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All About Researcher Profiles

Why Establish a Researcher Profile?

Creating and maintaining a unique public profile for the dissemination and promotion of your research is key to establishing your identity as a researcher. A researcher profile serves as a persistent identifier linking together your scholarly output throughout your career. A research profile can:

  • Link all variations and changes to your name to one profile 
  • Disambiguate yourself from other researchers with the same or similar name
  • Associate all of your publications throughout your career across multiple departments and institutional affiliations
  • Enhance discoverability of your work by potential collaborators
  • Make creating publication lists of your work fast and easy
  • Allow you to take advantage of enhanced database features, such as tracking your h-index and and other research metrics

Browse below for instructions on establishing profiles in ORCID, SciENcv, Scopus Author ID, Publons (Web of Science), and Google Scholar.

Profile Systems

EDGE ORCID identification

ORCID is an acronym for "Open Researcher and Contributor ID." ORCID is an independent, non-profit, community-based registry of unique research identifiers that allows researchers to create and maintain their own researcher profile. Researchers can include their education, work history, citations, and other research output in a single record. Record content can be imported by linking your ORCID record to a Scopus Author ID or the Web of Science Publons, or by manually adding data from PubMed or other sources.

Creating and Populating your ORCID Record

Step 1

Create your account from the JH ORCID Registry.

Step 2

Populate the prompted fields:

  • Employment (enter manually)
  • Education and qualifications (enter manually)
  • Invited positions and distinctions (enter manually)
  • Membership and service (enter manually)
  • Funding (enter manually or use the UberWizard to search and import your funding information across many major funding bodies)
  • Works (use "Search & link" options as noted in recommended settings to import citations and auto-populate citations in the future; enter additional publications and other research output manually)
ORCID Profile Page
The above image displays a user's backend ORCID profile.

Establishing a "Trusted Individual"

ORCID allows you to designate another ORCID user to be a "Trusted Individual" who can access and maintain your ORCID account on your behalf. More info:

To link your existing ORCID record to the Johns Hopkins ORCID Registry, use this link:


SciENcv, the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, is a researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive, or are associated with research investments from U.S.federal agencies. SciENcv is available in My NCBI.

Step 1

Get started from the SciENcv home page.

Step 2

Sign in with your My NCBI or eRA Commons account information.

Step 3

Create New Biosketch.


Step 4

Follow the prompts to set up your Biosketch. Note that you can use other sources to populate your data.

The image below displays the backend of a users SciENcv.

Scopus, a blbliographic literature database from Elsevier, automatically creates an Author ID for authors as new citations are added to the database. An algorithm attempts to link citations with similar attributes to an Author ID. You can find your Author ID and make any corrections to the citations associated with your profile by following these steps:

Step 1

Click on the "Authors" tab on the Scopus homepage and enter your search criteria.

Scopus Author search page

Step 2

Review the search results. Click on the author name that belongs to you to view your author profile. If more than one profile that represents your work is listed, you can merge the profiles into one (see Step 3).

Scopus Author Single Match Results

On the Author profile page (below) you can view your Scopus Author ID number, h-index, a list of your documents, a list of the articles that cite your documents, and a list of your co-authors. Clicking on "Add to ORCID" will connect your Scopus Author ID to your ORCID.

william henry welch profile on scopus

Step 3

Merge multiple Author IDs that represent your research output by selecting the results are associated with you.  Then click on "Request to merge authors." Scopus will then guide you through a brief series of dialogue boxes where you can verify and correct the preferred representation of your name, citations, and affiliation information.

Publons (formerly ResearcherID) is the peer review activity tracker and researcher profile solution developed by Clarivate Analytics, the parent company of the Web of Science database. Upon registering, you are assigned a unique identifier you can use to manage your publication list, track citations to your work, and view your h-index, as well as a record of your work as a peer reviewer.

Step 1

Create a Publons Profile​.

Step 2

Click on the "Register" button at the top right of the page.

Step 3

On the "Registration" page, you will need to enter your name, email address, and a password. You can use this same log-in information for Web of Science, Publons, and EndNote.

Step 4

Add your publications by clicking on the "Import Your Publications" button.  On the next screen you will be able to choose to import documents from Web of Science, your ORCID profile, DOI, or by uploading a file.

Google Scholar is a search engine that searches the web for scholarly and peer reviewed literature. Google Scholar allows authors to create and maintain a profile page.

Step 1

Visit Google Scholar and click the "SIGN IN" link in the upper right-hand corner.

Step 2

"Profile" - Once logged in, click on the "My Profile" link. You will be prompted to complete a form with your full name (as it appears on your articles), affiliation, professional email, area of research interest, and a link to your homepage (optional). Click "Next."

"Articles" - Select the publications that below to you. If there are multiple versions of your name (e.g. John A. Smith, J. A. Smith, John Andrew Smith), you will see the articles  attributed to each spelling variation.

Step 4

"Settings" - Choose to allow Google to update your profile with new citations automatically or to receive an email prompt to verity citations before they are added to your account (preferred). Click "Done."