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Information on public identifiers for research publications and data

Why are research identifiers important?

Getting your work published is key: the next step is to make sure others are aware of the progress you are making in your research.

Unique identifiers that are freely accessible enable other researchers to locate and cite your work easily, increasing your personal impact and professional standing.

Standard identifiers are available for book, journal article and data publication.


ORCID allows you to register for a persistent ID for yourself.

  • You get a profile and can import your existing publications from Scopus and CrossRef. ORCID provide useful guidance on import options.
  • When you publish you will increasingly be able to give ORCID IDs, allowing the papers to be added to your profile automatically. 
  • You can link ORCID with database-specific identifiers/profiles like ResearcherID.
  • You can register your ORCiD with the university via Pure. See Your ORCID iD and Pure for more details.

ISBNs for books

An International Standard Book Number is a unique identifier for any 'one-off' publication.

An ISBN allows your publication to be located quickly and unambiguously, and purchased quickly.

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ISSNs for journals

An International Standard Serial Number is given to ongoing publications that appear on a regular basis (e.g. monthly, quarterly, yearly).

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DOIs for journal articles or data

A Digital Object Identifier is used  to give a unique number to a digital object, which might for example be a journal article, or  the data which underpins the associated research.

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ResearchData@Soton Help

Deskside support for  researchers and project groups

We offer deskside support for research data management queries.  Topics include:

  • data management planning
  • preparing your data for deposit 
  • funder requirements for sharing data

Some funders and data centres have useful checklists and we can customise this for the University of Southampton environment based on your query.   

Help contact: