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Scholarly Metrics & Altmetrics: Identity Tools

Tools for measuring scholarly impact, journal impact factors, altmetrics, and managing your scholarly identity.

Identity Tools

New tools are emerging to help authors manage their online identities. The goal of these is to have each researcher have a distinct ID that distinguishes them from others with similar or the same names.


"ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized." ORCID (a non-profit organization) is working with publishers, grant-giving organizations, and sites such as Mendeley and CrossRef to incorporate the ORCID identifier as a field for submitting articles or grant applications.

To register for your free ORCID iD, go to the ORCID Registration page. 

It will discover some works automatically; others you may need to add. Go to the Works section of your profile, then choose Add manually.You can then either fill in publication in the fields provided, or copy and paste a citation in the Citation box, choosing the appropriate format from the pull-down list under Citation Type. It accepts citations in many different formats, including APA, MLA, Chicago, IEEE, and BibTeX (see below for more information on BibTeX).

BibTeX format

Many of the tools for managing information on your publications and their impact allow you to import citation information in the BibTex format. This is a "style-independent file format for lists of bibliography terms, such as articles, books, and theses. BibTeX bibliography files usually end in .bib." (Wikipedia)

If you can find your works in Google Scholar, you can save citations for those works in the BibTeX format to import into various tools. To do this:

1. Find your work in Google Scholar.

2. Click on Cite below the entry in the results list. This will give you citations for your work in MLA, APA, and Chicago formats, as well as give you an option to choose the BibTeX format at the bottom.

3. When you choose BibTeX, this will open up a BibTeX entry in your browser. From there you can save your citation to import into whatever software tool you are using. If you save it as a text file, that format should work with most tools that allow you to import in the BibTeX format.


The ResearcherID system was developed by Thomson Reuters as part of their Web of Knowledge database. ResearcherID is ORCID compliant and can be tied to your ORCID account. It also integrates with Web of Science and EndNote Web.

To register, go to the ResearcherID web page. When you register, you will receive and email with a link to complete your registration. If you have previously established a Web of Science or EndNote Online account, that should be recognized as part of the registration process.

When your account is established, you can link it to your ORCID id (and exchange data with ORCID), view or add publications, or view your citation metrics. NOTE: With citation metrics, only articles from Web of Science with citation data are included in the calculations. So this tool will be most useful for those in scientific disciplines whose publications are well represented in Web of Science.

To add publications:

1. Go to My Researcher Profile

2. Choose Add Publications when you are viewing your profile.

3. You can then import publication information from Web of Science, EndNote, or as an RIS file. (ResearcherID guides you through the process when you choose to add publications.)