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Publishing & Data Management

Author Identifiers

In order to help researchers keep their research output credited to them, author identifiers can help disambiguate their names from others with the same or similar name.  Using unique identifiers, researchers can have a common authority link between all of their research, whether they change names, institutions, or fields.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is an open, international, non-profit organization created by the research community to help researches distinguish themselves from others by providing them a unique and persistent 16-digit identifier in order to make scholarship easier to find and attribute so that researchers get credit for all that they do.

ORCID iDs can ensure that a researcher's publications, datasets, and other research outputs are connected with their names throughout their career, even if they change their name, publish under different variations of their name, change institutions, or even switch fields.  In addition, they're also used to create and maintain research profiles, manuscript submissions, as well as grant and patent applications.

Benefits of ORCID:
  • Free to register and use
  • Improves recognition and increases discoverability of you and your research
  • Alleviates mistaken identiy
  • You control and own your ORCID record

ResearcherID, which is a proprietary author identifier from Clarivate Analytics and is fully integrated with Web of Science, assigns a unique identifier to each registered researcher enabling them to manage their publication lists, track their times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators, and avoid author misidentification. In addition, ResearcherID is compliant with ORCID allowing you to link between the two so that profile and publication data can be exchanged between the two systems.

Authors listed in the Scopus database will have an automatically generated author profile, which includes a unique author identifier in an attempt to help disambiguate them from other researchers with a similar name. Use the author search tool to locate a researcher's author profile where you can locate their identifier, including ORCID iD if linked to Scopus, references, citations of work, h-index, and subject area. You cannot edit your author profile yourself, but you can request corrections if publications are incorrectly assigned (or missing from) your profile or you find other errors.  For more information, please see How do I correct my author profile?

Google Scholar Citations allows you to set up an author profile, view citation metrics for your publications, and set email alerts notifying you when your publication is cited.

Open Access

As digital technology has evolved so has the ability to disseminate information.  Researchers now have more options for publishing their scholarly works, whether through traditional publishers (e.g. subscription journals) or open access (OA) publishers (e.g. free public access).

"Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives."


Benefits of Open Access

  • Greater visibility and impact of research
  • Increased opportunity for collaboration
  • Easier access to information for anyone
  • Takes advantage of technology - text mining and the digital environment
  • Better return on investment for research sponsors
  • Encourages and enables greater innovation
  • Faster than traditional publishing
  • Contributes to education's mission of advancing knowledge

Types of Open Access


Articles upon publication are freely and fully accessible in OA journals. Copyright is retained by the author(s) and most of the permission barriers are removed; however, costs are often still associated with publishing in OA journals through article processing charges (APCs), which can be paid for by the author, an institution, or sponsor.


Refers to the self-archiving of a pre-print or post-print article in an online repository. Repositories can be disciplinary-specific (e.g. arXiv, PubMed Central) or institutional types hosted by an organization or university (e.g. Scholarly Commons). Whereas gold OA models can be costly, the benefit for green OA is the avoidance of costs; however, the challenges associated with green OA often involve the ability for authors to retain the necessary copyright permission to share their work.


Allows for articles upon acceptance in a traditional subscription journal to be made available OA if the author pays a fee. Although many publishers refer to hybrid journals as gold OA journals, hybrid journals are still primarily subscription journals with an OA option for individual articles.

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Research Data Management

As researchers face increasing requirements from funding agencies to make their research data publicly available, having a better understanding of research data management practices can help guide them through the research process.

Creating a Data Management Plan

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that describes the data a researcher will acquire and generate throughout the research process and how that data will be used afterward.  A DMP will outline how the data will be managed, described, stored, preserved, and shared.


The DMPTool is a free, open-source, online application that helps researchers create data management plans. These plans, or DMPs, are now required by many funding agencies as part of the grant proposal submission process. The DMPTool provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with funder requirements. It also has direct links to funder websites, help text for answering questions, and resources for best practices surrounding data management.

Storing Data

ERAU supports faculty, student, and staff researchers who wish to organize, store and provide open access to their datasets in Scholarly Commons, the university’s institutional repository.  For more information on providing open access to research data, please contact

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