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Measuring Research Impact: Author IDs and Profile

Author identifiers are meant to help with author name disambiguation. In order to measure your impact as an author, you want to be sure you get credit for all your research output. Publishing under variations of your name, having a common name, changing your name, changing institutions - all of these can lead to your work being incorrectly associated with another author, or you can end up with several author profiles. As a solution, register for an ORCID identifier, then associate it with your ResearcherID, My NCBI account, etc. The information on this page explains how to do this.


Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a persistent digital identifier for researchers. Registering for an ORCID identifier is free and easy. Once you have your unique ORCID identifier, you can create a profile and/or link it to your other author IDs and profiles (e.g., ResearcherID, My NCBI, LinkedIn). You can associate existing publications with your ORCID profile by importing from sources like Scopus and Web of Science. Going forward, use your ORCID identifier in all stages of your research workflow (grant applications, manuscript submissions, etc.) to make sure that you get credit for your work.


ResearcherID is integrated with the Web of Science database. Your ResearcherID facilitates citation metrics and publication tracking using Web of Science tools and includes you in the Web of Science author index. You can create an author profile in ResearcherID that allows other researchers to learn more about your work and affiliations.

Google Scholar

Set up an author profile in Google Scholar Citations and you can view citation metrics for your publications and get an email alert every time one of your publications is cited.


  • SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) is a new tool to help researchers create profiles in the new NIH biographical sketch format. This new format must be used for all NIH grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.
  • SciENcv is a component of your PubMed My NCBI account. It complements My Bibliography, which helps you manage the publications you've authored.
  • To use SciENcv, sign on to My NCBI with your eRA Commons account or link your NIH eRA Commons account to your PubMed My NCBI account. This will help integrate the publications listed in My Bibliography and grant information from eRA Commons into your SciENcv profile.
  • If you have an ORCID ID you can add it to your SciENcv account; in the future this will allow you to import information and references from your ORCID profile. ORCID Author Data Integration with SciENcv / My NCBI
  • Once you have created a SciENcv profile, it is easy to generate a properly formatted biosketch to use in an NIH grant application.

Follow these steps to set up your SciENcv profile. You will gather your publications from PubMed and then link your eRA Commons account with your My NCBI account. This will let you use SciENcv to create an NIH biosketch.

  1. Go to My NCBI in PubMed.
  2. Log to My NCBI by clicking on "NIH Login" and entering your eRA Commons ID and password.
  3. Click on "My NCBI" in the upper right corner.
  4. Locate the SciENcv box.
  5. Select "link your eRA account for an expedited setup." This will make it possible to add PubMed references from My Bibliography into your biosketch.
  6. If you have an ORCID ID, add it to your SciENcv account

There are 3 ways to create a SciENcv profile:

  • From scratch
  • From an existing source (eRA Commons, ORCID, NSF)
  • From an existing profile
    • Hint: Create a basic profile containing all of your background information. Use this profile to create specialized biosketches.

Biosketches created with SciENcv can be downloaded in PDF, Word, and XML formats. The PDF version can be used when filing grant applications through

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