Scholarly profiling is the way a researcher presents themselves to the world and also how they enhance the discoverability of their research.


Orcid ID

Every researcher should have an Orcid identifier. This is a unique and persistent number that is applied to a researcher and will look something like this 0000-0001-7431-1694. Think of it as a PPS number or a digital barcode for a researcher. The need for such an identifier arises because it is difficult to accumulate citations around a particular name if that author has used different versions of his/her name, changes to their married name or has moved between institutions. Is an author who has used the name Joe Blogs, J. Blogs, Joe A Blogs, and J.A Blogs and so on, the same person? Is Joe Blogs who works at the University of Life, the same Joe Blogs who previously worked at the University of Dreams? Applying a unique identifier to Joe Blogs in the first place means that none of these name variants count as the computer software that accumulates citations will recognise that they are all the same person even when the researcher changes institution. Orcids are particularly important for authors with Irish language names.

Publishers, funders, research institutions, and other organisations are increasingly adopting or supporting ORCID. Unlike other identifiers, your Orcid ID is universal. It's not tied to any institution or database, and it will follow you when you move between institutions. It takes just a few minutes to register and you can do that here. But please remember you need to populate your Orcid record with as much material as you can if you want it to work for you. Having an Orcid ID with little or no information in the record means you have wasted your time registering! Also remember to put your Orcid ID on all your research outputs.

These short videos explain how Orcid works.

Library Guide

Use the Search & Link Wizard to connect your research outputs to your Orcid ID

Anyone can search Orcid to find out about other researchers so it is important that you list all your research outputs in your Orcid record. You can manually add records or you can use a Search & Link wizard to import your works into Orcid. You do this in the Works section.

Image from Works section of Orcid

Click on the Add button and then click on Search & Link. You will see a list of databases you can import your material from.

Image of list of databases Orcid

You then select the database you want to import from by double clicking on the name and then following the instructions. We would recommend using OpenAire Explore and Scopus.

Update your Orcid record using OpenAire Explore

Your Orcid record is the optimum way to present yourself in the best possible light to the global research community and it is worth time and effort on your part to ensure that your Orcid record is complete and up to date. Adding records to your Orcid ID by importing from a trusted source is the recommended process because it reduces or eliminates errors and enables a reliable and safe connection between your Orcid ID and your material. If you click on “Add Works” in your Orcid ID you will see a range of options you can use to import items into the Works part of your Orcid record. Orcid has worked with OpenAire to give you another option, a new service that connects OpenAire Explore and Orcid.

What is OpenAire?

OpenAire is a service provider offering a broad range of services for publishing, discovering and monitoring research. The core database is the OpenAire Research Graph which interlinks 124 million publications, 1 million items of research data and 78 thousand items of research software with researchers, their organisations, funding agencies and specific research communities. The discovery tool to access all this is OpenAire Explore. All Irish institutional repositories are harvested by OpenAire and all publications are deduplicated.

What is Orcid?

Orcid is now becoming the standard identifier for individual researchers giving them a unique number that connects that person, and only that person, with their research. Every researcher must have an up-to-date Orcid account. An Orcid account is useless if it is not populated and kept up to date. If you don’t have an Orcid account, get one now by simply registering here.

OpenAire Explore Wizard Connection to Orcid

By using the discovery tool OpenAire explore, researchers with an Orcid account can easily identify their works and add them to their Orcid ID safely and simply.

  1. Log into your Orcid account
  2. Create or log into your OpenAire account. To use OpenAire Explore and its services you must sign in. You can do this by using your Email, Orcid, Edugain, Gmail, Facebook and Linkedin accounts. Alternatively, you can sign up directly with OpenAire. This will allow you to link and claim and gives OpenAire permission to add, delete or edit works that are connected with your Orcid record.

delete or edit works conncected with your Orcid record

You will then be asked to verify the information OpenAire have for you… name, organisation, Orcid ID etc. Make sure all is correct and then press Continue.

