What most researchers want is a web-based tool that will:
Unfortunately we're not there yet. Some author tools are described on this page, but none of them is the silver bullet.
ResearcherID is based on the Thomson Reuters suite of databases, Web of Knowledge. ResearcherID is freely available, but you must register to create an account. In your ResearcherID account you can
ResearcherID incorporates EndNote Web, which allows you to import article citations that aren't indexed by Web of Science. Articles added in this fashion won't be incorporated into your times cited or h-index. ResearcherID provides you with a permanent URL which you can distribute.
Publish or Perish is freeware, created by an Australian academic to help her with her own research portfolio. You must download the software onto your computer. Publish or Perish searches Google Scholar and calculates a number of metrics that include:
Dr. Harzing's web site offers links to interesting articles about how to use and interpret these numbers.
ORCID, Open Researcher & Contributor ID, is a non-profit group trying to solve the author disambiguation problem. They hope to create a researcher registry that will use the linking power of the Internet to uniquely identify authors and contributors.
Much appreciation is due to Robin Sinn at Johns Hopkins University for most of the content of this guide.