Many Top Names in Research are also a Number
Addressing the challenge of accurately associating authors with their published works, ResearcherID provides the global research community with an invaluable index of author information. Assigning a unique ID number to each registered participant, ResearcherID standardizes and clarifies author names and citations, making information searches more straight forward and accessible.
Since its launch in January 2008 more than 40,000 researchers have registered for and are using ResearcherID, among them numerous Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates in India, South Korea, and elsewhere around the world. Recent enhancements have enabled the system to be directly integrated with institutional networks, and functionality available in July 2009 will allow researchers to better establish their scholarly networks. The new version will also allow current registered users to refer co-workers and colleagues to ResearcherID.
ResearcherID provides an open solution for the scholarly community, giving researchers a secure place to manage and share professional information by obtaining a unique ID during a one-time registration process. Registering with ResearcherID expressly associates an author with his or her published works, eliminating confusion over nomenclature or changes in institutional affiliations during one’s career. Researchers have complete control over their profile and publication lists and can choose to make information freely available to the global research community or keep their profile private.
ResearcherID delivers this custom author number and search system in a free, safe and secure environment and a way to identify the complete body of published works for specific researchers to registered and non-registered users. Features include easy access to standardized, clarified author names and citation information, resolution of author misidentification, and an opportunity for authors to manage public presentation of personal metrics and for researchers to access a global multidisciplinary scholarly research community.
Working hand-in-hand with Web of Science, as citation metrics are updated the information will automatically be updated in ResearcherID, assuring the most current and accurate analytical research information. ResearcherID Labs are also offered, delivering a unique interactive environment to registered authors to build their publication list, calculate personal metrics using ISI Web of Knowledge data, and explore collaboration and citation networks. In addition, the widely-used ResearcherID Badge allows promotion of a registered researcher’s work from within almost any online environment, such as from an institution’s web page or an individual researcher’s blog.
Featured in Science Magazine, The Lancet, and PloS Computational Biology, ResearcherID also has two Facebook.com groups dedicated to it. Thomson Reuters continues to develop ResearcherID to be a best-in-class virtual author community. Plans call for providing additional innovative functions to help customize and augment researchers’ experience to better manage quality research output and global scholarly collaboration.
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