3. Grant OpenAire as your trusted organisation.

You need to do this so OpenAire can make changes to your record. When you click the Add to Orcid button a popup window will appear asking you to log into or register for Orcid and then allow OpenAire to read, add and update. Once you have granted this access you will not need to do so again.

After that you can either go into the connect wizard through Orcid or from the OpenAire Explore page.

Orcid interface

4. Once you have followed steps 1 to 3, you can browse your works section in your record. Click on the Add Works button and select OpenAire Explore from the list in the drop down box. This will then link you to a page in OpenAire Explore where you can search and add works to your Orcid account.

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You will then be directed to the OpenAire Explore page where you can search by your name and add your works to Orcid.

OpenAire Explore Interface

Sign into OpenAire Explore. Search by your name and verify which articles are yours. You do this by clicking on the “Add to Orcid ID” button on the bottom right hand corner of the record.

You do this by clicking on the “Add to Orcid ID” button on the bottom right hand corner of the record

This wizard connection is simple, reliable and easy to use. Moreover, OpenAire Explore is an extremely powerful database which provides a huge amount of material, the vast majority of which is open access, linked together by citations and semantics. OpenAire Explore uses 111,382 sources for information that comes from repositories, journals, research information systems, aggregators and registries with 147 million deduplicated publications. So discover OpenAire Explore here.

Update your Orcid record using Scopus

Scopus is Elsevier's abstract and citation database launched in 2004. Scopus covers nearly 36,377 titles from approximately 11,678 publishers, of which 34,346 are peer-reviewed journals in top-level subject fields: life sciences, social sciences, physical sciences and health sciences.

Log into your Orcid account.

Go to the Works section of your record.Go to the Works section of your record

Click on the Add Button, then on the Search & Link on the top of the drop down menu.

Click on the Add Button

Click on the Add Button2

Scroll down the list of databases to Scopus.

Scroll down the list of databases to ScopusDouble click on Scopus. You will then be asked to confirm your identity and authorise the import.

Double click on Scopus

You then need to select your name by ticking the box and press Continue. You will be asked to select your preferred name if you have more than one entry for your name.[1] Press Next and a list of your publications will come up. If some of these publications are not yours, deselect them by pressing the X button.

If some of these publications are not yoursYou will be asked to enter your email. Then press the button Send Author ID.

You give permission for Scopus to send your publications by pressing on the "Send my publication" list and this will show in the Works section of your Orcid record in a short period of time.

[1] Having more than one version of your name in Scopus is not a good thing. You can request that these records be merged by searching under your name in Scopus.

Google Scholar profiles are a simple way for authors to showcase their publications. You can check who is citing your articles, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public so that it appears in Google Scholar when people search for your name.

How to create a Google Scholar Profile

Step 1: Create your Basic Profile

Log on to and click the “My Citations” link at the top of the page to get your account setup started. On the first screen, add your affiliation information and TU Dublin email address, so Google Scholar can confirm your account. Add keywords that are relevant to your research interests, so others can find you when browsing a subject area. Provide a link to the TU Dublin homepage. Click “Next Step,” and that creates your basic profile.

Step 2: Add Publications

Search for your name using the syntax - author: “Joe Bloggs” in the search box. Google will offer you a list of what they think are your articles. You must read this, check that the articles belong to you, and add the ones you want to add to your profile by clicking on the box before each title. You may not want to add everything if you are creating a scholarly profile. Click on the “Add button” to bring these articles into your profile. You can confirm that you want Google to automatically add your articles in the future. Do not do this if you have a common name such as David Byrne as it will add all articles by all the David Byrnes it finds.

Step 3: Make your Profile Public

You can add a photo, which enhances your profile by clicking on the Change Photo link on your profile homepage. When you create your profile, it defaults to private so you need to make it public. You can of course keep your profile private but to this means, others cannot find it. Click on “edit” next to “My Profile is private” and select “My Profile is Public” in the drop-down menu.

