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Scholarly Publication: All you need to know: ORCID

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)



is a unique identifier for researchers.  It allows research activities to be accurately attached to individuals over time, across institutions and across multiple information systems. For more details visit: What is ORCID?

Having an ORCID ID

  • Will make your work discoverable by others
  • Connects your research to you throughout your career, no matter how your name appears in the publication
  • Distinguishes you from other researchers with similar names
  • Minimizes the time you spend filling out forms when submitting research or applying for grants
  • Is required by many major journal publishers and funders

Once registered, you can import the papers from your Web of Science ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID,  and Google Scholar and many other sources. 


Create an ORCiD at

Please complete your profile with your Education, Employment, funding and works (publications) details.  If you haven’t done this already, logon to ORCID ( with your credentials to complete the profile.

I registered for my ORCID iD. . . now what?

It takes about 30 seconds to register for your ORCID iD. Then what? Take a few minutes to add information that is important to distinguish you and improve the functionality of the ORCID search and link wizards, namely any of your name variations, multiple email addresses, and organizational affiliations. Then, take a few more minutes and use our wizards to import information on your existing works and link to other identifiers. Finally, to make the most of your ORCID iD, use it! Read on to learn more about managing your ORCID record.

Adding works to the profile

There are several tools in ORCID that allow automatic importing of records relating to your research output from linked databases. 
To use the search and link functions, choose Search and Link from the 'Add Works' dropdown menu. 


You will be offered a choice of databases to link to. Choose the one that is most appropriate for your subject area and type of output. 

Tips for importing papers from ResearcherID (Web of Science), SCOPUS,CrossRef, DataCite etc.:

  1. Login to your ORCID record.
  2. Under Works section 
  3. Click on "+Add works" and then "Search & link".
  4. Select  the database from which you need to harvest
    • Eg: SCOPUS , ResearcherID, DataCite, CrossRef etc.
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to send your papers to ORCID.

You can also search for and add papers manually:

  1. Login to your ORCID record. 
  2. Under Works section 
  3. Click "+Add works" under the Works section of your profile.
  4. Enter information manually to add papers to your profile.


How to use ORCID to see how much your research is used

Several external tools can display metrics information for all items in your ORCID works list:

  • - Europe PMC automatically creates an author profile for you with citations tracking and charts based on information in your ORCID record. Simply search Europe PMC with your ORCID ID and your author profile will come up as the first result.
  • - Sign up for the free trial, add your ORCID and Impact Story will give you citation and usage information for publications listed in your ORCID profile. When new items are added to your ORCID profile they will be automatically added to your Impact Story profile on a weekly basis.

What is ORCID?

6 Ways to make ORCID work for you

We recommend following these six easy steps to building an authoritative ORCID record - while hardly lifting a (digital) finger!

  1. Affiliation verified by your institution. Use your ORCID iD whenever you’re prompted to do so in a system that you trust - your institution’s research information management system, a manuscript submission or grant application system, for example. The best ORCID integrations will ask you to sign in to your ORCID account to verify your iD. At the same time, many of them will prompt you to authorize them to access your record. Say yes! They will then be able to add information to your ORCID record and keep it updated on your behalf. This means that, for example, your institution can add your affiliation information - including start date - and edit it if you move departments or leave the organization. Your institution will appear as the source of that information. You can choose to revoke their access via your ORCID Account Settings at any time if you need to.

  2. Automatic updates to your record as you publish. Authorize Crossref and/or DataCite - the main DOI providers for research publications - to automatically update your record whenever you publish a journal article or dataset. Crossref will ask your permission to after your paper has been accepted - look out for an email from them and, when prompted, sign in to your ORCID account and authorize them to update your record. You can activate DataCite’s auto-update feature yourself, independently of the publication process. Simply set up a DataCite profile and enable the ORCID Auto-Update functionality. After that, your ORCID record will automatically update every time one of your works is published. Crossref or DataCite will appear as the source of the information. Often your record will be updated before the article even publishes!

  3. Connect to your existing works. Use the ORCID Search & Link tools. Eleven of our member organizations so far have created these tools, which enable you to quickly and easily connect your works to your record. You can import information from some of the biggest databases, like Crossref Metadata Search, ResearcherID, and ScopusID; from discipline specific databases like Europe PubMed Central and the MLA International Bibliography; and country and/or language-specific databases such as Airiti, KoreaMed, and Redalyc. Select the Search & Link option under Add Works in the Works section of your ORCID record, choose the database you want to connect with, and grant permission for it to access and update your ORCID record. You’ll be presented with a list of publications that match the information in your record, and you simply claim the ones that are yours. They will immediately appear in your ORCID record, with the relevant database showing as the source.

  4. Connect to your existing grants. Use the UberResearch Search & Link tool. This works in much the same way as the Search & Link tools for works, enabling you to quickly and easily connect your grants and awards to your record. Click on the Search & Link option in the Funding section of your record, select UberWizard for ORCID, authorize access to your record and claim your grants in the same way as you do your works. The source will be shown as UberResearch.

  5. Connect your existing profiles to your ORCID record. Do you already have a ResearcherID or ScopusID profile? What about Kudos, Loop, Mendeley, or Publons? These and other researcher systems have enabled you to connect information from them to your ORCID record. Each works slightly differently, but in all cases you’ll be offered the option to link your iD to your profile and asked to grant permission to update your ORCID record. No need to rekey the same data! You may find that the same works get added to your ORCID record multiple times; if so, we will automatically group them by identifier. If there is no identifier you can opt to group them manually if you wish.

  6. Connect your ORCID iD with your institutional sign in credentials. Save yourself time and decrease the risk of inadvertently losing access to your ORCID account by linking your iD to your institutional sign in. You may also connect to your Facebook and/or Google accounts. This means one less password to remember and also ensures you have more than one way to access your ORCID account. Learn more here.

Reference: ORCiD blog