Scientist Identification: The Russian Needle in the Haystack

Director of the Central Scientific Library of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russia

The usage of unique identifiers (Researcher ID, Author ID and SPIN-code) by the researchers from Russia was analyzed. It has become evident that the Russian scientists do not take advantage of the well known identifiers to distinguish their scholarly publications. Russia accounts for a small share in the world’s scientist’s population in the Researcher ID (Thomson Reuters) and Author ID (Elsevier Scopus) databases. This mishandles the position of the Russian science in the academic world and adversely affects the image of Russia. To improve its image, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) initiated the project Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI) six years ago. At the turn of the year 2010, the RSCI database was officially acknowledged as an analytical instrument for research evaluation in Russia. This system includes the Science Index Identifier (Scientific Personal Identification Number or SPIN-code) used for identification of the authors of scholarly content in the RSCI database. Since February 2011 Far Eastern institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences have been accumulating experience in teaching the usage of such identifiers in academic research.

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