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Research Impact: Citations and Metrics

This guide outlines tools and strategies to help you discover the impact of your research.

What are Author Identifiers?

Author identifiers are unique digital identifiers that associate research activities with the correct researcher and reduce ambiguity between authors with the same name.

You can link all of your publications using various author identifiers including ORCID, ResearcherID, Scopus Author Identifier and your Google Scholar profile.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)

An ORCID ID is a worldwide, persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and that you keep throughout your career, even if you move research institutions.

An ORCID ID is an increasingly important identifier as many publishers now require its inclusion when authors submit their papers for publication.

Access your ORCID or create an account


Already have an ORCID?

Connect your ORCID to CSIRO or sign in to your account.


Want to create an ORCID?

  1. Select the Register now link on the ORCID Sign in page:

  1. Complete the form and ensure you ‘Authorize Access’ to allow CSIRO to make changes to your ORCID, including uploading your CSIRO publications.
  2. After successfully registering and receiving your ORCID ID, you can start to populate your account by:
  • Adding your CSIRO research outputs to ePublish so that your publications flow through to the Research Publications Repository (RPR) and Data Access Portal (DAP) and your ORCID will automatically populate.
  • Connecting other author identifiers to your ORCID including ResearcherID and Scopus Author Identifier.
  • Using BibTex to send works from your Google Scholar profile or your EndNote Library to your ORCID account.
  • Manually entering publication details.

Refer to CSIRO Library's ORCID page or our FAQs for further information.

ResearcherID (Web of Science)

ResearcherID is a unique number that associates researchers with their published works on Clarivate's Web of Science platform, regardless of any possible name variations or institutional affiliation changes.

To create your ResearcherID:

  1. Register via Web of Science or at
    Note: the same password is used to log in to all Clarivate products including ResearcherID, Web of Science and EndNote Online.
  2. Create and update your profile information.
  3. Add publications manually or sync your ResearcherID with your ORCID ID to automatically update your publications list.

Scopus Author ID

The Scopus Author Identifier automatically matches variations of an author’s name and distinguishes between authors with the same name.  All the documents belonging to a specific author will be listed in the author's profile which also includes the number of citations received, affiliations and h-index.

To obtain your Scopus Author ID:

  1. Create a Scopus account.
  2. A Scopus Author ID is automatically generated the first time one of your publications is indexed in Scopus.
  3. Search for your name or one of your indexed publications and go to your Author Details page (accessed by clicking on your name when it appears in the search results list, the source document details page, or the document details page).
  4. Your Author ID appears underneath your name and is preceded by the letters SC:

Google Scholar Profile

A Google Scholar profile allows you to showcase your publication history, check who is citing your work and utilise different citation metrics to aid in disambiguation of your work and accurate citation tracking.

Making your profile public ensures that it appears in Google Scholar results when searching for your name.

Create your Google Scholar Profile

  1. Sign in to Google Scholar using the same email address and password that you use for Gmail or Google Drive.
  2. Click on 'My profile' and enter relevant details such as your affiliation, etc.
  3. Upload a photo (optional) and add your publications.
  4. Select 'Make my profile public'.
  5. Check your email and click on the verification link.