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Researcher identifiers and profiles

Information on establishing and using researcher identifier and profile systems

Researcher Identifiers and Profiles

Establishing your identity as a researcher is essential to distinguishing yourself and getting credit for your research activity. 

Using your researcher identifiers to streamline your publication workflow and draw in accurate data about your work to your UQ eSpace profile will help you spend more time on your research and less time on the management of your research.

At the University of Queensland, ORCID is the authority source for external identifiers for both UQ staff and HDR students.

This guide outlines:

  • how to register, curate and use your ORCID iD
  • how to link your ORCID iD to University systems via UQ eSpace
  • how to connect other relevant researcher identifiers to your ORCID profile and
  • how to get the most out of your ORCID profile

What identifiers and profiles do I need?


  • ORCID iD - Get one, set it up well and use it, and link it to UQ systems
  • ResearcherID - Essential if you have publications indexed in the Web of Science database, get one, add your Web of Science publications to it and link it to your ORCID iD as described in this guide
  • Scopus Author Identifier - Essential if you have publications indexed in Scopus, link it to your ORCID as described in this guide
  • Google Scholar - Establish and keep updated - Link it to your ORCID profile as a weblink as described in this guide
  • UQ eSpace - This profile is automatically created when you are employed as a researcher at UQ, link it to your ORCID iD as described in this guide
  • UQ Researchers - The publications for your UQ Researchers profile are drawn from UQ eSpace


  • Publons - Recommended if you are peer reviewing articles - Ensure that you register with your ORCID iD and set your Publons account to push your reviews to your ORCID record

Other Public Profiles

  • ResearchGate,, Loop, LinkedIn, SSRN and Twitter are optional - For further reading on approaches to strategic publishing click here