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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.

What's on this page...

  • ResearcherID
  • How to get a ResearcherID
  • ResearcherID features
  • ResearcherID tools
  • Training materials for ResearcherID


Researcher ID is a freely available resource for the global, multi-disciplinary scholarly research community. After registering, you are assigned an individual ID number that stays with you over the course of your career, regardless of name changes or change in institution affiliation.

ResearcherID allows you to create an online Profile for showcasing your publication history. It is designed to associate you with your scholarly work, thus assuring an accurate record of output and attribution. It also provides a gateway for colleagues to quickly locate your published work and to identify you as a potential collaborator.

Because ResearcherID is fully integrated with Web of Knowledge, you can use your profile to make sure you are getting properly credited for your work in Web of Knowledge and use ResearcherID to find an author’s body of work.

There are some limitations to ResearcherID though. For example, it does not automatically update your record with new publications. You will have to access your account periodically and manually search for new publications.

How to get a ResearcherID

  1. Go to the ResearcherID login page (from the Web of Knowledge database, click on My ResearcherID.

    Note: ResearcherID, Web of Knowledge and EndNote Web share login credentials.

  2. Follow the process for registering.

  3. During the registration process, authors will be offered the options of creating an ORCID, or if they already have one they can authorise the Researcher ID to the ORCID record

  4. Click on the My ResearcherID link

  5. Register or Log In (using the same password you use for EndNote Web and Web of Science)

ResearcherID Features

At, you can:

  • Update your biographical (Profile) information at anytime.

  • Build your publication list by using Web of Knowledge, Web of Science, Distinct Author Clusters, or by uploading a file.

  • Manage your publication list with EndNote Web.

  • Control whether your Profile is public or private, much like people do on Facebook and other Web sites.

  • View citation metrics for items found in the Web of Science.

  • Search the registry to find collaborators, review publication lists, and explore how research is used around the world.

ResearcherID Tools

In addition, ResearcherID includes an interactive Labs environment for exploration of author-level metrics. These tools allow for visual analysis of research networks based on:

  • Subject Category
  • Country / Territory
  • Institution
  • Author Name
  • Publication Year
  • Geographic Location

The tools include:

  • Citing Articles Network - Visually explore who is citing your published works.
  • Collaboration Network - Visually explore your collaboration associates.
  • Badge - Place an image graphic on any Web site to show your membership in ResearcherID. The badge displays a real-time summary of your Profile and publications on mouse-hover.

For more details on ResearcherID Tools/Labs, see the PDF presentation.

Training materials for Researcher ID

Researcher ID Training

Click here for various training materials, including:

  • Sharing your data between ResearcherID and ORCID
  • Create a ResearcherID profile
  • Adding Publications to your ResearcherID Profile
  • ResearcherID Labs: Collaboration and Citing Article Networks
  • Promoting your Research with ResearcherID

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