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Scholarly Research Impact

This guide is designed to help you to understand the different ways to increase and measure the impact of your research.

Author ID & Scholarly Profile Options

You have several options for maintaining and connecting your scholarly work to you and to each other. On this page you will find specific information to ORCID as well as Google Scholar Citations. Other options for author IDs and connections between you and your work include, but are not limited to:

  • Scopus Author ID - Scopus is a subscription-based, multidisciplinary database of peer-reviewed journal articles, books, conference publication, and other literature. Authors with publications indexed in Scopus are automatically assigned a Scopus Author ID. Users can search in Scopus by author to locate an author's profile, which includes the identifier, references, citations of work, h-index, and subject areas. Scopus will also connect to ORCID to make your profile and work more accurate and discoverable.
  • Web of Science ResearcherID - Web of Science ResearcherID is a global, multi-disciplinary scholarly research community sponsored by Clarivate in Publons. With a unique identifier assigned to each author in ResearcherID, you can eliminate author misidentification and view an author’s citation metrics instantly. Search the registry to find collaborators, review publication lists and explore how research is used around the world.
  • ResearchGate
  • LinkedIn
  • IRIS

Andrew Stuart discusses the uses and value of the ORCID and other researcher ID's

ORCID (Open Research & Contributor ID)

Due to common researcher names, name changes, cultural differences in name order, and inconsistent use of middle initials, it can be difficult to accurately calculate measures of personal impact. Numeric codes can help identify individual researchers. "ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other contributor and supports automated linkages among all your professional activities.

Learn more about ORCID iD @Ohio University (links to another guide), how to register for free, the benefits of ORCID, and more.

What is ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.


Google Scholar Profile

You will appear in Google Scholar search results - so create a public profile. Google Scholar allows you to add your organization, preferred email contact, and area of research. Google uses H-Index (link out) to calculate the author's impact and will track your number of citations. You are able to manually add publications if Google missed one.

If you use other platforms for citation analysis, you may notice that the citation numbers or calculation for you impact varies. Google Scholar counts citations from pretty much anywhere they can find them. That means their citation count often includes citations from online undergraduate papers, slides, white papers and similar sources. Because of this, Google Scholar citation counts are much higher than those from competitors like Scopus and Web of Science. (Learn more about Scopus and impact factor.)

Also, Google Scholar citations has been questioned because it may not fit a more traditional method of counting publications (conference proceedings, as an example). Hanna Schmillen's google scholar profile example

Subjects: Interdisciplinary