Research Impact/Bibliometrics

This guide provides an introduction to using Web of Science, Scopus and other resources to determine journal impact, individual researcher impact, and article impact.

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The ORCID iD logo, a green circle with the word "iD" written in whiteORCID®, the company that manages and creates ORCID iDs, is a not-for-profit organization that is supported by member organization fees. ORCID iDs are the most well-known author IDs used and implemented in the world, and a growing number of publishers and research funders require ORCID iD registration before submission of a grant application or manuscript.

The unique ORCID iD persistently identifies researchers and contributors, which ensures that researchers are getting credit for their work without having to consistently monitor the variations of their name on all the numerous platforms and databases.

After all, everyone hates having to put in the same information more than once, and ORCID can help alleviate this problem!
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Register for an ORCID iD

If you have not already done so, it takes only about 30 seconds to register for an ORCID iD. You can include your ORCID iD link it to other identifiers and profiles, such as Scopus, ResearcherID, LinkedIn, and your Google Scholar Profile. Here are some of the benefits of registering for an ORCID iD:

  • You will receive credit for all your work.
    • ‚ÄčThis is crucial for tracking citation counts and other types of research impact indicators.
  • It distinguishes your name from similar names.
  • It tracks variations of your name (e.g. E.J. Smith vs. Ellen Jane Smith).

Enhance your ORCID iD

After you register for an ORCID iD, you can enhance your profile by adding your publications, presentations, and other research outputs. It’s recommended that you include the digital object identifier (DOI) to the record, and if possible, provide a link or DOI to an open access (OA) version of the record.

Below is a screenshot of an example of an ORCID iD record with a DOI that redirects to the publisher's version of record and a URL to the Open Access (OA) version of record in the K-State Research Exchange (K-REx)

Screenshot of an example of an article listed on an ORCID iD page; it shows a link to the record's DOI and a URL link to the article in an open access repository

If you are a K-State faculty member, you can email the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship at for more information about how to add your scholarly works to K-REx. Or, visit the K-State copyright website's faculty page.