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Citations, Altmetrics and Researcher Profiles: Researcher profiles

A guide to the key tools for examining research impact, as well as setting up and managing your research profiles.

Researcher profiles

These free researcher profiles can be valuable tools to:

  • Showcase your work to the world
  • Manage your publications list
  • Be identified by potential collaborators
  • Avoid misidentification
  • Enable your research output to be attributed to UWA
  • Track citation counts
  • Enhance your UWA researcher profile page by linking to other profiles

You may find that more than one profile is needed to best showcase all of your research. At a minimum, ensure that your UWA Profiles and Research Repository profile is up to date and link it to your existing ORCiD, or create and then link an ORCiD from your UWA Repository Profile. Find out how here.

The University Library offers workshops and advice to help you set up your profiles. Email the librarian support team for more information:


Academic profiles in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository link researchers' publications, grants, open access datasets and more. 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, follow the instructions 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 researchers with a 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.

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.

Set up your ORCID iD 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.

The two profiles will automatically be linked. Registration for an ORCID iD is free. Follow the UWA Repository FAQ provides instructions on how you can create an ORCID iD.

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

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.


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        

ResearcherID, by Clarivate Analytics, assigns a specific ID number to each registered researcher in order to reduce problematic identity issues. Researchers can add the details of their publications to their individual profile and these are made available to anyone searching the database. Citation metrics such as number of times cited and h-index are automatically calculated using details from Web of Science.

Your ResearcherID is maintained through Publons, which also enables you to record peer review and journal editing work. 


My Citations - Google Scholar

Create a profile in Google Scholar to ensure correct attribution of your publications and citations. Profiles can be private or public. We strongly recommend all citations are checked for accuracy.

Get started with Google Scholar citations.


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