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What is a Researcher Identifier?

Distinguishing between researchers with the same name is becoming increasingly difficult. The problem can be overcome by assigning researchers a researcher identifier - a unique, persistent, international ID that stays with them throughout their career and beyond.

A researcher identifier enables researchers to:

  • Assert ownership of their research
  • Present their work in its entirety in one place
  • Maintain their CV more easily
  • Submit manuscripts and grants more quickly.

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Benefits of Researcher Identifiers

The benefits of such systems can include:

  • Less ambiguity as to who has published a certain paper when different variations of an author’s name have been used

  • Ability to accurately measure citations of individual papers or authors

  • Easier evaluation of an author’s productivity and impact in his/her field

  • Simplified data handling and storage; author identification only has to be stored in one place

  • Richer cross-referencing possible, e.g., search engines, browsers, and other applications can create links between an author’s biographical information and his/her published works

  • Opportunity to create new networks of data, e.g., academic genealogies.

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