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Researcher Profiles, Identifiers, and Social Networks: Scopus

Tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher.

What is a Scopus Author ID?

What is a Scopus Author Identifier?

Scopus by Elsevier is a subscription bibliographic database which provides citation metrics for publications and authors (CNU does not subscribe).

Scopus creates a unique number, or author identifier, for each author with documents indexed in Scopus, regardless of institutional affiliation/subscription.

This makes it possible to:

  • Distinguish between authors with very common names like Smith or Wang,
  • Group together documents published by the same author whose name may have changed over time or may be cited in a number of different ways, for example, one document might use: Clarke, Adrienne Elizabeth, while others may use Clarke, A. E. or Clarke, A.
  • Get # of cited references to your works
  • Exchange data with ORCID

Why you should check and correct your Scopus Author ID

Scopus uses an algorithm to determine which identifiers should be assigned to author names, however it sometimes makes mistakes.

If you have publications indexed in Scopus, it is important to check:

  • You have been assigned a single Scopus Author Identifier,
  • All your publications have been assigned your Author ID, and
  • Your Scopus author profile details are correct.

This will ensure that your:

  • Publications are easy to find,
  • Citation metrics in Scopus, such as your total citation count and h-index, are correct, and
  • List of publications in Scopus, and possibly used on other websites via feeds, is complete.

Use the Author Feedback Wizard to request changes or updates to your Author Details page.

Follow instructions to link your Scopus Author profile and publications to ORCID.

Linking your Scopus Author ID to your ORCID Account

If there is only one entry for your name, click on the name to open your Author Details. Check that the details are correct.

You will need to create a Scopus Account to edit your profile.

You can link your Scopus publications to your ORCID record by following the instructions that begin here:

You will be asked to authorize or deny Scopus/Elsevier access to your ORCID account.

Important: If there is more than one entry/version for your name, you will need to use the Author Feedback Wizard instructions to

make the necessary changes. 

Checking Your Scopus Author ID

An Author ID is automatically assigned to you if you publish in a journal that is indexed in the SCOPUS database.

Take a minute to check to see if you have a Scopus Author ID you did not know existed.

Use the SCOPUS Author Profile Search to see if you have an Author ID and that your publications have been attributed correctly to it.

Choose the Author Search & Enter Your Last Name, affiliation and other details:

Use the Author Feedback Wizard to request changes or updates to the information on the Scopus Author details page:

  • Set a preferred name for an author
  • Update the affiliation of an author
  • Add and remove documents published by an author
  • Add and remove preprints published by an author
  • Add and remove grants awarded to an author
  • Merge author profiles

To access the Author Feedback Wizard and begin the process:

  1. Perform an Author search
  2. Select an author name to open the Author details page.
  3. Select 'Edit profile'.
  4. Select if you are the author or making a request on the behalf of the author.
  5. Select 'Continue'. The Author Feedback Wizard opens.
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