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Author ID Comparisons

ORCID and Publons (formerly ResearcherID) are complementary author identifiers, and it can be useful for authors to have both IDs. ORCID is a resource-agnostic identifier. That is, is not affiliated with a particular database or other resource. ResearcherID is unique to Web of Science and helps with author-level metrics (ex. h-index). ORCID and Researcher ID can "talk" to each other. If you have an ORCID ID you can use it to populate your ResearcherID and vice versa. The chart below compares features of the two IDs.


(Open Researcher & Contributor ID)

(formerly ResearcherID)

What is it?

Persistent digital identifiers for researchers

Free alphanumeric author identifier, online community and search system
Integrated with... Open, non-profit community effort that has partnered with multiple universities, commercial research organizations, national agencies, publishers and professional societies Web of Knowledge
Create your own profile?   Yes Yes
How do I add publications to my profile?

 Import from partner organizations, e.g. Web of Science, Scopus

Enter manually

Import from Web of Science, ORCID, or your bibliographic reference manager (e.g. EndNote or Mendeley)

Upload RIS file


Add external identifiers, e.g. ResearcherID, Scopus Author Identifier

Link to other systems or profiles, e.g. Google Scholar, LinkedIn

You choose what information to make public

Provides citation metrics for Web of Knowledge publications

Registered and non-registered users can search for and view author profiles

Labs tools allow you to view your collaboration and citing article networks

You choose what information to make public

Best used for...

Managing research activities and author identifiers in one place

Grant and manuscript submissions: several publishers and funding organizations have implemented or are planning to implement ORCID

Organizing and tracking publications

Allows others to easily locate your publications in Web of Knowledge databases

Where can I get it? Register for free at ORCID Register for free at Publons

from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library