VU Elements

VU Elements is a research information management system that provides a single source for all of our research publication data.

About VU Elements

VU Elements will start harvesting your outputs stored in world-wide citation indices automatically using your surname and first name.

If you get no results or too many false positives, start experimenting with the 'search settings' to get the best harvest result.

Log in to VU Elements

Verifying your name

Try name variants if you have published using different versions of your surname, first name and initials, create a surname variant without spaces/apostrophe/hyphens, or create one for each combination of your initials.

If you have a very common name and most of your publications are indexed by Web of Science, a very efficient option is to establish a ResearcherID profile. Adding this ResearcherID as an identifier in VU Elements will improve the accuracy of the harvest.

Similarly, we urge you to verify and correct your Author Profile in Scopus. Scopus provides two ways to correct information for your profile and associated publications: a) by using their web-based author feedback wizard and b) via the Author Search in the Scopus interface, where you can use the links on author profile and author documents pages to request Author Identifier merges and corrections.

If you have published outputs not covered by citations indices, the easiest way to deposit your research outputs is to log in to VU Elements and enter your outputs manually.

More information about how to add your publications to VU Elements is available in VU Elements Quick Guide (PDF, 650.4 KB) or look for the contact details of your College Librarian on the Library research support page.

Researcher identifiers


ResearcherID is a registry that assigns a unique persistent identification number and collects contact information about the researcher.

It interacts with Web of Science content to provide researchers with bibliographic data and citation counts for creation of their publication list.

To establish a ResearcherID, type ResearcherID in a Google search, open the site, create an ID for yourself and then select your outputs from Web of Science.

The next step is to add your ResearcherID to VU Elements profile. Once Thomson Reuters has updated your profile (allow two weeks), VU Elements will harvest your Web of Science indexed papers.

Scopus Author Identifier

The Scopus Author Identifier feature allows researchers to accurately distinguish between publications written by people with similar names.

Scopus assigns an Author ID to each author, assembling affiliations and publications based on the content of indexed articles and author feedback.

More information about researcher identifiers is available in the Researcher Identification (PDF, 159.39 KB).

How to check & submit your publications

Login to VU Elements and check your publications, claim the ones you have (co-)authored, and add outputs not yet harvested, which is common for books and chapters.

If your output is not available online via a persistent URL or DOI, you will have to deposit a PDF of the output for auditing purposes.

Contact us

For assistance with VU Elements, please submit a ticket through the VU Support Hub:

  1. Visit the VU Support Hub (login required).
  2. Click on the 'Research' tile (scroll down to access).
  3. Click 'Submit a new ticket'.
  4. Select an item from the Service Catalog.
  5. Enter the details of your request.
  6. Click 'Review & Submit', then click 'Submit'.