Highly Cited Research
Searching the Registry
Accessing Your Account
Updating Your Profile
Building Your Publication List
ResearcherID Labs
ResearcherID Web Services
Other Questions


What is

ResearcherID is a website where invited researchers can register for a unique ResearcherID number. At this site, users can: Update their profile information; Build their publication list using Web of Science search services or uploading a file; Select to make their profile public or private. Registered as well as non-registered users can search the Researcher Registry to view profiles and find potential collaborators.

What is a ResearcherID number?

A ResearcherID number is a unique identifier that consists of alphanumeric characters. Each number contains the year you registered.

Highly Cited Research

The Highly Cited Research resource captures the people behind the most influential publications in 21 broad subject categories in life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences based on citation metrics. Within their category, these individuals represent less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers—truly an extraordinary accomplishment. Learn more about the methodology. List your current affiliation in ResearcherID to ensure that your most current information is reflected in Highly Cited Research.

Searching the Registry

How do I search the Registry?

You can search the registry by entering the ResearcherID number you are interested in, or by searching by last name and first initial combination, keywords, institution, or country/region.  Alternatively, there are several visual search features that you can use to launch a search:

How are the keywords generated?

Keywords are entered by the researchers participating in

Are wildcards supported in a registry search? 

Yes, wildcards are supported in the following fields: Last Name/Family Name, First Name/Given Name, Institution, and Keywords.

Are all results presented to me?

When performing a search, you will receive results from users who have chosen to make their profiles public. We respect the privacy of individual researchers and only post information for people who have chosen to be listed on this site.

What is the ‘Map These’ feature?

The Map These feature allows you to view the results generated from the Search ResearcherID, Top Keywords, Top Countries/Regions tab on a world map.  For instance, if you run a Keyword search for "catalysis" your results will contain the researchers with that as one of their keywords. In that Results table, if you click the "Map These" button then the World Map will display and show the global distribution of researchers with the Keywords "catalysis." To remove this filter and show all researchers on the map, click the "Show All Researchers" button above the map.


I would like a ResearcherID number! How do I register? 

Currently, there are two ways to register for a ResearcherID account. If you are an Web of Science subscriber, you can register from the Web of Science homepage. Otherwise, you can request an invitation.

What are the benefits of registering at 

Take advantage of the ability to build your own custom profile and avoid the common problem of author misidentification. Once registered, you will be provided with the tools to build your publication list by searching Web of Science, or by uploading your own publication list. You will then be able to generate citation metrics from the citation data on your publication list.

ResearcherID is now integrated with EndNote. You will be able to access your ResearcherID publication list in EndNote and take advantage of EndNote features for outputting your publications.

I have received an invitation to register via email. Can I forward to my colleague? 

No, the invitation you have received is only for the intended recipient. Your colleague must have an invitation sent directly from the ResearcherID system to their email address. They can request an invitation by clicking the "Register" link at the bottom of any page. Or, you can invite them by logging into ResearcherID and using the Refer-a-Colleague feature.

Do any of the fields on the registration page support Unicode? 

Most fields on the registration page support the Unicode (UTF-8) character set.

How do I control the data available about me during registration? 

When you register, there are some items on the registration page that will be public by default, including your first name, last name, institution, role, and other names. Your mailing address and email will be private. You can change these setting once you have logged into your account.

I'm not registered! What can I do at this site? 

Non-registered users can search the registry and view public profiles.

Accessing Your Account

How do I login to 

You can login to your account by using the link in your email confirmation or by clicking on the login link at the top of every page.

I am an Athens user. Why am I having trouble logging in?

If you are using Athens authentication, log in first to Web of Science and then click My ResearcherID link at the top of any Web of Science page to access your ResearcherID account.

What do I do if I forgot my password?

Click the Forgot Password link on the Login page. Then follow the instructions to reset your password.

What do I do if I no longer have access to my email address on file?

Please contact Clarivate Analytics Technical Support.

What do I do if I do not know the answer to my security question?

Please contact Clarivate Analytics Technical Support.

Updating Your Profile

How do I edit my profile?

Once you have logged in, you will be taken directly to your profile. By clicking on the "Manage My Profile" button, you will be able to update/edit your information.

