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Building your scholarly profile

A guide to developing your scholarly profile and increasing your presence online.


A numeric ID as part of your academic profile is an easy way to consistently have your work remain findable, independent of name changes or spelling. All of your scholastic output will be identified by your number ID, no matter what institution or publisher you are associated with at the time or whether you have a common name.



ORCiDs help you to distinguish yourself and maintain consistency in your profile over time, whether you change institution or name. ORCiDs are persistent digital identifiers, ensuring that you and your work are connected and recognized. 

ResearcherID (Web of Science/Publons)

Similar to ORCiDs, ResearcherIDs are a way to distinguish your academic profile from that of others.

Scopus Author IDs

This automatically assigned number keeps track of citation metrics related to those Scopus-indexed-publications that an author has submitted to.


One of the key principles of Open Data is that it is findable. One way to make this research findable is through giving a Digital Object Identifier to data. A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a persistent link that provides an unchanging address for items that are digitally accessible. DOIs provide a unique path to articles, datasets, audio-visual content, and any online content. Whereas the address for certain webpages may change, DOIs provide a more stable link to content. If you would like a DOI added to your research, please contact