There are several free services available to academic authors that allow them to track all of their publications as they progress through their careers and also make sure their research is correctly attributed to them. This insures their research is attributed to them no matter if they change their institution, name, or title.
One such service that is the most popular and recommended is call ORCID, (pronounced like the flower, "orchid"). Please consider creating an ORCID account ASAP if you publish an article or have published in the past.
ORCID, (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), is a non-profit organization with the following vision and mission:
Our vision: ORCID’s vision is a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time.
Our mission: ORCID provides an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. We provide open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations. We provide this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.
What is ResearcherID.com?
ResearcherID is a website where invited researchers can register for a unique ResearcherID number. At this site, users can: Update their profile information; Build their publication list using Web of Science search services or uploading a file; Select to make their profile public or private. Registered as well as non-registered users can search the Researcher Registry to view profiles and find potential collaborators.
What is a ResearcherID number?
A ResearcherID number is a unique identifier that consists of alphanumeric characters. Each number contains the year you registered.
What is the Scopus Author Identifier?
Some authors have similar names, or their names can appear differently in various publications. The Scopus Author Identifier distinguishes between these names by assigning each author in Scopus a unique number and grouping together all of the documents written by that author. For example, an author may appear as Lewis, M.; Lewis, M. J.; and Lewis, Michael in different publications, or there may be two authors named John Smith.
How do I import Author details to ORCID?
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the name ambiguity problem in scholarly research. It does this by assigning a unique identifier to each author. When an ORCID is associated with a Scopus author profile, viewers can see the link to that ORCID on the Author details page. To associate your Scopus author profile with ORCID, you can either import your Scopus Author Identifier and publications into ORCID, or send your author details to ORCID. Both require the Scopus Author Feedback wizard.
Use the Scopus Author Feedback Wizard to collect all your Scopus records in one unique author profile. To locate your documents as completely as possible, please provide all the name variants under which you have published. Once you have submitted the author profile the Scopus Author Feedback Team will process your request within 4 weeks.
Google Scholar Author Profiles allows authors to:
Create a public profile that appears in Google Scholar results when someone searches for your name. Privacy settings for the Google Scholar profile are controlled by the individual. Track citations to check who is citing your publications, especially gray literature materials which are not usually indexed by databases. Citation metric tools to use for reporting purposes.
Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is an electronic system that helps researchers assemble the professional profile needed for application of federal funds.
SciENcv is a cooperative project requested by the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) , which is an association of academic research institutions and federal agencies. In collaboration with FDP, the product is being built by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Institutes of Health under the aegis of an interagency workgroup composed of members from the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation (NSF), The Smithsonian, and the United States Department of Agriculture.
There is a plan to establish an interface with API to exchange data between SciENcv and external profile systems. Meanwhile, XML output of CV is available via the XML download and as an attachment of the PDF download from an individual's SciENcv page.
The SciENcv data schema is available here .