Online Research Guidance


Each academic staff at the University of Zakho must have their scientific web-pages that adding values to their CAD among global academic communities. This can be easily achieved by registering with the most important indexing bodies:

Google Scholar

  1. Visit Google Scholar Website (
  2. If you did not sign in before (before step 1) to the university mail then at the upper right click sign in, and is going to ask you to provide your email account and the password (University of Zakho email account).
  3. After log in and at the top menu click on MY CITATIONS to start the registration.
  4. Now you are about to create your profile. 

For the rest of the instruction on how to create your profile, see the presentation below:


Further Help:

Open Research and Contributors ID (ORCID)

One may ask what is ORCID? The answer can be found at the ORCID website itself as:
“ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.” Read more about ORCID.

It is very simple to create your ORCID ID. That can be achieved through three main steps as:

Get your unique ORCID identifier Register now!
Registration takes 30 seconds.

Enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn).

Include your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.

Further Help:


ResearcherID provides a solution to the author ambiguity problem within the scholarly research community. Each member is assigned a unique identifier to enable researchers to manage their publication lists, track their times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators and avoid author misidentification. In addition, your ResearcherID information integrates with the Web of Science and is ORCID compliant, allowing you to claim and showcase your publications from a single one account. Search the registry to find collaborators, review publication lists and explore how research is used around the world! (source: ResearcherID website).

  1. Create a ResearcherID Account
  • Access ResearcherID at and click on “JOIN NOW IT’S FREE>“.
  • Enter your name and email address and click on “Submit“. You will receive an email inviting you to register.
  • Copy and paste the link they will send you in the email into your browser and then enter your details in the registration form.
  • Click on “Submit Registration” and accept the terms and conditions. Your unique ResearcherID number is now displayed on the screen. You will also
    receive it by email.
  • Click on the link to log in to ResearcherID. You will be presented with a page that displays your profile information and a URL which you can put into webpages to provide a link to a list of your publications once you have added them to your profile.
  • Click on the Manage Profile link if you wish to add an additional institution or other information to your profile such as keywords and URLs to you professional website, etc., and also to set your public / private preferences, i.e., which information is available for public view.

    2. Add Your Publications to Your Profile

  • From your profile home page, click on the Add link under My Publications to the left of the screen. (do not confuse with the Publication Lists, which are for you to compile lists of other people’s publications, e.g. colleagues);
    Note: You are advised to retrieve publication details from Web of Science or Web of Knowledge in order to include citation information and your h-index in your ResearcherID profile.
  • Click on Search Web of KnowledgeSearch Web of Science or Search Web of Science Distinct Author Sets (the last option is particularly useful if you have a common name or lots of publications).
  • Fill out the search criteria and click on the Search button.
  • Select the articles that are your publications and click on Add selections toMy Publications: “Add
  • To go back to your profile click on “Return to My Researcher Profile” at the top of the page.
  • If you have made a mistake, to delete publications from your profile page click on Manage, select the incorrect publication and click on the Delete button.
  • If you have publications that do not exist in Web of Knowledge / Web of Science, you can upload references directly from EndNote Web or upload a file in RIS format. Note, however, these references will not include citation information and therefore will not make a difference to your citation metrics.

    3. Searching ResearcherID

  • Researcher ID is a freely available website – you can search for and view other researchers’ profiles. Connect to:
  • To search for an author, enter their surname in the quick search box on the ResearcherID home page.
  • To include an author’s initial or first name in your search or to search for authors at a particular institution, or from a particular discipline, click on more options.
    Note: You will only be able to view profiles where researchers have allowed them to be public.
  • Click on the author’s name to view their full profile.
  • The Publication List shows a list of the researcher’s publications with the most highly cited first. You can change the order of the display using the drop-down menu. Click on Citation Metrics to view bibliometric information, including the sum of the times cited, average citations per article and h-index.

Further Help


ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. According to a study by Nature and an article in Times higher Education, it is the largest academic social network in terms of active users, although other services have more registered users and more recent data suggests that almost as many academics have Google Scholar profiles. (Source: Wikipedia)