Author identifiers

What are researcher identifiers?

Researcher identifiers (also referred to as Author identifiers) are unique identifiers that connect researchers with their publications, group name variations and help differentiate between authors with similar names.

Researchers are encouraged to create author identifiers to connect all their research outputs together within a database. Although you may already have some of these researcher identifiers, it is recommended that you still apply for an ORCID. ORCID is an international/universal author identifier increasingly used by publishers and institutions around the world. You can link your ORCID record to, and import publication information from these other sources such as Scopus ID and ResearcherID to ensure the systems are synchronised and updated.


  • Reduces ambiguity of connecting authors to their work, especially where there are common names or name variations.
  • Allows researchers to quickly draw together all their papers, report on citations and measure research impact.
  • Provide easily accessible online presence for research outputs, increasing visibility and accessibility to authors’ works.

Common author identifiers

  • Scopus Author ID
  • ResearcherID
  • Google Scholar Author Profile

Scopus Author ID

Scopus Author ID connects researchers with their publications within the Scopus database


  • It is generated automatically when an author’s first publication is indexed by Scopus (no registration required).
  • Allows authors to see a list of their publications and view citation metrics.
  • Can be linked to your ORCID so publications can be imported to your ORCID record.
  • Authors with multiple Scopus Author IDs can request to have their profiles merged into one Scopus Author ID within Scopus.

Putting your Scopus Author ID into Elements [00:02:18]
It is recommended to add your Scopus Author ID to Elements, Curtin’s publication management system.

Scopus: Access and use Support Center.
View more information on the Scopus Author ID and how to correct errors in the profile.


ResearcherID uniquely identifies researchers and associates them with their published works within Web of Science.


  • Registration is free and is required to create a unique author profile on the Publons platform. Only have one ResearcherID.
  • Publications can be added to your ResearcherID profile via Web of Science or the Publons platform. Regularly update your profile ensuring all your publications are linked to your ResearcherID.
  • Peer reviews can be tracked and added to your ResearcherID via Publons

Connecting your ORCID to Web of Science researcher profile
It can be linked to ORCID so publications can be imported to your ORCID record.

Adding your Researcher ID to Elements
Consider adding your Researcher ID to Elements, Curtin’s publication management system.

Google Scholar citations

A Google Scholar profile is a way for researchers to keep track of their citations.


  • Allows others to find and discover an author’s works.
  • Ensures authors and their publications appear in Google Scholar search results.
  • Researchers can choose to have their articles updated automatically, review the updates personally or manually update articles at any time.

Google Scholar Profiles - Setting up your profile
Learn how to register for a new account, set up your Google Scholar profile, make your profile public and add publications.

ORCID Support - Importing works from a BibTeX file
Export your Google Scholar citations to a BibTeX file then follow the [Import works via BibTeX guide]/impact/author-identifiers/adding-publications-to-your-orcid/#import-works-via-bibtex) to link to your ORCID.