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Scholarly Communication

Author Identity (Online Profile)

Research Information System (RIS) Maynooth

RIS allows you to develop and populate a research profile and populate it with details of your publications.

The Research Development Office has produced a guide to RIS. This Guide containing Training Manuals and Webinars for RIS.


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. You can connect your iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. You can use your iD to share your information with other systems, ensuring you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors.

Why do I need to work on my Online Academic Profile?

Your online profile is the combination of your academic activity and presence online

Creating and maintaining your online academic profile will:

  •     Help the academic community and beyond connect with and cite your work
  •     Increase your ability to track and measure your impact across multiple platforms
  •     Ensure that your work and its impact is correctly connected and traceable to you
  •     Help you find, and be found by, new collaborators and sources of funding 


Researcher Profiles

Scopus Author Profile

Each Scopus Author Profile is a unique record of that author’s publication and research activity. The details come from peer-reviewed articles and other items that were written by that author and indexed in Scopus (i.e., published in journals and books that the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board has selected for inclusion and indexing). The information in a profile includes the author’s name, affiliation(s), subject area, publications and citations.

Scopus assign each author a unique Author Identifier (Author ID) which seeks to pull any name variants you may have under the one profile. You can also update your profile using the "Edit Author Profile" and "View Potential Matches" functions.

Discover the benefits of a Scopus Author Profile

Scopus can be accessed via the MU Library A-Z of Databases.

Web of Science Researcher ID (now Publons)

*Publons as of Aug 2022  has been integrated into Web of Science under Researcher Profile, more updates as they emerge !

Publons is powered by the Web of Science, ORCiD, and has integrations with thousands of scholarly journals. That means they can automatically import or update:

  • All your publications from Web of Science, ORCID, or your bibliographic reference manager (e.g. EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley)
  •     Trusted citation metrics based on the editorially curated Web of Science Core Collection, which includes more than 21,000 of the worlds best journals
  •     Your verified peer review and journal editing history, powered by partnerships with thousands of scholarly journals.

It’s important to note that your verified review history is shown across all academic journals and selected funders without revealing any sensitive information about the manuscript or grant application.

Researcher ID number: These numbers are automatically generated for any author that has publications indexed on Web of Science. You can also register for one even if you don't have any publications there yet.

Web of Science can be accessed via the MU Libraries A-Z of Databases.





Clarivate guide to Publons

Google Scholar Citations Profile

Why Create a Google Scholar Citations Profile?

Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name

Overview and guide to setting up Google Scholar Citation