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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Enhancing your academic visibility & profile

Enhancing your academic visibility & profile: YOU in databases: Academic profiling

YOU in databases: Academic profiling

Finding your publications in citation databases - Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar - can be more difficult than expected. Reasons why it can be difficult:

  • you share your name with other researchers - does the algorithm used by the database disambiguate the authors correctly?
  • you have used different names, for example your first name vs. your initials or your married vs. your maiden name
  • you have a name that automatic indexing systems have difficulty processing - compound names, names with special characters and surnames with a prefix, such as 'van' or 'van der', can cause problems
  • in the original publication your name was spelled incorrectly
  • you published in a journal out of your normal 'scope' - this can make it hard for outsiders to decide if the publication is yours.

In the chapter Examples of name problems you can see some real-life examples.

You know what you have published, but for someone else it can be hard to make a list of your publications. If this list is needed to decide whether you're a suitable candidate for a research grant or research position, this can have unintended consequences.

However, there is a solution: claim your publications! Create or check author profiles, enrich them with information about your affiliation and interests, add your publications and keep them up-to-date.

The video What is ORCID? (4.17) explains how the ORCID identifier can ensure that your publications, datasets, and other research outputs are connected with you and how that saves time.

Examples of name problems

You share your name with other researchers

When you search in Scopus for publications of Lars Norden, you find three Scopus Author Profiles. One of these researchers publishes in the field of economics, econometrics and finance, business, management and accounting...


If you would make the effort to check the publications assigned to this profile, you'll find out that this list contains publications of two authors: Lars Nordén and Lars Norden. They work in the same field (at least for the layman), and published in the same journals. So it's not strange the algorithm of Scopus wasn't able to spot the difference. Fortunately, both researchers have an easy-to-find online publication list and a Google Scholar Citation Profile - this helps to find out which publication belongs to which researcher. But if you would just use Scopus 'quick and easy' you might draw the wrong conclusions.

Overview of academic author profiles

ORCID - Open Researcher and Contributor ID - is an initiative to solve the author/contributor name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers and an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current author ID schemes. More and more funders and publishers will ask for your ORCID.

You can create your own ORCID ID, which is a 16-digit number (xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx) - check the Handout Creating your ORCID (PDF) for more information.

You can link your ORCID ID to your Scopus Author Identifier, to your ResearcherID and to your publications in Web of Science.

As an example: this is the ORCID of Rutger Engels (rector magnificus of the EUR): https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1944-9126 

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