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Research Impact Metrics & Visibility

This guide, targeted towards faculty and researchers, provides an introduction to the various metrics used to measure scholarly research impact.

What is Scopus Author ID and what are its advantages?

  • A proprietary system from Elsevier integrated within Scopus and ScienceDirect. 

  • Distinguishes among similar names by assigning each author in Scopus a unique identifier and grouping all of the documents written by the author.

  • Automatically created by Scopus when at least one publication by an author is indexed in Scopus; hence registration is not required.

  • Additional articles are added to the Scopus Author Profile by an algorithm based on the document's metadata supplied during publication including author's name, affiliation, and subject areas.

  • Having a Scopus Author ID allows you to easily see a list of your publications and view citation metrics such as h-index measures, citation counts, publications and co-authors.

  • Can be linked to ORCID iD so your publications can be imported into your ORCID. 

To search for a Scopus profile:

Go to Scopus and search for any author by last name, first name or affiliation under Author Search tab. You can also search using an author's ORCID iD.


On the search results page, click on the profile that belongs to you.


You will be able to see your list of publications, citation counts and basic metrics. Your Scopus author ID can be found just under the profile name.


To find out more about your metrics click on 'citation overview'. You can also click on 'Connect to ORCID' to link your Scopus author ID to your ORCID iD.

When searching for your name on Scopus, it may be possible that you will retrieve multiple profiles that belong to you. This may be due to discrepancies caused by different name variants or affiliation names.

In this case, you can select your relevant profiles and click on 'request to merge authors' to make changes to your profile. You will need an Elsevier account to complete this process. 

  • Search for your name in Author search. 

  • Select the author names to merge.

  1. Select 'Request to merge authors'. The Author Feedback Wizard opens.

  2. Select the author details to merge:

    1. From the Preferred name drop-down, select the desired name format of the author.

    2. From the Current affiliation drop-down, select the desired affiliation.

  3. Add or removed documents to be merged:
    Remove documents from the author profile merge
    Add documents to the author profile merge

  4. Select one of the available options and click 'Continue'. The Author Feedback Wizard opens and displays the list of documents for the author profiles to be merged.
    Optional: Locate any missing documents from the author profiles to be merged
    Optional: Add profiles to be merged

  5. Review the documents and click 'Review affiliation'. The Review affiliation form opens. Scopus provides a suggested affiliation for the merged author profiles, but you have the option to select from the drop-down list.

  6. Select an affiliation and click 'Confirm and Submit'. The Confirm page opens.

  7. Review the information then click 'Submit'.

You will receive an automated message from Scopus notifying you of the merge request. The change will be implemented by Scopus team in a few days after the information is verified.
Source: Scopus profile and content corrections Support Center. (2021, September 29). Requesting to merge authors.
  1. Open the Scopus Author Feedback wizard.

  2. Follow the wizard’s steps, finding the correct profile(s) in Scopus and checking the publications it contains.

  3. Once you have reviewed the profile and identified any corrections:

    • Your Scopus Author Identifier is sent to ORCID.

    • Scopus remembers your ORCID.

    • The corrected publication list is sent to ORCID (optional).

    • Any corrections you make are submitted to the Scopus Author Feedback team. You will receive an email with a request to confirm them.

  4. In some circumstances, gathering all your publications and determining a final Scopus Author Identifier may take some time. To help you with this, supply your email address to the Scopus Author Feedback team if:

    • Your work is scattered across many different profiles, or

    • Your name occurs very frequently.

Source: Scopus. (2020, September 16). How do I import author details to ORCID?