The easiest way to search for a person in Dimensions is to use the "Researcher" filter on the left side of the page. Simply select the researcher filter, and then either select the person you are interested in by clicking "Limit to" next to their name, or, if their name does not appear in the list, click "more" and type the name you are looking for. This will present you with options matching your search. Click "Limit to" to see results only associated with that person.

Currently, researcher profiles will include any publications, grants or clinical trials which this person is connected to (patents and policy documents are not included), and the persons profile page will include other details and links to external pages such as their ORCiD record or other databases, if they are available.

Searching for a researcher using an ORCiD identifier

If you know the ORCiD identifier of the researcher that you are trying to find in Dimensions, you can use this to find them in the search box. Simply enter the ORCiD identifier in the Search box in quotation marks (e.g. "0000-0002-3423-5030") and search with the "Full data" option. If we have the ORCiD matched to a researcher in Dimensions then the results will include all of their publications, as well as any other publications which include the identifier somewhere in their full text document. Then, in order to filter to only the person of interest, use the Researcher filter to select the researcher specifically, and remove the rest of the search query.


I cannot find the person I am looking for. Why not?

If typing the name in does not give you the option you are looking for, it is either because you have spelt the name wrong, or the person does not have a profile in Dimensions. In order to have a Dimensions profile, a person needs to have at least two documents associated with them (publications, grants or clinical trials).

I see multiple copies of the same name in the list. How do I know which one to choose?

Some people have very common names, and in rare cases we may also have created two researcher profiles for one person, if the automated disambiguation was not confident enough that they should be combined. This means that several versions of the same name will appear in the list for selection. In this situation, there are several options to identify the correct person-

  • If possible, use the ORCiD identifier, as detailed above, to identify the person in Dimensions.
  • If there are only a small number of them, simply choose one at a time and examine the profile that is given to see if it matches the person you are looking for. 
  • If there is a larger number of them, try adding another filter to your search, such as a research organisation or keyword, or even search for the name in the text search in quotation marks e.g. "Albert Einstein" (making sure to choose the "Full data" search option. This will then narrow down the options and in the "Researcher" filter, the name you are looking for should come to the top of the list of the top ten options for selection. You can then select this person, and if you are going to repeat this search in the future you can save it as a favourite to make it easier to find later.