Video Tutorial: ResearcherID
Keeping track of one’s own publications is hard enough, but finding another researcher’s publications can be even harder, particularly if that author has a common name. Though individual articles have unique identifying numbers, authors do not. That makes it hard to distinguish between articles authored by X. Li at Institution A versus X. Li at Institution B (there are over 1,400 publications from 2009 already in PubMed by an author X. Li).
Both Thompson Reuters (publishers of ISI Web of Science) and Elsevier (publishers of Scopus) have developed their methods to disambiguate authors with similar names. There are also several other projects in the works designed to solve these issues. In the video below, we introduce one approach to this problem–ResearcherID. ResearcherID is a web site where authors can track their own publications and use connections with Web of Science to gather citation metrics. For more information on other author identification tools and projects, see the list of resources below.
- Researcher Identification Primer (focuses on using OpenID for author identification)
- The Universal Author Identification System (UAI_Sys)
- New author tools in Web of Science and Scopus evaluated (tests the author searching systems built into the Web of Science and Scopus databases)
- The Scopus Author Identifier
- Scopus: Citation Tracker tutorial (Mayo Clinic only)
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