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Researcher profiles and ORCID

Maximise the visibility of your research outputs by discovering how to establish a researcher profile.

About researcher profiles

What is a researcher profile?

At RMIT University all researchers and graduate researchers are encouraged to establish researcher profiles and identifiers. An identifier is a persistent URL or a unique number (e.g. 16-digit ORCID iD). Whilst a profile is the body of information that is associated with an identifier.

A researcher profile is the publicly accessible profile of your professional academic works and achievements.

A researcher profile enables information about you, your work and career to be visible and accessible, encouraging collaboration, and providing measures of your impact and engagement.

A researcher profile will bring together your research outputs on a single platform, making your work easier to find, it connects you to the world and maximises the visibility of your research outputs and impact.

Benefits of researcher profiles

Each researcher profile has different strengths, together they can:

  • increase the visibility of your research
  • improve your chance of being cited
  • improve your citation metrics
  • ensure correct attribution, reducing the number of name variations
  • connect you to new collaborators / funders
  • increase your employment opportunities
  • increase your standing within your field of study beyond RMIT University
  • link your work from different sites to one place.

Types of profiles

The most common researcher profiles include:

  • Scopus Author ID
  • Web of Science Researcher Profile
  • Google Scholar Profile

All staff at RMIT University have an academic profile page.

Look to the Other profiles page in this library guide to explore academic and professional networking sites.

Tips for managing your researcher profiles

  1. Regularly check for accuracy and currency
  2. Link all of your profiles together
  3. Only share information that you can legally disclose to others

Resolving inaccuracies

What should I do if I see my papers on another person's profile?

Web of Science and Scopus

If you notice your papers incorrectly attributed to another researcher's Web of Science Researcher Profile or Scopus Author Identifier it may have occurred because the database algorithms have inadvertently assigned the publication(s) to the wrong profile. You can contact the platforms directly to request corrections:


Where there are inaccuracies in Web of Science Researcher Profiles or Scopus Author Identifiers, the incorrect attributions may flow through to the researcher's ORCID profile. In this case you can request corrections directly with ORCID.

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