The VBN Team

Researcher ID's and researcher profiles

In connection with researcher profiles, it is important that researchers have some means of identifying themselves. Many foundations, journals and publishers require that you have a researcher ID. The big citation databases such as Scopus and Web of Science, as well as Google Scholar, have different types of researcher IDs, or researcher profiles, that you can use to identify researchers and to ensure that the right researcher is matched with the right publication. Furthermore, there is the ORCID researcher ID that is a non-profit and independent organization which cuts across all other researcher IDs.

Read short introduction to keeping track of your publications and citations via researcher ID's and profiles.

You can collect researcher IDs in Pure, and let them be displayed on your VBN researcher profile, to ensure that your are recognized in the research community. Read the guide how to add IDs in Pure, or watch the video below.

The VBN Team organizes courses in researcher profiles where researcher IDs and researcher profiles are introduced and you have the opportunity to create relevant IDs.

Researcher IDs


ORCID is an identifier that distinguishes you from all other researchers. It is a unique and internationally acknowledged researcher ID. It backs up all connections between you and your academic activities, and ensures that only your work is related to you, all the way through various workflows such as submission of manuscripts and research applications. An ORCID ID is personal and will follow you regardless of place of employment, research field, or even change of name. If you create an ORCID directly in Pure, or if you already have one, you can add it to your VBN researcher profile for display. Furthermore, it is a great advantage that your publications in Pure can be exported to ORCID automatically.

Watch video on How to create your ORCID iD and how to connect your id with Pure.

Read the guide to creating an ORCID ID in Pure, and how you export your publications from Pure to ORCID automatically. Or use the infographic about the The Value of Using Unique Identifiers for Researchers.


ResearcherID is a unique ID that connects you to your published works regardless of variation in name or changes in institutional affiliation. It is your responsibility to add publications to your ResearcherID to keep it up to date. There are no automatic updates. When you update your publication list in ResearcherID, you will be able to view a selection of citation metrics including H-index, citations per publication, and collaboration measurements regarding your publications in Web of Science.

Please notice:

  • It is recommended that you only have one ResearcherID account - so please check the ResearcherID registration database before you set up an account.
  • A ResearcherID account is particularly recommendable to researchers in disciplines with excellent Web of Science coverage.

Read the guide to how you check if you have a ResearcherID and how you maintain your ResearcherID.


Scopus Author ID

The Scopus Author ID collects all your Scopus records in a unique author profile. Use Scopus Author Feedback Wizard to ensure that all your Scopus records are collected under this one unique author profile. You can link your Scopus Author ID to your ORCID via the Scopus2Orcid guide.

Watch video on how to find your Scopus Author ID.

Researcher profiles

Google Scholar Citations Profile

You can create and maintain a Google Scholar Citations Profile that is updated whenever Google Scholar finds new citations. You can make the profile public for display in Google Scholar when people search for your name.
Read the guide to how you create a Google Scholar Citations Profile.

ResearchGate, Academia etc.

You can create a researcher profile on different other platforms like ResearchGate, Academic etc. The VBN Team does not support these. Use of other platforms is your own responsibility.

If you have a profile on ResearchGate etc. we recommend, that you insert a link to these profiles in Pure, in order for them to be shown on your VBN-profile. 

The VBN Team recommends that anyone using these platforms pay attention to copyright law and that publication embargo periods are complied with. If possible, only to link to a full text version e.g. in Pure that is displayed in the VBN Research Portal.