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Scholarly Communication & Impact: How do they know I am the author?

This guide is to help you navigate the different elements of the Scholarly Communication world and find out how you can use them to your benefit.

Reasons for mistaken identities of authors

Discrepancies with Author's name and identity can occur when:

  • Same name, different person (e.g. John Smith, Zhang H.)
  • Inconsistent use of name (varies from paper to paper)
  • Names may be truncated, hyphenated or split
  • Varying translation of non-Romanised names
  • Name change (e.g. change of name when married)
  • Authors may change affiliations

A Researcher Identity would help to attribute all works to the correct author and avoid such discrepancies.




An ORCID is a persistent and unique researcher identity that would help distinguish you from other authors. This would lead to less ambiguity when attributing your work to your identity.

In NTU, it is mandated that you must have an ORCID.

There are other researcher identities and these can be consolidated in your ORCID profile. 

Alternative Researcher IDs

Do note that these profiles can be consolidated in your ORCID profile.

  • ResearcherID (now on Publons)
    • Author Profile for Web of Science
    • Typically WOS has a stronger coverage in Natural Sciences & Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Patents, Data sets.
  • Scopus Author Profile
    • Mainly for use in Scopus
    • Typically Scopus has a stronger coverage in Life Sciences, Social Sciences (including Arts and Humanities), Physical Sciences and Health Sciences
  • Google Scholar Profile
    • Mainly for use in Google Scholar
    • Diverse Subject Coverage and content coverage