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Citations, Altmetrics and Researcher Profiles: Researcher profiles

A guide to the key tools for measuring and describing your research performance, as well as setting up and managing your research profiles

Researcher profiles

Well managed researcher profiles enable you to effectively track engagement with your research outputs and some enable you to benchmark your performance against other researchers.

Importantly, they also:

  • Showcase your research to the world
  • Manage your publications list
  • Increase your visibility to potential collaborators and grant assessors
  • Prevent misidentification
  • Enable your research output to be attributed to UWA

This table introduces the researcher profiles that UWA authors should consider setting up and managing. At a minimum, ensure that your UWA Profiles and Research Repository profile is up to date and link it to your ORCiD if you have one, or create and then link an ORCiD from your UWA Repository Profile. Find out how here.


Profiles in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository are the sole, authorised public profiles for UWA staff. They enable access to comprehensive and up to date information about research, teaching activities, professional expertise and outputs.

A profile has been established for all UWA research and teaching staff.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students enrolled with the Graduate Research School are also eligible to have a profile. HDR students must have an ORCID iD to be eligible and can request a profile by emailing

Any UWA academic or professional staff member who does not have a profile in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository can request one by emailing

  • To update your Profile Information fields, such as your biography, education, research, teaching and professional background, view the FAQs here.
  • The UWA Research Integrity Policy requires you to include your ORCID iD in your publications and to link it to your UWA profile.

ORCID logo   What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides you with a free globally unique identifier that can be used throughout your scholarly career. In an international research environment, your ORCID iD distinguishes your research output from all other researchers to ensure consistent, reliable attribution of your work and accurate measurement of your research impact.

You should register for an ORCID iD to get a unique, persistent identifier and a profile page which can include your list of publications.

Quoting your iD when publishing a paper, releasing a dataset or applying for funding will:

  • Eliminate name ambiguities, ensuring all your research outputs are linked to your name and name variations.
  • Allow the UWA Profiles and Research Repository to find and match your research outputs more efficiently, saving you time.

ORCID® iDs are increasingly being required by:

  • Journal publishers
  • Funding bodies and
  • University repositories

Note: ORCID does not track citations and your ORCID profile will not include citation counts.

Connect your ORCID iD to your UWA Profile

The UWA Research Integrity Policy requires authors to include their ORCID iD in publications and to ensure that it is linked to their profile in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository.

Check whether you already have an ORCID iD before you register for one to avoid creating a duplicate profile. Try searching for your name on the ORCID website. If your name appears, try logging in using your current or previous email addresses. You may need to use the Forgotten password option.

 See the UWA Repository FAQ for more information.

Your ORCID iD also links publications in the Scopus and Web of Science databases, which can be highly beneficial for author disambiguation and the calculation of research metrics.

Once your UWA Repository profile is linked to your ORCID iD, your ORCID profile will be automatically updated from the Repository each Sunday, or you can "push" details through to your ORCID iD at any time. You only need to keep your UWA Repository profile up to date.

How can I use my ORCID® iD most effectively?

  • Associate your ORCID® iD with all your name variations to ensure all of your research work is attributed to you.
  • Link your ORCID® iD to your profile in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository. 
  • Connect your ORCID® iD with other identifiers such as Researcher ID and Scopus Author ID to make it easier for others to find your research output
  • Quote your ORCID® iD when submitting a manuscript. 
  • Include your ORCID® iD in funding submissions and grant applications. ARC and NHMRC encourage all researchers applying for funding to cite their ORCID®.
  • Put your ORCID® iD on your webpage, CV, email signature, conference presentations and in social media.
  • You can also link multiple institutional or other accounts to your ORCID® account. Once linked, any of these may be used to access your ORCID® record. To link multiple accounts, repeat the linking procedure for each additional account. You can view the accounts that you have linked to your ORCID® record in your ORCID® account settings.
  • Build a complete picture of your research activities in your ORCID profile by adding information including grants, datasets, peer review activities, websites, and links to other person identifiers. Follow the instructions in the PDF below to efficiently add other information to your ORCID profile.

See this FAQ on how to Add other information to your ORCID profile (PDF 411KB) 


Scopus Author Identifier

The Scopus Author Identifier assigns a unique number to each author in the Scopus database and groups together all their publications. It accounts for variant versions of names by matching affiliations, addresses, subject areas, co-authors and dates of publication. It automatically calculates citation counts and the h-index.

If you have published in a journal that is indexed in Scopus, a Scopus Author Identifier would have been automatically generated for you. Sometimes this can result in several Scopus Author ID's especially if your name, institution or field of research has changed. To link your Scopus author profile with ORCID, use the Scopus Author Feedback wizard.

Researcher ID        

The Web of Science ResearcherID provides a unique identifier that connects you and your publications across the Clarivate Analytics group of products, including Web of ScienceWeb of Science Researcher Profiles (previously Publons) and Incites (Benchmarking and Analytics). Citation metrics such as number of times cited and h-index are automatically calculated using data from Web of Science.

Create and maintain your Web of Science ResearcherID through Web of Science Researcher Profiles, where you can also record peer review and journal editing work. See the guided tour for help getting started. 



Google Scholar Profile

Create a profile in Google Scholar to ensure correct attribution of your publications and citations. Your profile will provide you with the Google Scholar citation count for each of your publications and your Google Scholar h-index. Profiles can be private or public. We strongly recommend that you check your profile regularly to ensure accuracy.

Set up your Google Scholar Profile


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