Sunday, 28 May 2017

Researcher Identifiers and your Online Research Profile - Guides at University of the Sunshine Coast


Researcher Identifiers and your Online Research Profile

A guide to the
various different researcher identifiers, and how to set up researcher
identifiers, as well as managing your online research profile.


For further information on Researcher Identifiers, please contact:

USC Research Bank:

Liaison Librarians:

  • Roger Carter (School of Health and Sports Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery) -

Why have a researcher identifier?

the last few years, it has become increasingly important for
researchers to maintain an online presence to their research.  As the
research landscape
it becomes essential to differentiate yourself from fellow peers and to
disambiguate yourself from other researchers with similar names or
fields of study.
Two ways to do this are to:
  1. Establish your researcher
    identifers to ensure that your research is associated with your name
    only (and not with other, similar sounding names); and
  2. Establish an online profile of your
    research to allow for greater dissemination, which in turn can lead to
    greater impact and citation metrics.

Example of why research identifiers need to be used...

An example of the problem the party infrastructure was attempting
to solve is demonstrated by the following examples of public
information about Tim Flannery:

Flannery, Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) (1956-)

He is also known as:

  • Flannery, Tim
  • Flannery, Timothy
  • Flannery, Timothy F.
  • Flannery, Timothy Fridjof

And he may also be known as:

  • Flannery, T.
  • Flannery, T.F.
He may have multiple author identifiers as a result of his publications:

  • e.g. Scopus Id, Researcher Id, etc.

Researcher Identifiers

Researcher identifiers are important because they:

  • Provide a persistent identifier

  • Easily identify your work and increase your visibility

  • Offer a tool to measure impact

  • Resolve author misidentification and any changes in institutional affiliations

  • Group name variants for which an author has published under
  • Provide more accurate citation metrics, as all your publications are linked to your identifier without any 'ring-ins'
Researcher identifiers are like creating a DOI for a person.
Check out this example of linked identifiers (courtesy of ANDS):

Research Online Profile

rise of academic social networking sites, such as ResearchGate and
LinkedIn, has meant that researchers are increasingly being provided
with avenues to disseminate their research outputs and to connect with
other researchers in their field.  However, while it may be a good idea
to promote your online presence, care should be taken as to which online
site is used for what purpose, and to know the difference between what a
social networking site is compared to the humble open access

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