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Research Visibility

This guide provides you the ways in raising your research visibility and information about the measurement of your research impact.

Web of Science ResearcherID and Publons profile

Web of Science ResearcherID ...

  • is an identifier used in Web of Science, a citation database.
  • allows researchers to add publications even if they are not indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection.
  • allows citation metrics e.g. total citations and h-index to be accurately calculated based on data from Web of Science.

Note: Since April 2019, ResearcherID has been migrated to a new platform - Publons. With Publons, researchers now can have a comprehensive view of both research outputs, and contributions in peer review and journal editorial work. 

See an example here

Why register a ResearcherID ?

  • Track your publications, citation metrics, peer reviews, and journal editing work in one, easy-to-maintain profile.
  • Showcase your research output, demonstrate research impact, and display your editorial and peer-review effort.

  • Easy to add publications from Web of Science, ORCID, DOI/title search or by file upload.
  • Automatically update your profile with institutional affiliation and publications you have authored that are indexed in Web of Science thus allowing you to maintain ResearcherID throughout your research career. 

Tips on using ResearcherID

  • Make your Publons profile open to public. This allows others to see your publications and h-index. Your ResearcherID will also be displayed at the article page in Web of Science database. Other scholars who find your paper interesting can further discover all of your publications in the database through your ResearcherID profile. You can change the Settings under "Metrics visibility".
  • Keep only one ResearcherID/Publons account. The aim of author IDs is to reduce name ambiguity and avoid author misidentification, so that your publications and citations won't get split. Do check if you have already had an account before creating a new one.
  • Make sure your Publons profile is up-to-date. You may update your profile 2-3 times a year or when you have new publications.


You can visit and click on JOIN PUBLONS NOW to register a Web of Science ResearcherID.

Please check if you have an existing ResearcherID or Publons account before creating a new one. You can sign in with your Web of Science or EndNote account credentials if you have already registered a ResearcherID or Publons account.


1.  I forgot the password of my ResearcherID/ Web of Science/ EndNote/ Publons account. What should I do?

Click on "Forgot password" from and enter your email address. You will able to reset your password after receiving the email from Publons.

In case you no longer have access to the email address you used on your account, please refer to the recommendation here.

2.  I have two accounts. What should I do?

You can remove one account via Delete account. Publons will then contact you for confirmation. Alternatively, you may directly email them at with the details of the accounts. For details, please see here.

More FAQs:

Add your publications to your profile in order to enjoy the benefits of having a ResearcherID. Click on IMPORT PUBLICATIONS on the Publications tab under My records from the sidebar:


There are a number of ways to import publications to your ResearcherID:

  1. Import from Web of Science
    Publons will use your name, publishing aliases, and email address to query Web of Science and allow you to claim the publications if there are any found in the database. Note that only publications indexed in Web of Science can be added using this way.
  2. Sync with ORCID
    If you have already set up a comprehensive ORICD profile, you can import publications directly from ORCID. ‚ÄčTo do this, first you need to authorize Publons to pull records from your ORCID. Follow the steps here to grant Publons permission to access your ORCID record. After this, you can proceed to sync your publications from ORCID to your Publons profile.

  3. Search and import by DOI or title
    You can also manually add publications one-by-one by entering an identifier (DOI, arXiv, or PubMed ID) or their title.  
  4. Import by file upload (RIS, CSV, or BibTeX)

    Simply select the file and click on “Upload”. You can read more about requirements for publication file uploads here.

If you have imported publications via Web of Science, DOI/title search, or file upload, and you wish to add these publications to your ORCID profile, you can integrate your ResearcherID with your ORCID account. This also allows you to easily auto synchronize records between the two systems in the future. Find out more from Integrate with ORCID.

ORCID is an author identifier that can be used throughout your entire research career. It can be linked to and used by publishers, databases, funders, and organizations, so that it can save your efforts on manually input information when you submit your manuscript or apply for grants. By integrating your Researcher ID with ORCID, you can:

  • easily populate your ORCID profile with publications from Web of Science and keep records on both systems auto-updated
  • display your ResearcherID on your ORCID profile

Follow these steps to integrate your ResearcherID with ORCID:

  1. On the Permissions page, click on "Link your ORCID".
  2. Go back to the permissions page and select "Grant Publons permission to update your ORCID works" and confirm authorization request.
    (Note: You may also check the option "Keep my ORCID publication list up to date with my Publons account" if you wish to have any publication record added to your Publons profile in the future to be auto-added to your ORCID.)
  3. Click on "Export Publications to ORCID now".

After you have integrated ResearcherID with ORCID, your ResearcherID and ORCID ID will be linked and displayed on both platforms (see snapshot on the right). 


  • You can still maintain publications in Web of Science without having to register ResearcherID. Web of Science will be mapping the publication record with the author’s ORCID as long as the publication is listed under his/her ORCID profile. This allows authors to retrieve all publications in Web of Science by their ORCID.