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Course Research Impacts: YOU in Web of Science

YOU in Web of Science

Web of Science creates Author Records, using an algorithm approach and human curation. When you have at least one publication in Web of Science, an author record, including a Web of Science ResearcherID, will be automatically created for you. A Web of Science ResearcherID is a unique identifier that differentiates researchers in the Web of Science.

You can search these records in the Researchers tab. It's possible that multiple author records have been created for you or that some publications are linked to another researcher. 

How can you make sure the information about you and your publications is correct in Web of Science? You can claim your author record, via Publons. Corrections made in Publons will be automatically reflected in the Web of Science author record. The author record will be enriched with information from Publons, for example with your Peer review activities, picture and ORCID iD. Web of Science calls a claimed author record a 'researcher profile' - they can be recognized by the green check mark behind the name of the author.

  • Open the Researchers tab 
  • Search by name
  • In the results list, click your name
  • Click the button Claim my record 
  • Click Proceed to claim this record
  • You are redirected to Publons

Publons / ResearcherID

To create a Publons profile: when you have a Web of Science account, you can log in to Publons with that account. If you don't have a Web of Science account, Publons offers several options to register, after clicking the button Create a Publons profile:

  • Enter e-mailaddress and name, Publons will send you an e-mail with a link to activate the account
  • When you have an ORCID iD: you can also register using your ORCID credentials (this saves you from remembering an extra username and password!)

Next, you add publications to your Publons profile. There are several ways to add publications:

  • Using the Import from Web of Science option in Publons
  • Searching Web of Science - you can use the option Add to my Publons profile (one of the Export options) to add publications to your list. 
  • Linking your profile to your ORCID record
  • Upload a file (for example a RIS or CSV file exported from RefWorks or other reference software)
  • Adding publications manually by searching for a DOI, PubMed ID, arXiv or article title.

Please note: the information in Publons about Times cited, used to calculate the citation metrics, will only be gathered for publications added to your Publication List by using Web of Science. 

Advantages of Publons / Web of Science ResearcherID:

  • You know your own publications best, so you can make sure only your publications are found (and not those of a researcher with the same name by chance).
  • Some Citation Metrics, the H-index and sum of times cited are calculated for you, based on your publications and the citations to these publications within Web of Science. If you don’t want to make these metrics public, you can keep them private.
  • When you have publications covered in Web of Science but not covered in Scopus and/or without a DOI, like book reviews and meeting abstracts, creating a Publons profile is the way to add these publications to your ORCID record. 
  • Some publishers work with Publons to give recognition to their peer reviewers. You can add your peer review activities via your Publons profile to your ORCID record (see the EUR ORCID LibGuide for more information). 


  • You have to keep up to date with your publications in Web of Science and remember to add them to your Publons profile. Once an author record is claimed by the author, even the algorithm of Web of Science can't update that author record. This means that a new publication is added to a second author record. When you create a author alert for yourself, you’ll get an e-mail from Web of Science when a new publication has been added to the database. This can make it easier to keep your researcher profile in Web of Science up to date.

TIP: A manual about how to create a Publons Profile / ResearcherID can be downloaded here.

The author record in Web of Science

An author record in Web of Science contains:

  • Name, name variants and affiliations
  • Information about the type of author record: algorithmically generated or claimed by the author (green check mark)
  • Web of Science ResearcherID
  • When added by the researcher: ORCID iD, with a link to the ORCID record
  • List of publications in Web of Science Core Collection

When the author record is claimed by the author (a researcher profile):

  • Picture (source: Publons)
  • Review awards (source: Publons)
  • Peer review tab: Overview of the journals the author reviewed for
  • Publication metrics, including the number of publications, citations and H-index; Peer review metrics; Author Impact Beamplot Summary and the Author Position (is the author the first, last or corresponding author in his/her publications?). When you click the button Dashboard you can see the full Author Impact Beamplot, the Geographic Citation Map and detailed peer review metrics. 
  • Author Network: a list of top co-authors.

When the author record is algorithmically generated:

  • Author Impact Beamplot tab 
  • Publication metrics, including the number of publications, citations and H-index; Author Impact Beamplot Summary and the Author Position (is the author the first, last or corresponding author in his/her publications?)

The Author Impact Beamplot is a visualization of the publications and their citation percentiles.

  • The citation percentile measures the number of citations for an article against a benchmark of similar papers (in terms of field, publication year and document type). An article with no citations has a percentile of 0, and the article with the most citations has a percentile score of 100. The beamplot contextualizes the articles of a researcher, showing changes over the course of a career. 
  • Also included are the annual percentile median - the average citation percentile of all publications from the same year - and the overal citation percentile median of all publications in the beamplot. More information about the beamplot is available here and in this video.

Tip: Do you need a link to a Web of Science author record? Instead of using the URL of the page, you can create a URL containing the ResearcherID:[ResearcherID]. This will redirect to the Web of Science author record.

ORCID iDs in Web of Science

ORCID is an initiative to solve the author name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers, the ORCID ID. With this ID you get an ORCID record: there you can make the connections between the ORCID iD and your works, affiliations, funding etc. ORCID also creates open and transparent linking mechanisms between ORCID and other current author ID schemes, so that data can be added in an easy way.

TIP: check the EUR ORCID LibGuide for more information about ORCID iDs and records. 

Web of Science uses the public ORCID API to add ORCID iDs to publications. When you add a publication with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to your ORCID record and make that publication 'visible for everyone', Web of Science will automatically display the ORCID iD in the section 'View Web of Science ResearcherID and ORCID'. In Web of Science you can use the field 'Author Identifier' to search using an ORCID iD. 

When you've linked your Publons account with your ORCID record, your ORCID iD will be visible in the Author Record in Web of Science.