World University Rankings, Author Attribution and ORCID

World University Rankings

The two major World University Rankings systems used by students, their parents and universities are THE (Times Higher Education) and QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).   Citation analysis forms part of the methodology used to reach the overall world ranking for each university. In THE, citations count towards 30% of a university’s ranking, while in QS, citations per faculty count towards 20% of a university’s ranking. Both THE and QS use Scopus database to collect citation information. More details about their specific methodologies can be found here:

Note: Until 2016 THE has used the Web of Science database to calculate citations.

Author Attribution on Scopus and Web of Science databases

It is important that your research is included in Scopus and is correctly attributed to you as a staff member of the University of Waikato. Depending on your research area you may also find it worthwhile to ensure your publications are correctly attributed in the Web of Science database. To ensure correct attribution of publications, please refer to Researcher profiles.


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification) is another author attribution registry which entered the market in late 2012.

It aims to provide an international registry of persistent unique identifiers for researchers and scholars. It can exchange publication information with your Scopus and Web of Science author profiles, and you can also add publications not included in these databases manually. This means that it is the one place that can contain your complete academic output, in perpetuity. You can also add multiple websites, employment and educational background and much more.

An ORCID ID is increasingly being required by publishers and other institutions in order to facilitate the research process. The University of Waikato encourages all academic staff to obtain an ORCID ID and to connect ORCID to IRIS (the University’s publication management system).

There are has many helpful guides and videos which show you how to:

Please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you would like assistance in creating an ORCID ID and updating your profile, or help with attributing your research correctly in Scopus or Web of Science.