We’re excited to announce that ResearcherID and Publons, both part of the Web of Science Group, have come together so you can get all the benefits of Web of Science, ResearcherID, and Publons in one place.
Here we want to share the story behind this integration and our views on how it will help you build your online identity and boost your research impact.
You’ve probably heard of ResearcherID before. It was an inspirational initiative launched by our parent company, the Web of Science Group, over a decade ago. At the time, ResearcherID was one of the first initiatives to provide a unique identifier for researchers around the globe, solving the problem of distinguishing authors who have the same name, and providing an interface to allow researchers to track their publications and Web of Science citations.
What’s less commonly known is that ResearcherID helped to lay the foundation for ORCID back in 2011. The concept and original code for ORCID came from ResearcherID, and the Web of Science Group was one of the founding sponsors. We’re proud of this heritage and the benefits that have accrued for the ecosystem as a result, and will continue support the initiative as much as possible going forward.
With that in mind, we've taken a step back to think more broadly about the future of ResearcherID and how best to develop it as ORCID grows. The vision we've developed has the ResearcherID identifier integrated deeply with Web of Science and across the Web of Science Group's suite of products, making it much easier for you as a researcher to use and benefit from our tools. It goes without saying that this will also include a tight integration between ResearcherID and ORCID, making it easy for you to keep your records in sync.
Introducing the new and improved Web of Science ResearcherID
Today we’re announcing a new investment and focus for ResearcherID. The key features of the product will be incorporated into Publons, making it the place to go to build your complete publication and verified peer review record.
The ResearcherID identifier itself will become a key part of the Web of Science Group' suite of products, connecting researchers across the portfolio. The official, full name for ResearcherID is now "Web of Science ResearcherID" (although we will still use ResearcherID for short).
If you’re an existing ResearcherID user, the things you love are still available in the more modern (in our opinion) Publons interface. You can import your publications, view your citations, calculate your citation metrics, and embed your ResearcherID badge in webpages (see for example how Prof. Dr. Mario Ruben uses his badge on his institution's page) just as you did before.
Better still, as part of the migration we have made some improvements to existing ResearcherID records: we've updated article metadata, removed many duplicate publications, and linked more publications to identifiers by matching them up to publications indexed in Web of Science, revealing previously unattributed citations counts.
More generally, with a Publons profile you get:
- all your publications, easily imported from Web of Science, ORCID, or your bibliographic reference manager (e.g. EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley);
- trusted citation metrics, automatically updated 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; and
- a downloadable academic record summarizing your scholarly impact as an author, editor and peer reviewer, which you can use for promotion and career discussions.
Read more about the most recent Publons features here.
If you're a Publons user, you are eligible for a Web of Science ResearcherID if you have at least one article published in Web of Science. All you need to do to get your identifier is import your publications.
From a Publons perspective, these changes mean the product you know and love is getting even better: now offering a 360° researcher profile that allows you to add publications, track citations, ensure your publications records are correctly attributed across Web of Science, in addition to tracking your peer review history and journal editing work - so you can show more of your research impact in performance reviews and applications.
Going forward we will further integrate the identifier into Web of Science and other Web of Science Group products. This means that if you have a Web of Science ResearcherID, your publications and other parts of your researcher profile will be easily available and synchronized in products like EndNote, ScholarOne, and InCites. An example of this is that publications you validate from your Publons profile will feed back into to Web of Science, improving your presence in the citation database used by researchers and funders around the world to discover and assess research.
With all of these exciting new publication-related features, we want to be clear that Publons isn't hanging up its peer review hat. We continue to work hard to find ways to improve the peer review process. A recent example of this is the Transparent Peer Review initiative we are piloting with Wiley - and we'll have more announcements around peer review in the coming months too.
We hope you enjoy the new features and look forward to your feedback.