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.
The Scopus Author Identifier creates an Author Profile with an associated Author Identifier, and associates you with the publications that you have authored. This tool 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.
For more information on how to complete this process, see the Scopus guide to importing author details to ORCID.
Use the Web of Science ResearcherID to connect your work from across the Web of Science. ResearcherIDs are now hosted by Publons. Create a Publons profile to receive your ResearcherID, and to document your publication history, track citation counts, and calculate your h-index. You can also link your ORCID identification number to your Publons profile.
To learn more about Publons profiles, see the following video from Publons.com (2:19).
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.
Doing an author search in Google Scholar can sometimes be a challenge!
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
Having more than one researcher profile is usually a good idea.
The reality is that different databases:
This creates the opportunity for missed citations!
Missed citations can negatively impact the value of your h-index.