Maximize your impact

Author disambiguation

Start distinguishing your name with these tools.

Sign up for an ORCID Identifier
The Open Researcher Community ID (ORCID) is an increasingly recognized persistent digital identifier that is unique to you and distinguishes you from other researchers. 

Get a ResearcherID with Web of Science
A ResearcherID can be linked to your ORCID number and facilitates citation metrics and publication tracking using Web of Science tools. With a ResearcherID, you will be included in the Web of Knowledge author index allowing other researchers to learn more about your work and affiliations.

Google Scholar Citations is a citation service provided free of charge that allows authors to track citations to their scholarly works and calculate numerous citation metrics based on Google Scholar citation data. By setting up a profile, you will be able to disambiguate yourself from authors with the same or similar names.

Scopus Author Identifier
Scopus assigns each author a unique Scopus Author Identifier that is linked to ORCID. You can search Scopus using your name, then locate your ID number and link it to ORCID.

International Name Identifier
ISNI is an ISO open standard for identifying contributors of creative works and includes researchers, inventors, artists, writers and more. The ISNI holds public records for more than 9 million identities. You must contact the ISNI to request an identifier.

Make yourself more visible with scholarly collaboration networks

Make your work more visible with various web-based tools and social media platforms.

Developed by the non-profit Our Research and supported by the National Science Foundation, Impactstory is free and built on your ORCID profile. It tells the story of your research and includes metrics for mentions, global reach, and percentage of articles available through open access sources.

Mendeley Reference Management provides an integrated dashboard as part of your profile so that you can monitor your impact. Stats include both traditional metrics through Scopus and Science Direct and altmetrics including Mendeley readers and mentions in the media.

ResearchGate is a for-profit social networking site where researchers can share publications, collaborate, and get metrics on other users reading and citing their work. Be careful not to upload any papers that may violate publisher copyright. is a for-profit social networking site for academics to share papers, monitor impact, and follow other researchers (Wikipedia). Although users can upload and share papers, is not an open-source repository.