What is it?

ResearcherID is a Thomson Reuters product and is closely integrated with its Web of Science database. ResearcherID is a free service for researchers and allows you to build a publications list drawn from the Web of Science database and manually added items. Unlike the ORCID, ResearcherID only allows you to add journal articles to the list, so any other research output is excluded. Once you've created your publications list, you can call up citation metrics from Web of Science for your work. You can also integrate your ORCID, so the two can be updated simultaneously. And through the ResearcherID Labs you can create visual Collaboration Networks and Citing Articles Networks created from Web of Science data. ResearcherID itself is a free service, though further use of Web of Science is contingent on your institution having access to Web of Science. Like ORCID you can determine what information about you is public or private, but it seems as if the level of control is less granular than that of ORCID.

What can it do for me?

Beyond allowing you to claim all your work indexed in Web of Science, ResearcherID provides you with the ability to pull citation metrics for your publications from Web of Science. The citation metrics generated through your ResearcherID are all drawn from the Web of Science Core Collection, which means that if a publication citing your work is not included in the Web of Science Core Collection it won't be counted. These are the metrics provided: citations distributed by year, total articles in publication list, articles with citation data, sum of the times cited, average citations per article, and h-index. While there is some overlap in the metrics provided by Google Scholar Citations, there might be some discrepancies in the numbers as Google Scholar Citations derives its data from the articles included in Google Scholar which indexes more broadly than Web of Science.

Privacy issues?

ResearcherID is covered by the Thomson Reuters privacy policy, which looks solid. Taking the usual caveats into account, there don't seem to be many privacy concerns over ResearcherID.

Pros & Cons


  • Publication list drawn from the extensive Web of Science database
  • Detailed citation reports, collaboration networks and citing articles networks available


  • Citation metrics are derived solely from the Web of Science Core collections so they aren't exhaustive.
  • While full functionality for ResearcherID is available to all, clicking through to Web of Science services is only possible if your institution has access to that database.

Who in Leiden?

Antoaneta Dimitrova (Institute of Public Administration) 
Bernard Hommel (Institute of Psychology) 
Daniela Kraft (Institute of Physics) 
Roeland van der Rijst (ICLON) 
Esther van de Vosse (LUMC)