It is important for researchers that their articles are easy to find in citation databases and thus gain visibility in the research community. However, due to variations in spelling and spelling mistakes in authors’ names in the databases, the identification of researchers and finding their publications can be difficult. After creating a researcher profile they are assigned a personal researcher identifier under which they can gather all their publications. Researcher profiles improve the discoverability of articles and facilitate keeping track of citations received, as well as enhance the researchers’ visibility in the research community.
The international ORCID researcher identifier (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides you with a persistent and unique digital identifier. It is a number sequence that distinguishes you from other researchers. More than 4 million researchers already have an ORCID identifier.
To create your own profile you must first register to ORCID. Researchers at the University of Oulu are advised to create their ORCID identifiers via the link at: http://www.oulu.fi/library/orcid_en. This way your ORCID is simultaneously linked to the University's research information systems.
You can either maintain your profile manually or use the auto-update functionality to update your record automatically with publication information for example from ResearcherID, Scopus, Europe PubMed Central, and CrossRef Metadata Search. You can also import publication information in the BibTex format.
On the My information page in the Oulun yliopisto tutkii (SoleCRIS) database you can view and edit your own profile, which shows your key personal details, such as contact information and fields of expertise. Any publications, expert tasks and other merits submitted to the database will be listed on your information page as well.
Scopus automatically creates researcher profiles with author identifiers. Researchers can request for corrections, if needed. For example if:
Requests can be made directly in Scopus or through a separate Author Feedback Wizard. By linking your Scopus researcher profile to your ORCID profile all your publications in Scopus are automatically added to your ORCID record. Data will not be transferred in the opposite direction, however.
After registration in the ResearcherID service researchers can create a researcher profile and through it maintain their list of publications. They can also supplement their profiles with affiliation information and monitor both the citation data and h-index from the Web of Science.
ResearcherID is integrated with Web of Science, making it is easy to add publications to your own researcher account. You can also import articles in the RIS format from other databases and reference software. Your ORCID account can be associated with your ResearcherID and data can be exchanged between these two.
Google Scholar does not automatically create profiles for researchers. However, they can create a Google account and collect all their articles found in Google Scholar to their My Citations page. The profile can be made public or kept private.
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Universities also have their own profiles for example in Scopus and Web of Science. Since the university profiles are used for example in university rankings to evaluate the impact of publications, it is important to ensure that you cite your affiliation to your university in the correct form in your publications already at the writing stage.
All publications by researchers of the University of Oulu must cite University of Oulu as the affiliation, in addition to more detailed information about research units etc.
For example Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland