What you need to know
Your researcher profile is an individual (web) profile that provides a user friendly and efficient way of showcasing your work.
In addition to your York profile, there are many free researcher profiles available. Each service has its own advantages.
ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is a unique identifier used to distinguish you from every other researcher or author, to ensure that you are credited for your work and to avoid confusion. Obtaining an ORCID is free of charge.
ORCID is endorsed by the University of York Policy on the Publication of Research, has been mandated by some funding councils, and may be a requirement for the next REF exercise.
The Library's Information for Researchers includes instructions for creating an ORCID.
Important point: Your ORCID will become much more powerful and useful if you link it to other profiles you may have. For instructions on how to do this, see the ORCID help pages.
Consider what information you should disclose: Make sure you only publish information on your research profiles that you are happy and legally allowed to disclose to others.
It is important to check the user agreement for each tool you use to find out:
PURE is the University of York's chosen system for capturing and reporting on a wide range of research-related outcomes and activities.
PURE enables academic and research staff to maintain an up-to-date 'researcher profile' to showcase their research expertise on the publicly-available York Research Database (YRD). YRD's 'researcher profiles' are used by academics, funders and industry to identify potential collaborators for research projects and by potential students to identify supervisors.
A key element of PURE is that the profile data is selected and updated by each individual, ensuring academic and research staff have complete control over their public profiles on the YRD. See the PURE web pages for user guides and who to contact for support and training.
Publons is the peer review activity tracker and researcher profile solution developed by Clarivate Analytics, the owners of Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports.
You can use Publons to mange your publication list, track citations to your work and manage your Web of Science record (using your ResearcherID), as well as recording your work as a peer reviewer.
To register for a Publons account:
After registering with Publons you get a Web of Science ResearcherID. ResearcherID is a unique identifier to enable researchers to manage their publication lists, track citations and avoid author misidentification (e.g. it collects your various publications together even if your name has been listed differently from item to item). This unique ID remains with you, regardless of whether your institution changes, allowing your research to be more easily tracked.
Note: If you had a ResearcherID account and your profile was 'public' a new Publons profile will have been created for you. Click on the LOG IN button and sign in with your usual details to view and manage it.
Many researchers already have a Scopus Author ID without realising it, as Scopus creates one for each author with documents indexed in Scopus. To find out what yours (or another author's) is, perform an 'Author search' on Scopus and when you click on the relevant author name in the list of results the 'Author details' page will show the Author ID.
The Scopus Author ID is not a researcher profile site, but helps author recognition and disambiguation when searching publications. By checking the correctness of publications assigned to your Scopus Author ID, you make it easier for others to find your publications and it will improve the completeness and correctness of your citation indicators in Scopus; it also improves feeds of your publications to be shown on other sites.
If you have publications indexed in Scopus, it is important to check:
Note: You can set up an alert for new items added to Scopus, to help you keep your profile up to date. First 'Login' with your Scopus/Elsevier username and password. On the ‘author details’ page click the Set document alert link, enter your specifications and click Save.
For more information go to the Scopus Support Center pages.
Whether you like it or not, Google Scholar is by far the most widely used bibliographical tool for scholarly publications. It has a problem however, and that is metadata control.
You can enhance your findability by creating a profile (making it public) and telling Google which publications in their database are yours. After taking these steps, searches on your name will show your profile on top of the results. The profile itself shows your list of publications in Google Scholar with basic metrics. In addition to journal papers,
it may also include books and reports.
You can get an overview of people at York with a Google Scholar profile.
For more guidance see the Google Scholar Citations Help pages.