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Scholarly Communication at MTSU: Scholar Identification

Scholar identification tools, such as ORCID and Publons, allow scholars to develop a profile of scholarly and creative work. These tools seek to solve the name disambiguation problem by asking scholars to create a unique identifier, link all of their scholarly output to the platform, and use the identifier when submitting or creating future scholarly work. Author identifiers provide robust, and growing, integration into other indexes like Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, MLA International, and others. Author identifiers enable additional benefits, such as quantifying researcher citation metrics, and identifying and recognizing diverse outputs such as conferences, intellectual property, data sets, standards, open-access articles, creative work, and supervision of student scholarship.

Scholar identification tools

 ORCID provides researcher with a unique, 16-digit ID, which can be kept throughout your career and connect you with your research output. is a non-profit organization dedicated to connect researchers with research. Your ORCID profile may be linked to Scopus Author Identifier, Publons, and Mendeley profile. Your publication information may be exchanged among these profiles.

Scopus logoScopus Author Identifiers are part of Scopus author profiles. When you publish in a journal that is indexed by Scopus, you will automatically be assigned a Scopus Author Identifier. Search your name using the Author Search on the linked page above and choose your name from the results. You may request merge profiles if there are multiple records under your name. 

Publons logoWeb of Science ResearcherID is now on Publons. Use Publons to track your publications, citation metrics, peer reviews, and journal editing work in a single, easy-to-maintain profile.

Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name

Scholarly sharing and networking
Academia is a platform for sharing academic research. Subscribing to Academia Premium gives researchers access to advanced research discovery tools and gives authors enhanced analytics and impact tracking tools.

Mendeley profile
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. 

ResearchGate is the professional network for scientists and researchers. Over 17 million members from all over the world use it to share, discover, and discuss research. 

LT&ITC Workshop - 2/16/2021

Author Identifiers
Mary Ellen Sloane, Science Librarian
Thursday, October 20, 2020
3:00-4:00 PM

What are author identifiers

                A profile created by ORCID, Publons, and Scopus, and Google Scholar

Solve the name disambiguation/ name change problem

Link scholarly output within the platforms

Fuller picture of scholarly and creative work

Use the identifier when submitting scholarly work

  • ORCID – comprehensive view of scholarly work – no metrics
  • Publons / Web of Science – may add all publications, focus on peer review (merging with ResearcherID)
  • Scopus – Elsevier – only includes Scopus-indexed sources (merging with Mendeley)
  • Google Scholar – can import all publications – includes metrics


  • New resource in ORCID
  • Trusted individual in ORCID
  • Duplicate profiles in Scopus
  • Publons – sync with ORCID
  • Connect Mendeley with ORCID
  • Google Scholar

Scholarly sharing and networking