Bonus: Add Co-Authors

There is a built-in co-authorship network in Google. To add a suggested co-author, find the “Co-Authors” section on the top right-hand section of your profile, and then click on the plus (+) sign next to each co-author you want to add. Now you have a Google Scholar profile that helps you track when your work has been cited both in the peer-reviewed literature and elsewhere. Google Scholar can be prone to duplications which will give false citation counts so check your list of publications carefully

Each Scopus Author Profile is a unique record of that researcher’s publication activity. The details come from peer-reviewed articles and other publications that are indexed in Scopus where the researcher is specified as an author.

The information in a profile includes the author name, affiliation(s), subject area(s), publications, citations, and co-authors. The profiles do not cover editorship, managerial or executive roles, or teaching positions.

Each Scopus Author Profile is automatically generated using a dedicated matching algorithm that extracts metadata directly from documents indexed in Scopus. The metadata is all publicly visible information that the authors supply when they submit the documents for publication.

The process links an author’s name with the published documents that they authored, provided those documents are indexed in Scopus. It then organizes the publicly visible information (name, affiliation[s], subject area[s], publications, citations, co-authors, etc.) in a useful way for other researchers, librarians, and research leaders.

Profiles are automatically created using metadata from published documents, therefore profiles cannot be changed by Scopus users. However, a user can request corrections to a profile if:

  • A publication indexed in Scopus has been wrongly assigned.
  • The preferred name used to display the profile needs to be changed.
  • A primary affiliation should be chosen from those extracted from the documents.
  • Some documents indexed in Scopus are missing from the profile.

If any corrections are required, use the Author Feedback Wizard to send a request. If an author has publications that do not appear on their Scopus Author Profile, this may be because they are not indexed in Scopus. View Scopus Author Profile FAQs.

If you have not created an account on Arrow, our institutional repository, then you can do so easily. Visit Arrow@TU Dublin and in the top right-hand corner select ‘My Account' and create an account. Otherwise, you can just login. Your Arrow Author Dashboard will show you readership of your works, PlumX metrics, a global map of downloads, top countries, top institutions, and top referrers. You can create snapshots and reports of your works. You can also share your dashboard with others.

TU Dublin is bringing in a CRIS Pure system. If you research at TU Dublin, you will have a CRIS Profile. There are a number of benefits for researchers.

  • A current research information system (CRIS) is a database or other information system to store, manage, and exchange contextual metadata for the research activity funded by a research funder or conducted at a research performing institution.
  • Pure is an Elsevier product and is a research information system that brings together information about researchers, research centres, projects, outputs, professional activities, and events.
  • Cris systems are often key components in the Open Research implementation strategy at research performing organisations due to their systematic use for collecting information on all research outputs at institutions.
  • Pure’s industry-proven data model unearths multifaceted insights about the overall research lifecycle supporting both fact-based decision making and industrial-strength expertise discovery.
  • If you are a researcher, you will have a Pure profile. Selected information about current researchers and post-graduate students will be displayed in the Pure Profile.
  • There are three ways to add research outputs to Pure…manually create a record in Pure, import data via an online source or import from an existing file (e.g. BibTex).
  • Once an output is deposited in Pure it will be validated by the Arrow team in the Library. The record will be checked to ensure that the deposit in Pure is in line with the publisher’s policy: the full-text version and the information regarding the author is correct before it is made available from the Pure Portal.
  • Depending on your publisher’s policy, the full-text version that you upload to Pure may be subject to an embargo period. This means the full text cannot be made available until after the embargo period has ended.
  • Pure Introduction Video - Coventry University

This is what a researcher wants to happen:

  • The article (in a journal indexed by Scopus/WOS)
  • Received x citations (deduped from Google Scholar, Scopus, WOS)
  • Was viewed x times, placing it in the top y% of all articles in this journal/community
  • Downloaded x number of times from Arrow@TU Dublin
  • It received X comments
  • It was bookmarked X times in Social Bookmarking Sites
  • It was discussed/commented/viewed in ResearchGate
  • Experts in your community rated it
  • It was discussed on X’s respected blogs
  • It appeared in a newspaper/tv/radio programme
  • It is top of your publications list on your website and linked to email signature