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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.

About Researcher Profiles

Why set up Researcher Profiles?

As an author, you want to maximize your research impact and be sure that you get credit for all your research output. Setting up Researcher Profiles enables you to:

  • increase the visibility and accessibility of your research output
  • ensure work is correctly attributed to you (e.g. ORCID aims to solve the name ambiguity problem of authors)
  • use the same profile in long-term even you change your name or institutions
  • show citation metrics which indicate the reach of your work (citation metrics can be shown in ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID and Google Scholar but not ORCID)


The main profiling tools are:

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)

Scopus Author ID

ResearcherID (via Web of Science)

Google Scholar Profile

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Each profiling tool has its own functionality and features and they are not mutually exclusive. For example, you can obtain citation counts and author metrics using Scopus Author ID, ResearcherID and Google Scholar profile but not in ORCID. Depending on your research profile and need, you may use more than one tool to accurately showcase your research and impact.

Our recommended practice would be to:

(1) register an ORCID account, and 
(2) integrate it with your Scopus Author ID (after you have cleaned your ID), and then ResearcherID (if you have registered one). 

After the integration, your publications will be added to the ORCID profile. To know the details of each profiling tool, click on the respective author profiles above.

Good Practices for Managing Researcher Profiles

A well-managed researcher profile helps increase the visibility of an author's works. However, with so many different author profiling tools, authors become confused about how these systems work and whether they should create a profile on each platform. To help our authors fully utilize these tools, the Library has worked out some good practices that you can follow in managing your author profiles.

A recommended workflow to manage author profiles:

  Clean up Scopus Author profile
  Register ORCID
  Add publications from Scopus to ORCID
  Register ResearcherID
  Add publications from ORCID to ResearcherID
  Check duplicates in ORCID & Manually add works that are not indexed in Scopus or Web of Science


Workflow in details:

❶ Start with cleaning up your Scopus Author profiles. This is because you may have incorrect or multiple profiles in Scopus. A Scopus profile is automatically created once you have a paper published in Scopus. With different name variants or affiliations, you may have multiple IDs / profiles in Scopus which split your works. This also affects the citation information such as total citation counts of your works and your h-index.

  • Click here to know how to merge your author profiles or request author detail corrections in Scopus

 Once you have a unique author ID in Scopus, register an ORCID account and link it with Scopus. By integrating Scopus with ORCID, you will have all your publications in Scopus added to your ORCID profile. Researchers will be able to identify (search) your works in Scopus using either your ORCID or Scopus Author ID.

  • Click here to know how to register an ORCID account, or
    Click here if you have already had an ORCID and wish to connect it to PolyU
  • Click here to learn how to integrate Scopus with ORCID

❺ Now you have your ORCID populated with publications in Scopus. Register a ResearcherID account as well, if Web of Science is a commonly used database in your research community. Then, instead of adding publications one by one to your ResearcherID, you can choose to push your works from ORCID to ResearcherID since you already had publications in ORCID. Publications indexed in Web of Science will be automatically linked to the article page in Web of Science from your ResearcherID profile. 

  • Click here to know how to register a ResearcherID
  • Click here to know how to send works from ORCID to ResearcherID

❻ A final step is to check if there are any duplicate records in ORCID. If you have any works that are not indexed by Scopus or Web of Science, you can manually add them to your ORCID profile.

  • Click here to know how to manually add works to ORCID

Keep the above practices on a regular basis. First, make sure that your new publications in Scopus are correctly attributed to you and then update ORCID and ResearcherID profiles accordingly.

Contact us if you need any assistance.