It is important for works to be correctly attributed to their author. Unfortunately, name ambiguity can sometimes make this challenging!
Name variants are a key example of name ambiguity and include:
Researcher identification systems offer stable author identifiers, and provide one way that author name ambiguity can be proactively decreased. Common researcher identification systems include: ORCID, Scopus Author Identifier, ResearcherID, and Google Scholar Citation Profiles.
1 Smalheiser, N. R., & Torvik, V. I. (2009). Author name disambiguation. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 43(1), 1-43.
A variety of free options allow you to create and maintain a stable researcher profile:
ORCiD: enables you to obtain a unique 16 digit identification number that can be used to tie you to your work. ORCiD enables communication across multiple platforms, including Scopus and Web of Science's ResearcherID.
Scopus Author Identifier: creates an Author Profile with an associated Author Identifier, and associates you with the publications that you have authored. Allows you to request changes when you notice inaccuracies in your Author Profile. Scopus also provides the Scopus2Orcid option as a way to link your Author Identifier information with your ORCiD identification number.
ORCID and Scopus: Manage your author profile from (Video, 3:00)
Web of Science ResearcherID: add publications that you have authored to a free profile that you create. You can then use ResearcherID to calculate your h-index based on these publications.
ResearcherID: Creating a Researcher ID from (Video, 3:00)
Google Scholar Citations Profile: allows you to create a profile, search Google Scholar for articles you have published, and calculate your h-index based on the list of publications you create and vet.
1 Alakangas, S. & Warburton, J. Research impact: h-index. The University of Melbourne. Retrieved from http://unimelb.libguides.com/c.php?g=402744&p=2740739
The reality is that different databases use different identification numbers for the same author.
Doing an author search in Google Scholar can sometimes be a challenge!