Scholarly Promotion Guide

This guide will help you get started in promoting your work and managing your scholarly reputation online.


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Erin Owens
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Unique Author Identifiers

Even if your name isn't as common as "John Smith," you may be startled to discover how many other researchers in your field have similar names. A 2009 study of author-name ambiguity within the MEDLINE database found that nearly two-thirds of authors had ambiguous names.

The problem is exacerbated in disciplines which cite only first initials, such that "Erin Martinez" and "Edward Martinez" are both cited as "Martinez, E." In addition to commonly occuring names, issues with name confusion may also arise as a result of name changes (e.g., at marriage); transliteration; accents, diacritics, or other special characters in a name; or even simple typos.

Unique identifiers assigned to each researcher helps to disambiguate author names, ensuring that your work can clearly be identified and credited to you.

Author Identifiers to Know



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Infographic: The Value of Using Unique Identifiers for Researchers





How to claim an author record

  1. If you previously had a Web of Science account, sign in with your credentials to start using Web of Science. If not, select register and create an account
  2. Search for your name under the Researchers Search tab.
  3. If there is one result that matches your name, select to view publications. If these publications are yours, select 'Claim My Record' to confirm the publications and to receive a Web of Science ResearcherID.

How to merge author records

  1. If, after searching your name, you find multiple results that match your name and publications, select the records that apply and select "Merge Records".
  2. Web of Science will ask you to verify the publications in each profile and then will begin the process of merging the records. This can take some time.


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