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Measuring Research Impact: Researcher Profile and Visibility

Why Set Up a Research Profile?

The main reason for setting up a research profile is to increase the visibility of your published articles. This makes it easy for others to easily identify your work. The tools listed on this page allow you to create a profile with a unique identifier that you can use to identify your output. It is important to note, however, that you do need to keep them up-to-date yourself and ensure that all your publications are included. 

The main profiling tools are:

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)



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ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides you a persistent, unique digital identifier that distinguishes you from all other researchers (example: Prof. Ip, Nancy Y Y's ORCID: 0000-0002-2763-8907). It can help integrate your published work and support automated linkages between you and your professional activities (e.g. awarded grants or any research workflow) ensuring that you get credit for your work.

Create an ORCID iD

A unique researcher identifier helps you to distinguish your scholarly activities from those of others with similar names. ORCID is a non-profit, cross-disciplinary effort to create and maintain a registry of unique and persistent researcher identifiers. By attaching your ORCID iD to research objects such as articles, citations, datasets, research projects and patents, you can establish clear ownership of your scholarly output, and make your works more discoverable. Many publishers, universities and funding bodies embed ORCID iD in their research workflow and management.

Creating ORCID iD is free. Over 1 million identifiers have been issued worldwide; many universities are joining ORCID as an institutional effort.

To make it easy for the HKUST research community, the Library has set up a registration system with ORCID. Using this system, you can use your HKUST login to create an ORCID iD in a few clicks. Your ORCID record will automatically be filled out with your biographical information and HKUST affiliation. If you already have an ORCID iD, you can use this system to enrich your ORCID record.

Guide to HKUST ORCID iD Registration System 

Import publications into ORCID

Once registered in ORCID, you can import publications from different sources into your ORCID profile

  1. From ResearcherID (Web of Science) and Scopus:​
    • Login to your ORCID record.
    • Under Works section.
    • Click on "+Add works" and then "Search & link".
    • Follow the on screen prompts to send your papers to ORCID. 
  2. Search for and add publications manually:
    • Login to your ORCID record.
    • Under Works section.
    • Click on "+Add works" and then "+Add manually".
  3. Importing publications from Google Scholar to ORCID:

ResearcherID on Publons


What is ResearcherID?

ResearcherID is a unique identifier for researchers on Publons, Web of Science, and InCites. All the publications you add to your Publons profile will be linked to your Web of Science ResearcherID, meaning someone can use that ResearcherID to find your works in Web of Science and InCites.

To learn more about ResearcherID on Publons, visit ResearchersID-Publons.

Scopus Author ID

What is Scopus Author ID?

Scopus Author ID is another identifier used specifically by the Scopus database and has many of the same features as the ResearcherID in that it helps manage publication lists and citations. 

Scopus Author ID is a unique number automatically assigned to each author who has published at least 1 article indexed by Scopus. It aims to group together all the publications written by that author thus allowing citation metrics such as number of times cited and h-index to be accurately calculated based on the data from Scopus.

Register a Scopus Author ID

Scopus automatically creates a Scopus Author ID for you when you have publications indexed in Scopus, there is no need to create an account. You may find your author ID and profile by conducting an Author Search in Scopus.

Author's publication lists are updated automatically by Scopus. It is important that authors should check regularly all the publications listed in their profiles so as to ensure that the publication and citation metrics are accurate.

It can be connected with ORCID records by displaying your Scopus Author ID on your ORCID profile thus allowing quick interlinking between platforms.

How to import Scopus publications into ORCID?

  • Login to your ORCID record.
  • Under Works section.
  • Click on "+Add works" and then "Scopus to ORCID".
  • Follow the on screen prompts to send your Scopus ID and publications to ORCID. 

Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar Citations is a citation service provided free of charge.  It is easy to set up, especially if you already have a Google account.  Like other citation tracking services, it tracks academic articles, but it also counts theses, book titles and other documents towards author citation metrics.

For more information see the Google Scholar Citations guide

How to import Google Scholar publications into ORCID?

ORCID has created a tool that allows you to import citations from BibTeX (.bib) files into your ORCID record, including files exported from Google Scholar and other popular citation management tools.

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