Web of Science ResearcherID

A Web of Science ResearcherID is a unique identifier that connects you to your publications across the Web of Science ecosystem (i.e.,Web of Science, Publons, and InCites) and provides the global research community with an invaluable index to author information.

Having a Web of Science ResearcherID helps to:

  • solve author identity issues
  • ensure correct attribution between you and your publications on the Web of Science
  • add dynamic citation metrics from the Web of Science Core Collection and other missing metadata to publication records on your Publons profile, Web of Science, InCites and more
  • effortlessly keep your ORCiD up to date by linking it to your ResearcherID on Publons

Assigning a unique ResearcherID to every researcher with at least one publication on the Web of Science, standardizes and clarifies author names and citations, and makes your information search straightforward and accessible. 

We fully integrated ResearcherID across Web of Science collections, Publons profiles, and InCites. It can also link to your ORCiD to ensure you’re properly credited for your work across the web.


Author Identifiers Table

Expand the Authors Identifiers table to view a list of researchers who have claimed a publication using their Web of Science ResearcherID or ORCiD identifiers.

The table includes:

  • If available, the Web of Science ResearcherID of all authors who have claimed the publication. The hyperlink takes you to the author's Web of Science ResearcherID, hosted on where you can view all the records in the author's publication list.
  • If you're the author of the current record, you can claim the publication and track its citations by selecting Claim on Publons - Track Citations from the drop-down menu. Follow the online instructions to add the publication to your Publons profile.
  • If available, the ORCID of all authors currently associated with the publication.


About ORCID®

The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID, Inc.) is a non-profit organization that aims to solve the author/contributor name ambiguity problem in scholarly communication by creating a central registry of unique identifiers. These identifiers can be used within various systems you may interact with in your professional research workflow, including manuscript submission.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

For more information, go to the ORCID home page.


Importance of Accuracy

Because articles are self-claiming, the name of the person appearing in the Author Identifiers table may not have authored the article you see in the full record. 

For example, a student researcher may create an account on ORCID and include articles on their publication list their professor wrote. So, If you click View Profile on, you will see articles on the student researcher's list they didn't write.


Want to know more?

Visit the Publons website to learn more about ResearcherID.