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NRF Rating Preparation: Researcher Profiles

This guide provides information and tools for measuring research impact, focusing on the use of citation metrics in NRF rating preparation

Researcher Profiles

A Researcher or Scholar profile is a free website where researchers can register for a unique researcher ID number and public information profile, build a publication list by searching databases and adding publications or uploading a file. The registry of researcher profiles are searchable, making it easy to view profiles and find potential collaborators.

Profiles consists of:

  • Identifiers: Persistent, unique, alphanumeric identifier attached to a researcher throughout his/her career as they move across institutions or disciplines.

  • Profiling: biographical data, list of publications/outputs, institutional affiliations and research interests.

  • Bibliometric data: Citation counts & metrics (H-index automatically calculated and displayed)


  • Build an accurate & unique global public research profile by managing personal profile information on the web

  • Properly identify yourself and your work as a researcher (global identity challenge)

  • Show the citation impact of your research (H-index etc.)

How can you use researcher profiles?

  • Enhance personal web page

  • Job applications & Curriculum Vitae

  • Funding & grant application

  • Promotion application

  • Performance appraisal

  • Research award application

  • Research evaluation & assessment (NRF rating application)

A Researcher profile allows you to:

  • Update your Profile (biographical information) at any time
  • Build, update and manage your publications list
  • Control how much of your profile is public or private
  • View citation metrics
  • Search the registry to find collaborators, review publication lists, and explore how research is used around the world

To increase your e-visibility as a researcher, please refer to the e-Visibility library guide. This guide provide steps and guidelines on how to develop and online presence on the Web. It focusses on creating an e-profile using formal researcher profile platforms tools and social media tools.

NRF Rating Application Process

Creating Researcher Profiles for NRF Rating

To prepare for NRF rating, create scholarly profiles on the ORCID, ResearcherID (Clarivate Analytics) and a Google Scholar profile.