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Develop a publication: the researcher's profile

The researcher profile is a personal account in a specific web environment, database or application that allows you to manage your scientific signature (name and surnames, institutional affiliation) and facilitates the research activity. It enables:

  • To collect all your scientific production, gathering the different publications that present variants of your name.
  • To unify your signature as a researcher, with the chosen form (you should use the FECYT guidelines).
  • It mahes it easier to collect the citations received and to calculate the H index.
  • Facilitate decision-making for funding agencies
  • To give greater visibility and diffusion to your scientific production.

These are the currently existing proposals that we consider interesting:

WOS ResearcherID

WOS ResearcherID :  system of identification of authorship of the resource Web of Science, is managed in the system of personal profiles of Publons.

Publons is the new environment in which this profile is integrated in order to obtain new functions for researchers to track their publications, Web of Science citations metrics, peer review history and journal affiliations in one place.

The Web of Science Researcher Id:

  • It allows a free registration to generate a unique identifier code.
  • It facilitates searches and the creation of curricular profiles.
  • It provides bibliometric data such as the H index and the citations received in WOS.


Publons: Track more of your research impact from Publons on Vimeo.

Scopus author ID

Scopus author ID:  author and profile identifier, integrated in the database  Scopus (Elsevier).

  • It is automatically created for any author whose work is included in this resource.
  • It is common to find several authority entries for the same researcher, altering the surnames (mainly the spanish ones).
  • The unification of the scientific signature can be requested through the application Author Feedback Wizard
  • It offers metric analysis, h index and citations monitoring.   


ORCID  (Open Researcher & Contributor ID)  is an open, non-profit project that offers a system for unequivocal identification of researchers as well as a clear method to link their research activities with their publications. It provides:

  • A unique and persistent identifier for scientific and academic authors, which contains the scientific signature and eliminates the ambiguity between their research and this of any other researchers with the same or similar name.
  • A space to register their data and works, and to share them if you wish.
  • It is expressed as a unique URL (ex.

This initiative, created and maintained by an association of academic entities, is supported by the main international editors (Nature Publishing Group, Elsevier, Hindawi, Thomson Reuters, Springer, Wiley...) and research institutions (CERN, MIT, CalTech...).

Although its voluntary nature, this identifier is already being requested in the presentation of the abbreviated curriculum for the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness I + D + i Projects. In the future, it is expected that it will be increasingly demanded by R & D organizations, journals and evaluators.

In spite of the institutions where researchers may develop their scientific activity throughout their life, the ORCID code will always remain the same, what allows to create automated links between all thei professional activities.

Researchers can register individually in ORCID for free.

Advantages for the research staff:

  • Disambiguation of names: avoids the confusion between his name and that of their colleagues with similar or equal names, allowing to create the unique scientific signature and name variants..
  • It allows a correct attribution of publications in multiple sources and information systems.
  • Possibility of importing and exporting bibliographical references from  Researcher ID (linked to WoS ) and Scopus., RedAlyC, MLA, ISNI, CrossRef...
  • Option of signing articles with the ORCID code (when accepted by the main scientific publications).
  • Management of affiliation history.
  • Simplification of the research activity evaluationn tasks.
  • Integration in scientific production management systems (repositories, Universitas XXI,…).
  • Possibility of associating the ORCID with the funding requests and the CVN standard of the FECYT.

ORCID: sign up

Informative video about ORCID (in English)


         Visual guide by ORCID

        Guía Visual de Orcid

Google Scholar Citation

Google Scholar Citations: Google Scholar application to create a professional profile in the academic field.

  • It allows to collect the scientific documents located from Google Scholar.
  • Google Scholar contains:
    • Journal articles, books and chapters, communications and conference papers, scientific-technical reports, theses, dissertations, grade reports, and other works collected in institutional repositories. or with references in academic or research websites (universities, research centers), publishers, repositories, library catalogs, databases (eg Dialnet), etc..
    • Presents H Index and monitorization of the citations located in this database.
  • It stands out for:
    • Collecting documents in several languages, in addition to English.
    • Containing references that we do not find in other commercial products
    • Very suitable for Social and Legal Sciences, Humanities, and even Engineering, since its production does not only focus on journal articles.

  How to create your researcher profile in Google Scholar Citations (Alonso Arévalo, Universidad de Salamanca).


                Visual guide of Google Scholar Citations


Researcher profile in Dialnet


Dialnetis a database managed by the Dialnet Foundation and maintained by many of the Spanish universities, including the University of Alicante.

  • The creation of the researcher profile in Dialnet is subject to the inclusion of any publication in it.
  • The maintenance and updating of the data can be requested to the database itself or to the Research Support Unit:
  • The Dialnet database contains:
    • Scientific publications (articles, books and chapters, conference proceedings, reviews, etc.) of mainly Spanish production and in spanish language, although it also includes some international ones.
    • References not located in other commercial databases and some of them in full text.
    • It is a good search engine for Social Sciences, Law and Humanities publications.
    • For the rest of disciplines, it is useful to locate publications of "teaching research" and even theses.
    • Allows you to link with other profiles as ScopusID, ResearcherID, ORCID, ISNI, Google Scholar, MathSci, etc.
    • Signature variants can be included to eliminate ambiguities.
    • Gives visibility to institutional production.


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