Researcher Profiles

Let’s start at the beginning.

What is a Researcher Profile?

  • It’s a unique, persistent ID number that can connect all your papers together within a database.
  • You can create such IDs within different subscription databases including WoS and Scopus.
  • You can also create IDs within open access sites such as Google Scholar, Research Gate and


Why should you want one (or a few of them)?

  • Less ambiguity as to who has published a certain paper when different variations of an author’s name has been used. e.g.
    (Wendy Frerichs, Wendy C Frerichs, Wendy Catherine Frerichs)
  • Ability to accurately measure impact, without any ‘ring-ins’ (papers by others with the same name as you)
  • Easily identifies your work and increases visibility and accessibility of your work
  • Researcher profiles can be browsed by other researchers, prospective research collaborators, students, journalists, and funding bodies.

Key Question: If you can have one ID for Web of Science, one for Scopus and one for Google Scholar, what’s the best way to tie them together and manage them?
Answer: With ORCID

  • ORCID is a world wide, cross disciplinary, not for profit organisation with many members.
  • Setting up an ORCID ID will allow you to link your other IDs (from the different databases) together.
  • An ORCID ID will allow you to manually enter your other works not represented in the major databases.
  • You can even link other profiles such as your RMIT staff profile.
  • While ORCID doesn’t calculate your h-index, you can calculate this in Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar.


Who else thinks this is a great idea?
Lots of People! These are a few tweets.  Just search for #ORCID for more.


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Here are a few blog posts that discuss ORCID. Don’t just read the articles, read the comments section too.

Are you convinced? Would you like to know more?

Check out the RMIT University Library’s Libguide on Research Impact, under the Researcher Impact  tab.

Or ask your Liaison Librarian, Wendy Frerichs my contact details are all over this site.  (If I’m not your Liaison Librarian, then feel free to ask your own.)

Please comment on this post.  I’d love to know your thoughts even if you’re not in agreement!

UPDATE:  RMIT has joined ‘the Australian ORCID Consortium.’  Officially commencing on 1st of January 2016!  RMIT University is now officially encouraging it’s researchers to obtain an ORCID ID.  Thanks Petra Van Nieuwenhoven  for the news!



6 thoughts on “Researcher Profiles

  1. Elsie December 23, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Will definitely revisit this page in the new year!


    • wendyfrerichs December 26, 2015 / 12:38 am

      Thanks Elsie! Please share with your collegues.


  2. mclibrarianRMIT December 22, 2015 / 3:20 am

    This post is really helpful and I will definitely share the benefits of a researcher profile with other academics.


    • wendyfrerichs December 22, 2015 / 3:23 am

      Thanks Amy! Feel free to share the posts.


  3. Daniella December 18, 2015 / 4:15 am

    Thanks for demystifying the whole researcher profile concept. I can certainly see the benefits of an ORCID Id especially in terms of bringing all my research together in the one place. Keep posting articles about what is happening in this space.


    • wendyfrerichs December 18, 2015 / 4:23 am

      Thanks Daniella 🙂 If there are any particular topics you’d like covered let me know.


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