The h-index is designed to measure the impact and productivity of a researcher. It identifies the highest number of papers from an individual's publication list to have the same or a higher number of citations. If a researcher has a h-index of 5 then they have at least 5 publications with 5 or more citations.
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It is important that all of a researcher's published work (research outputs) is identified with them. Sometimes this can be difficult if their name and initials are the same or similar to other researchers. A researcher should consistently use a version of their name that helps to uniquely identify them. A researcher profile can also link the researcher's name and research outputs to a unique identifier.
There are many free researchers profiles available. They are a valuable tool to:
REGISTER for an ORCID ID
Registration for an ORCID identifier is free and fast: go to https://orcid.org/register and enter your name and email address and create a password. NOTE: If you have more than one university email address, it is important that you make sure that your ORCID account has all your email addresses associated with it to avoid duplicate ORCIDs being created.
You can then link your ORCID ID to, and import information from, other sources such as: ResearcherID. Scopus Author Identifier, and
Google Scholar Citations
How to Register for an ORCID ID
How to import your publications or other works into ORCID from third-party sites, such as ResearcherID and Scopus.
ResearcherID and ORCID integration
How to manually add works into your ORCID ID
How to link your Google Scholar profile and other websites to your ORCID ID
How to import your Google Scholar citations to your ORCID ID, using BibTeX Import feature
REGISTER for a Google Scholar Profile
For more detailed instructions see:
It is becoming more common for academic researchers to raise the profile of their research in the community through Social Networking and other similar websites. Below is a list of suggested resources: