Optimising your research impact

This guide provides a starting point to the tools and methods you can use to optimise your research impact.


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Other unique author identifiers

There are a number of other unique author IDs in use.

For example, the science pre-print archive arXiv has its own author identifier system.

Please contact your Subject Librarian if you have any questions about unique author identifiers.

Why do I need a unique author identifier?

A common problem when tracking publication and citation data is that there is likely to be other authors with the same, or similar, name. Author 'disambiguation' is a key technique that helps to solve this problem, to separate out, for example, J. Bloggs from all the other J. Bloggs in the world.

The most effective way to do this is to register for unique author identifiers. The three main ones are:

ORCID  Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a platform neutral identifier linking your identity and affiliation with other identification schemes.

Scopus Author Identifier

 Integrates with Scopus, ScienceDirect, and SciVal platforms and links with ORCID to  exchange publication data.

 Integrates with Web of Science platform and links with ORCID to exchange publication data.


When submitting a work for publication, use your ORCID to ensure a consistent name and affiliation at Victoria University of Wellington.


ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is a non-profit, open-source digital author identifier. It helps solve name ambiguity in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers.

It is free to get an ORCID, and you are able to manage your own record of qualifications, employment, publications, peer reviews, as well as search for others in the ORCID Registry. Your ORCID should contain non-sensitive information such as name, email, organisation and research activities. Use your ORCID when submitting manuscripts for publication, datasets and funding applications to minimise input of publication details and ensure connection between authors, your work and your affiliation.  You can elect to have your ORCID auto-updated when works with a valid identifier are published, providing value for researchers.

A large number of institutions and publishers are integrated with ORCID including publishers, libraries and societies. ​ORCID improves data quality for an organisation and tracking of research performance; profile and visibility. 

In 2016 the New Zealand ORCID Consortium, representing 34 scientific and research community and funding agencies, launched with the Royal Society as the lead agency.

We highly recommended signing up to an ORCID using your .vuw.ac.nz email address. ORCIDs are persistent and portable and you can take them with you when or if you leave Victoria University of Wellington.

How do I create an ORCID iD?

  1. Register for an ORCID iD - it's easy and free
  2. Add your information - author name variants, affiliation, alternative email (in case you ever leave Victoria) and works (publications)
  3. Make your ORCID iD publicly visible to Everyone. You can limit visibility of segments or individual entries if you wish, but it is important to have enough public information to identify you.
  4. Use your ORCID iD in email signatures, publication submissions and grant applications

How do I add works to my ORCID iD?

You can add works to your ORCID iD in a number of ways:

  1. In your ORCID iD select Add Works, Search & Link
    Authorise linking from sources such as CrossRef Metadata, DataCite, Europe PubMed, MLA International Bibliography, Researcher ID, Scopus and more. Watch this brief video
  2. In your Google Scholar profile (My Citations), select your claimed publications (click in box), then: 
    From the Export menu, select BibTeX
    BibTeX citations display on separate screen; right mouse click and Save as citations.txt
    Sign in to your ORCID iD
    Select Add Works | Import BibTeX then Choose  citations.txt file you downloaded
  3. In Elements (Victoria University of Wellington staff) select your claimed publications, then: 
    Export to BibTex​
    Sign in to your ORCID iD, Add WorksImport BibTeX​
    Choose the BibTeX file you downloaded
  4. Authorise Elements to collect from your ORCID iD electronic records downloaded from Scopus, ResearcherID, CrossRef, MLA , Google Scholar (Victoria University of Wellington staff):
    Login to Elements https://elements.victoria.ac.nz 
    Select Add ORCID to authorise
  5. You can also add works manually to ORCID if electronic records are not available from any of the above sources
  6. Use your ORCID iD number when submitting manuscripts for publication and authorise CrossRef Metadata and DataCite to auto-update your ORCID iD with records containing a digital object identifier (doi).

Scopus Author Identifier

The Scopus Author ID works with Scopus and ScienceDirect databases. Outputs from the same author are aggregated in to a Scopus Author ID and the details of those publications are listed, additionally citations to the outputs are counted and some bibliometric data are calculated for the author. 

Finding your Scopus Author ID

To learn more about how to find your Scopus Author ID you can use the Scopus Author Search or check out this tutorial.

Updating/editing your Scopus ID

As the information is collated automatically you may find that wrong articles have been attributed to you, or that your articles have been split across several duplicate IDs. You can use the Author Feedback Wizard to merge or edit your record. The online guide explains the process, or contact your subject librarian.


ResearcherID is a unique identifier for Web of Science which is now hosted on the Publons platform

Log in or register for a ResearcherID

You can connect your ResearcherID to your ORCID account by going to your Settings and then Permissions section in your ResearcherID page. You are able to authorize Publons (the hosting platform) to update your ORCID with your current list of pubications from ResearcherID, and can additionally authorize Publons to create a link to your ResearcherID page on your ORCID profile.