see what comes up in the search results. When
it comes to your academic profile online, it is always a good idea to
keep an eye on which publications are being credited to you – the
results can be equally surprising!

Check out your digital researcher identity

If you’ve published a research output in a book, in a conference
proceedings or journal, you may have an online identity that you are not
aware of and it might not be accurate. Why not do a quick identity
health check in the Scopus database to check your details are correct?

What is Scopus?

The Scopus database collates outputs from thousands of journals and
other publications and track citations to them. The database is useful
for searching for articles relevant to your research, helping you to
decide where to publish, identifying potential collaborators and also
helping you to discover who is citing your work and how often it is
being cited.

In the Scopus database, outputs from the same author are aggregated in to a Scopus Author ID.
As the information is collated automatically, you may find that the
wrong articles have been attributed to you or that your articles have
been split across several duplicate IDs.

Why is it important to check your author ID?

If your details in Scopus are incorrect, your publication record will
be incomplete and possibly confusing to those interested in reading or
citing your research. It is also worth checking out your Scopus Author
ID to make sure that the articles attributed to you are correct because
the bibliometric data used in the University of Reading’s Research Outputs Support System
(ROSS) dashboards are taken from the Scopus database.  If your details
are wrong, unreliable data will be pulled through into the University’s
reporting process.

How do I find my author ID?

scopus author ID 1
Find yourself in the Scopus database by using the ‘Author Search’ tab
To check your ID, visit the Scopus website (available
when using the University’s IP range). Choose the ‘Author Search’ tab
from the Search menu and enter your details. If you’ve worked at several
institutions it is best to leave the affiliation information blank.
When the search results appear, it is worth choosing the ‘Show profile
matches with one document’ option as publications can sometimes fail to
aggregate under one author ID.

If your details are right

Great! Take a look at how your papers/articles are being cited, view
your h-graph and analyse your author output. You might want to link your
Scopus ID to your ORCID ID if you have one – check out our ORCID library guide  for help on how to do this. Check your Scopus author ID from time to time to check that new publications are being added.

If your details are wrong

If you have several Author IDs or there are publications in your profile that do not belong to you, you can ask Scopus to merge them. You can do this by using the ‘Request author detail corrections’ link (or contact Karen Rowlett, the University’s Research Publications Adviser
who can do this on your behalf). It is worth checking that any missing
publications have not been attributed to another researcher of a similar
name. Corrections are usually done within 2 weeks.

Screenshot from Scopus database
Select the duplicate profiles and choose ‘Request to Merge Authors’ to correct duplicate author IDs

Missing Publications

Publications might be missing from your Author ID either because they
have been attributed to someone else or because Scopus does not cover
the journal/book/conference in which your article appeared. You can
check the Scopus coverage by consulting their guide or downloading the Book and Journal source lists.

Wrong affiliation

If you have recently moved from another institution, it may take a
while for your new affiliation to be reflected in your Scopus Author ID.
You have to publish three outputs with your new address before it will
change. If your affiliation is showing as somewhere that you’ve never
worked, you can request a correction.

Help and support

If you are not sure how to check your Scopus Author ID or need help in sorting out your profile, please contact Karen Rowlett, Research Publications Adviser.
There are also some regular sessions running through People Development
on Managing your digital researcher profile and ORCID. You can check
when the next course is running by searching the People Development course database.

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