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Research Tools: ORCiD

A guide on tools to promote your research and increase citations.

ORCiD Overview

There’s a lot of potential for confusion and mistaken identities in scholarly publishing. You might share a name with other, similarly named researchers! Or you might have changed your name at some point during your career. How are others supposed to know if they’ve found the right you?

Luckily, some smart people have been working to make name disambiguation easy.

ORCID IDs are permanent identifiers for researchers. They protect your unique scholarly identity and help you keep your publication record up-to-date with very little effort.

ORCID was founded in 2012 as a non-profit organization comprised of publishers, funders, and institutions like Nature Publishing Group, Wellcome Trust, and Cornell University. Over 1 million researchers have ORCID IDs so far, and the number continues to grow.

How to Create an ORCiD

Step 1. Claim your ORCID in under 30 seconds by logging into and sign up for an ORCID account.

  • If your name is already in the ORCID system, you’ll then be prompted to claim an existing profile or make a new one.

  • At this step in the process, you’ll add very basic information like your name and email address, choose a default level of privacy for your profile, accept ORCID’s terms of use, and click “Register”.

Congrats! You now have an ORCID identifier. And now you’re on your way to having an ORCID profile, too.


Step 2. Fill out your ORCID profile

Add websites where you’ve got a scholarly profile, such as your Google Scholar, or your personal website. 

  • On the left-hand menu on your main profile page, click the pencil “Edit” icon next to “Websites.”

  • In the fields that appear, add links to your Google Scholar and other professional profiles you’ve created. Also add a link to your website or faculty page. Describe each link adequately enough so your profile’s viewers know if they’re going to click a Google Scholar link vs. something else.

  • Click “Save changes” when you’re done.


Step 3. To connect to other identifiers and indices:

  1. From your main profile page, scroll down to the “Works” section and click the “add some now” link. You’ll then be prompted to connect to the services of your choice.

  2. Once you’ve connected your profiles, your works will be imported automatically to ORCID. If you’ve connected another scholarly identifier like your Scopus Author ID, a link will appear in your left-hand menu bar.


Step 4. Complete your personal information

Add your education credentials and employment history that might not have imported when you connected other services. Under each section, click the “Add Manually” button, fill out as much descriptive information as you’re comfortable sharing, choose the level of privacy you’d prefer under the “Who can see this?” section in the upper right of the pop-up box, and then click “Add to list” to commit it to your profile.


Step 5. Complete your publication record

It’s possible that not all of your publications and other works will have imported. You can add them manually by clicking the “Add Work Manually” button under your Works section and adding the publications.