A researcher-ID is a unique, persistent identification number that identifies you as a researcher and ensures links between you and your publications, activities and grants.
Some researcher-IDs are associated with a commercial publisher or database, others are independent and non-commercial.
A researcher-ID is not a private identifier and can be shared publicly.
It remains the same, even if you change your name, email address or place of work, and gives a complete overview of your publications and activities, even though they may be registered under multiple name variants.
A unique researcher-ID makes it possible to distinguish you from other researchers who publish under the same name as you. Some researcher-IDs, via the identification of your publications, make it possible to perform bibliometric analyses, citation analyses and H-index calculations.
AU recommends that researchers create an ORCID iD; which provides a unique identification for a researcher and their collective publications, etc. This is because foundations and publishers increasingly require researchers to have an ORCID iD before they can publish, conduct peer reviews and apply for funding, as it facilitates administration.
If you use your ORCID iD when contacting foundations and publishers, you only have to register your personal data once. After registering, you simply need to state your ORCID iD.
ORCID iD is administered by the organization ORCID, which is an independent, non-commercial organization. ORCID is supported by a wide range of research institutions, publishing houses and foundations.
It is a good idea to link your ORCID iD with PURE, which can automatically synchronise content from PURE to ORCID and keep your ORCID iD updated with your CV and publication information.
Your profile at ORCID.org will therefore contain all your CV and publication information.
It is also possible to transfer data to your ORCID iD by connecting it to other researcher-IDs such as ResearcherID and Scopus Author Identifier.
ResearcherID is a researcher-ID from Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) and an integrated part of the database Web of Science. Thus an updated ResearcherID is also an updated author profile in Web of Science, and this makes it easier to identify your publications and calculate your H-index. It is possible to link ResearcherID to ORCID iD and thus transfer data to your ORCID.
Read more about ResearcherID.
Scopus Author Identifier is your author profile in the Scopus database and an integrated part of the database. It is a good idea to ensure that your author profile is updated, because it makes it easier to identify your publications and calculate your H-index.
It is possible to link Scopus Author Identifier to ORCID iD and thus transfer data to your ORCID. Read more about the Scopus Author Identifier.
Read more about Scopus Author Identifier