What is ORCID? ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, ensuring that your work is recognizable and correctly attributed to you.
In this post, we will cover three basic steps to get you started:
- Registering for an ORCID iD
- Adding works to your account
- Using your ORCID iD
Step 1: Register for a free ORCID iD
Why register for an ORCID iD?
- Distinguishes you from other researchers, ensuring that your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you, especially if you have a common name, have published under different versions of your name, or have changed your name.
- Reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations.
- Improves recognition and discoverability for you and your works and activities.
- Is persistent – your ORCID iD is stored in the ORCID Registry, in an account that you own and can manage throughout your research career.
Step 2: Add works to your account
There are several ways to add your works to your ORCID account:
- Link your works from another system (recommended)
- Link your works though your ArXiv ID
- Import your works using DOI numbers
- Import your works using PubMed ID numbers
- Import your works using a BibTex file
- Add your works manually
Using the various Search & Link wizards developed by ORCID member organizations is the recommended method for populating your record. The wizards make adding works easy and ensure that transposed data is accurate. This method allows for the addition of contributor information, a feature not supported by other methods.
To add works to your ORCID record using a Search & Link wizard, you must first grant access to the organization’s integration. Select the platform you want to use to import your works from the dropdown list. You will be prompted to grant access to your ORCID record, then taken to the member’s website to select the works to add to your ORCID record. Works added with a Search & Link wizard will display the relevant organization as the source of the item and you as the source of the connection between that item and your record. This displays as “[researcher name] via [wizard name].”
Link wizards currently supported include:
- MLA International Bibliography
- Scopus Author ID
For additional information about building your ORCID record and connecting your iD, click HERE.
Step 3: Maximize the use of your ORCID iD
To maximize the use of your ORCID iD consider the following:
- To ensure maximum visibility and discoverability, make your works public.
- Add basic biographical information, such as education and institutional affiliations, and make it public.
- Add to your record all name variants you have used throughout your research career.
- Use your ORCID iD when prompted in processes such as manuscript and grant proposal submission.
- Include your ORCID iD in social media account biographies, in your email signature,
- and/or on your professional website.
- Include your ORCID iD on conference posters to direct people to your works. Use the tools available to you when logged in, such as generating a QR code for your iD (see below).