Developing your researcher profile

Related: Publishing your research; Measuring research impact


orcid-logoORCiD is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.

ORCiD takes into account all the different ways you and publishers spell, abbreviate and format your name, allowing you to have more than one version of your name. Your 16 digital unique code disambiguates your name from other researchers and assists in linking together all your ID numbers and publications from such databases as Scopus and ResearcherID from Thomson Reuters.

ORCiD is unique in its’ ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is an international hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCiD identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.  ORCiD is free to researchers and supported by an open community-driven non-profit group. You control your profile information and the level of information you wish to share.  Your ORCiD can be added to your staff profile and CV’s and manuscript submissions and is portable across systems and institutions throughout your career.

145 Organisations, Companies and Publishers have already joined ORCiD including Wiley, PLOS, PNAS, Oxford University Press, IOP Publishing, Elsevier, CrossRef and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.​

Lincoln University research staff are asked to manage their ORCiD via our Elements Research System.

Academic Staff with existing ORCiDs should log into Elements and configure their ORCiD with Elements via the my Data Source zone on the Home page.  Staff without ORCiDs will be contacted shortly by the RMO to begin the process.

For more information about ORCiD please access their Help information.

Training Videos

Increase your visibility

  • Deposit your research outputs into the  Lincoln University Research Archive. This may include a pre-print or publishers’ version of your work.
  • Submit a video about your research into the Lincoln University Living Heritage.
    Contact Library, Teaching and Learning to find out more about creating a presence in the Lincoln University archives.
  • Publish Open Access.
  • Consider Journals @ Lincoln.
  • Create a professional online profile and link to your research outputs, e.g.  Linkedin
  • Use a stable author name and create a researcher identity to unambigously link publications to you.

Creating a researcher identity

Why is this important? A researcher identity is a unique identity that helps:

  • Group any name variations that you may have published under.
  • Link all of your publications together.
  • Improve your impact as a researcher.
  • Differentiate between authors with similar names.
  • Assist with metrics such as citation counts and h-indexes.

Consider using the following services:

  • ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). This is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. It also allows you to connect other ID systems together.
  • ResearcherID (from Thomson Reuters and Web of Science). You can create a personal profile which enables you to manage your publication lists, track times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators and avoid author misidentification.
  • Google Scholar Citations – You can keep track of citations to your work, check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, which then may appear in Google Scholar search results.

Online profiles

There are a number of reasons why you should consider creating an online profile:

  • Increase the visibility of your research and scholarship.
  • Solve the issue of author name ambiguity and attribution.
  • Maximise the citation rate of your research.
  • Increase the chance of new contacts for research collaboration.
  • Increase your options for funding.


Researcher communities:

  • Academici – You can create a profile, join a forum or discussion group, connect and follow other researchers.
  • – You can add your research outputs, see analytics on your profile and papers, follow other researchers in your field.
  • MyNetResearch – You can add your research outputs, connect with a worldwide community or managing projects funded grant proposals and inventions.
  • Researchgate – Developed by scientists for scientists. You can add your research outputs, choose topics or researchers to follow, ask a research question, or explore career opportunities.

Personal sites, social and professional media: