Tracking researcher impact & researcher identification

There are several databases which allow you to track and measure the scholarly impact of the publications of an individual researcher. Most used are Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar.

This measurement starts with identifying the publications of the researcher in the database(s) you have chosen as source. Name ambiguity is a recurring issue: one researcher can have multiple names and one name can refer to multiple researchers. To solve this problem of misidentification several researcher IDs have been developed. ORCID is a researcher ID that's requested by more and more funders and publishers.

You can read more about these most used databases and the measuring of impact in the course Research Impacts: sources and metrics.

ORCID

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). You can link your ORCID ID to your Scopus Author Identifier and to your ResearcherID. 

For more information, see the handout made by the University Library.

As an example: this is the ORCID of Peter Hupe (FSW): http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9982-4362

Web of Science (from Thomson Reuters)

Web of Science offers bibliographical access to scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Over 12.000 journals are covered. Conference proceedings are also part of the EUR-subscription.

Researcher identifiers in Web of Science

Thomson Reuters has developed ResearcherID, which allows you to claim your publications in Web of Science. When you have a ResearcherID you can link this ID to your ORCID. The ResearcherID and ORCID are visible on the article level.

General information about ResearcherID is available here. You can also download the handout made by the University Library of the EUR.

As an example: this is the ResearcherID of Maureen Rutten-van Mölken (iBMG): http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-8481-2014 

Available researcher impact metrics

  • Number of publications
  • Number of times cited - with and without self-citations
  • Average citations per item 
  • H-index 

Scopus (from Elsevier)

Scopus is a multidisciplinary abstract and citation database - covering over 21.000 journals from more than 5.000 publishers, and also books and conference proceedings. 

More information about Scopus: Scopus Quick Reference Guide

Researcher identifiers in Scopus
The Scopus Author Identifier distinguishes between names by assigning each author in Scopus a unique number and grouping together all of the documents written by that author. An algorithm is used that matches author names based on their affiliation, address, subject area, source title, dates of publication citations, and co-authors. If mistakes have been made in this automatic process, you can request author detail corrections (for example merging profiles or excluding publications from your profile). The Scopus Author Identifier can be linked to your ORCID (see Elsevier's tutorial).

More information about Scopus Author Identifier: the help file of Elsevier. You can also download the handout created by the University Library of the EUR.

As an example: this is the Scopus Author Identifier of Arnold Bakker (FSW): http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=55936456200 

Available researcher impact metrics

  • Number of publications (this can include books and book chapters) 
  • Number of citations
  • H-index (with and without self-citations)

Google Scholar (from Google)

With Google Scholar you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, patents and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. The coverage is not limited to certain disciplines or certain journals.

Researcher identifier in Google Scholar
You can create your own Google Scholar Citations profile. You have to match your publications to your profile. When you make this profile public, it will appear in the Google Scholar results when people search for your name. In Publish or Perish version 5 it's possible to search by Google Scholar Profile.

More information about Google Scholar Citations is available here. You can also use the handout created by the University Library of the EUR.

As an example: this is the Google Scholar Citations profile of Henk Volberda (RSM): https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=r_JK4awAAAAJ&hl=en 

Available researcher impact metrics

On a Google Scholar Citations profile you can find:

  • Number of citations (based on all years or on the last five years)
  • H-index (based on all years or on the last five years)
  • I10-index (the number of publications with at least 10 citations)

Publish or Perish (from Anne-Wil Harzing)

Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents several metrics, including:

  • Number of papers
  • Number of citations
  • Number of citations per paper
  • H-index
  • G-index