Are there any additional fields available on the "Manage My Profile" page that were not part of the registration form?;

Yes. You can add information about yourself including your subject area, keywords associated with your research, a description about yourself, urls for your website or blog, as well as joint affiliation information and past institution history. To access the "Manage My Profile" page, log in and click the "Manage Profile" button at the top of your profile page.

Can I control the data others will see about me? 

Yes. When you are updating/editing your profile information on the "Manage My Profile" page, you can make your information "public" or "private" using the check-boxes (or radio-button in the case of email). To access the "Manage My Profile" page, log in and click the "Manage Profile" button at the top of your profile page.

What does the "Registered Users Only" radio button choice for emails mean?

The "registered users only" radio button allows you to limit view of your email address only to other ResearcherID users.

Building Your Publication List

Note: By adding publications using the Web of Science or Web of Science Core Collection options, can provide useful information about your publications on our Citation Metrics and ResearcherID Labs pages.

What type of items can be stored on the ResearcherID My Publications list?

Any items that an author has published can be added to their ResearcherID publication list including journal articles, patents, conference proceedings, grants, and more. Items added to the "My Publications" should be authored by the actual researcher to provide a true representation of their scholarly output.

What is the purpose of the additional publication lists?

Registered members will have access to three publication lists: "My Publications" (the publication list to be used to store your own publications), as well as two additional lists that can be used to store other publications (perhaps publications of colleagues or area of interests). All three lists have the ability to generate citation metrics, but only the My Publications list can be shared publicly.

Are there any restrictions to using the Add Publication function?

Yes. While all researchers can upload publications using an RIS file and EndNote, the ability to search Web of Science for publications to add is limited to subscribers of those products. If you have access to Web of Science from your computer then you will have access to those additional options.

What is the difference between the two options for searching the Web of Science?

The option Search Web of Science searches all Web of Science databases. It is equivalent to an All Databases search in Web of Science. The option Search Web of Science Core Collection searches the seven citation index databases and two chemical information databases that constitute the Web of Science Core Collection. In both cases, you will only retrieve records databases to which you subscribe.

What is an RIS file?

The RIS file format is a tagged format for expressing bibliographic citations.

Can I upload a file in a format other than RIS?

No. At the current time, only RIS file format is supported for upload in the ResearcherID interface.

However, you can use the EndNote option and take advantage of the many file import options in EndNote. On the "Add Publications" page, select the "Go to EndNote" option, or access EndNote directly.

Can others change and edit my articles?

No. Other users of the system can only view your profile in read-only mode in the ResearcherID interface.

If you have access to EndNote, you can take advantage of that product's group sharing capabilities for allowing others to edit/update the articles appearing on your ResearcherID publication list.

There is a mistake in the way my article data looks. Can I edit it?

This functionality is not available at the site. Currently, the ResearcherID system only allows for adding and deleting items on your publication list.

However, you can use EndNote to edit/update the articles appearing on your ResearcherID publication list. On the "Manage Publications" page, select the "Manage Lists with EndNote" option, or access EndNote directly. Note that edits made to publications in EndNote will be reflected in ResearcherID, but will not change the data in Web of Science.However, if you do see a mistake in a record in Web of Science, please send an email to Technical Support.

Can I upload a file that has papers not indexed in Web of Science?

Yes. You can upload items that you have authored, provided that they are in the  RIS format.

The system will automatically generate citation metrics for items on your publication list that contain times cited data. Only records in Web of Science Core Collection databases contain Times Cited data.

ResearcherID Labs

What is ResearcherID Labs?

ResearcherID Labs offers new features that have been developed to provide additional data on each member's collaborators and on those papers citing a researcher’s works. Additionally, you can incorporate a ResearcherID "badge" into your own Web page or blog.

To learn more, please visit our Labs tutorial page.

Why are some labs options not available for some researchers?

Every member of ResearcherID has a Labs page. However, availability of features depends on a researcher's privacy settings and on whether their publication list contains records added from Web of Science Core Collection. Currently, only records added from Web of Science Core Collection are included in the Collaboration Network and Citing Articles Network displays.

ResearcherID Web Services

What Web Services do you currently offer with ResearcherID?

The ResearcherID Web Services provide the ability to create ResearcherID accounts and upload publications as well as download information from ResearcherID via use of a web service. Academic administrators and librarians are the primary audience. However, the service would need to be implemented by an IT librarian/staff as use of the service requires familiarity with XML and web service protocols.

Please see the ResearcherID Web Services page for more details.

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