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Scholarly Writing: Researcher identifiers & networks


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 recognised.

ORCID stands for: Open Researcher and Contributor ID and is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create:

  • An international, interdisciplinary, central registry of unique and persistent identifiers for individual researchers, and
  • A way to link the identifiers with researchers' outputs and activities.

An ORCID identifier will help you to distinguish your research activities and outputs from those of other researchers with similar names, and make sure you get credit for your work.

ORCID identifiers are increasingly being used by:

ORCID identifier provides a:

  • Unique, persistent identifier which you can link to your other IDs such as your Scopus Author Identifier and Publons (ResearcherID)
  • Profile page which can include your: list of publications, employment history, research interests and links to other profiles

Please note: 
- ORCID does not track citations and your ORCID profile will not include citation counts.
- Springer Nature provide answers to questions about ORCID.
- Click here to register for your ORCID identifier.
- More information on ORCID can be found at the metrics guides of major universities, see Metrics.


ResearcherID provides a unique identifier to enable researchers to manage their publication lists, track their times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators and avoid author misidentification. In addition, your ResearcherID information integrates with the Web of Science database (not available at SVHM) and is ORCID compliant, allowing you to claim and showcase your publications from a single account.

Click here to register.

Networks for researchers

At St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

  • The Research Bulletin: a monthly roundup of upcoming research grand rounds, events/workshops and funding opportunities. Subscribe by emailing 
  • Nursing Research Institute and Allied Health Collaboration research seminar series via Microsoft Teams. For any enquiries and to be included in the Research Seminar Program email distribution list, please contact Alysia Coventry on


There are many formal academic and professional networking sites which provide a platform to:

  •     Create a profile to increase the visibility and accessibility of your research output
  •     Share papers and follow colleagues or peers to view their research, identify potential collaborators and grow your network
  •     Generate citation metrics which indicate the reach of your work 
benefits of membership, instructions on how to create a profile, examples of profiles, advice on risks and considerations are found here (Source:University of Melbourne Library)

benefits of membership, instructions on how to create a profile, examples of profiles, advice on risks and considerations are found here (Source:University of Melbourne Library).