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HARC: Helpful Academic Researchers Companion

HARC has been designed to answer the questions researchers ask at every step of the research life cycle

Researcher IDs and Online Branding

Your Digital Presence

  • do your share your research with the general public? this could be an indication of social impact

  • do you have an online presence? Have you done an internet search on yourself?

Promote your article:

Social Media Savvy

Have you been contacted by a journalist for comment? Or maybe seeking extra participants for your research? ECU’s partner, the Australian Science Media Centre, has developed a guide for researchers wanting to use the media or social media to raise their profile. See Science Media Savvy for more information:


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  • ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that distinguishes you from every other contributor and supports automated linkages among all your professional activities. Your ORCID iD and connections are stored in the ORCID Registry, in an account you own and manage
  • ORCID helps you assert your researcher credentials by enabling you to connect your iD in a verified manner to all of your works and professional affiliations which are visible to everyone
  • Your ORCID iD is a resolvable internet address, with the structure
  • Your ORCID iD is visible to everyone but you can choose the privacy setting for all other information on your ORCID record - control who and which information you would like to share
  • ORCID will differentiate you from all other researchers who may share your name or initials 
  • Signing in (authentication) ensures that only you can access your ORCID record, and enables you to control permissions to obtain your iD and the data in your record
  • Manage your online identity - your education, affiliations, publications, awards
  • improve the discoverability and recognition of your work
    • connect your other profiles with your ORCID (Scopus ID, Researacher ID, Kudos, Loop, Mendeley, or Publons)
    • connect your social media profiles with your ORCID
    • connect with Crossref to automatically update your publications list (when your publication has a doi)
    • use ORCID ID when submitting a manuscript or a grant - many systems now require an ORCID ID
    • connect with Publons to show your peer-reviewer and editor work

Support for ORCiD

HELP: Registering and Setting up your ORCID Account

View Publons to see how your peer review work can be acknowledged in your ORCID profile.

Scopus author ID

Scopus author ID is ORCID compliant and also used by SciVal database.

The Scopus author profile comes with a variety of author metrics including the list of the author's publications indexed by Scopus, total citations, total citations by documents, co-author counts, h-index, etc. The page also provides a Citation alert service (to follow a researcher), Add citations to ORCID (integrates and updates your ORCID iD) and Request author detail corrections (corrections and to merge IDs).


To check your Scopus author ID:

  • a Scopus author ID if is available only if an author has published in a journal indexed by Scopus
  • Scopus author IDs are created by the database
  • Use this link to check if your Scopus Author ID is correct

Web of Science Researcher ID

ResearcherID information integrates with the Web of Science and is ORCID compliant.

The ResearcherID profile profile comes with a variety of author metrics including the list of the author's publications (ones indexed by Web of Science or pulled in from ORCID), Total articles, times cited, average citations per article, co-authors, h-index etc.

Check your Researcher ID:

  • are the journals you have published indexed in the Web of Science database?
  • Web of Science database does not automatically generate an author profile
  • you will need register for a Researcher ID at http://www/
  • Author Identifiers in the Web of Science: ResearcherID and ORCID (video tutorial)
  • your ResearcherID both pushes and pulls information from ORCID. However, any metrics available on your Researcher ID do NOT include calculations on items pulled from ORCID.

RAiD is a fairly new identifier for research projects and activities.

RAiD is an identifier for research projects and activities. It is persistent and connects researchers, institutions, outputs and tools together to give oversight across the whole research activity and make reporting and demonstration of data provenance easy.

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