Research identifiers

Research identifiers


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open-access author identification system.

Researchers can register for their unique ORCID identifier on the ORCID website, and use it to link to their other identifiers e.g. ResearcherID, Scopus Author Identifier, LinkedIn.

You can include your ORCID identifier on your webpage to link back to your ORCID profile containing your publications.

Macquarie University has recently joined the Australian ORCID consortium. The Library, Research Office, DVCRO and Information Technology are planning for the roll-out of ORCID across Macquarie University. Resources will be available at that time to assist researchers to create their ORCID membership and ensure it is able to be used in relevant University research systems. Further information will be coming in the future.

In the meantime individual staff may create their own ORCID records now if they require them. Otherwise they can wait for the roll-out of ORCID across the University.

For further information about ORCID, please see the ORCID FAQ page.


ResearcherID is an initiative of Thomson Reuters, the producers of Web of Science. It assigns a unique identifier to each author who registers on their site.

It allows you to view author's publications and their citation metrics. Analysis includes average citation per article and the h-index value.

If you have articles which are available in Web of Science, you can easily add them to your ResearcherID profile. You can include your ResearcherID on your webpage to link back to your ResearcherID profile containing your publications.

For more information please see the ResearcherID FAQs.

Learn more about integrating your ResearcherID with your ORCID account.

Scopus Author ID

Scopus distinguishes between authors with similar names by giving each author a separate Scopus Author ID and grouping together all the documents written by that author.

You will be automatically assigned a Scopus Author ID when you publish in a journal indexed by Scopus.

Having a Scopus Author ID allows you to easily see a list of publications for an author and view citation metrics such as h-index measures, citation counts, publications and co-authors.

Your publications on Scopus may be spread over a number of different Author profiles, because these are generated automatically. You can integrate your publications into one Scopus author profile by linking your profile to ORCID using the Scopus 2 ORCID tool.

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