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Managing Author Profiles Online

Create unique identifiers and author profiles to disambiguate yourself from others and manage your publications list.

Author Identity Systems

Multiple author identity systems have emerged in recent years which provide a unique identifier to disambiguate researchers and scholars from others with the same or similar name. These identifiers are persistent and portable, allowing use across multiple organizations and institutions.  For NIE researchers, we recommend exploring the following:

Best Practices: Easy Steps to Create Author Profiles Online

Setting up profiles does not have to be a linear process.  For the sake of efficiency, you may want to move between different systems and populate your profiles by exporting data from other sources.  Here are suggested steps to optimise this process:

Download the Best Practices Guide Best Practices - Author Profiles

Benefits of Author Profiles

  Ensure identification and correct 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.
    • Manage your entire scholarly output and grant activitiy. 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, ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID for easy updates.
    • Take control of how your scholarly output is presented online. 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.


We would like to express our gratitude to Ms Natasha Arguello and UTSA Libraries for allowing us to adapt their Author Profiles LibGuide.