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ORCID & Author IDs: Using ORCID

Registration

Registration for an ORCID ID takes less than 30 seconds!
 
  • Go to https://orcid.org/register
  • Fill in the required fields
  • Choose the privacy setting you want to have (you can change them later too)
  • Decide if you want notifications on News
  • Accept Terms of Use (you might want to read them)
You will be provided with a 16-digit number, expressed as a URI, - this is your ORCID ID.

Manage your account

Under Account Settings you can do all the usual editing: change email, change password, change personal information.

Researcher privacy is a fundamental principle of ORCID: "Researchers control the defined privacy settings of their own ORCID record data." ORCID provides you with three settings: Public, Limited or Private

Public

Information marked as "Public" can be viewed by anyone who comes to the ORCID.org website or consumed by anyone using the ORCID public API. Data marked as public will also be included in the public data file posted annually by ORCID.

Limited

Information marked as "Limited" can be seen by any Trusted Parties that you have authorised to connect to your ORCID Record. These connections require explicit action on your part. You will be asked if you would like to make a specific connection, and once you have confirmed, the Trusted Party will be able to see information that you have marked as limited-access. You can also give permission to Trusted Parties to update your ORCID record. You can revoke this permission any time.

Trusted Party:

"A core ORCID principle is that you control the privacy settings of your ORCID record and with whom you share information.  For this purpose, ORCID allows you to select Trusted Parties from your ORCID Record. ... Only ORCID member organisations may serve as Trusted Parties, meaning they have agreed to the ORCID privacy policies and member terms."

Private

Information marked as "Private" can only be seen by you. It is also used by ORCID algorithms to help distinguish your identity from another person who may have a similar name, be it in a similar field, or may be confused with you for other reasons. This information is not shared with others.

Credits

The material on this page is licensed with a CC-BY License 2.0 from  UCD ORCID.

Enter Your Works

Once you have created your ORCID account you can add your works to your profile.
 
This can be:
  • Publications (journal articles, books, reports, dissertation, newspaper article, website, working paper etc.)
  • Conference materials (paper, abstract, poster)
  • Intellectual property (patents, licenses, registered copyrights)
  • Other materials (datasets, speeches, technical standards, artistic performances etc.)
  • Publications, datasets, and other materials can be imported by using multiple ORCID import wizards. By using your name or existing IDs your publications will be pulled in from the respective databases. You will have to check if the publication is really yours and discard the ones that do not belong to you.
Other works that are not available in databases can be added manually.
 
Depending on the number of works you have published/created this process can take some time.
 
ORCID import wizards are available for:
  • CrossRef Metadata Search (journal articles, conference proceedings and monographs)
  • Europe PubMed Central (all of PubMed, 500K records from Agricola that cannot be found in PubMed, 4 million Patents and 2.6 million full text articles shared with PMC in the USA)
  • ISNI2ORCID (ISNI records)
  • ResearcherID (publications connected to the Thomson Reuters identifier)
  • Scopus (publications connected to the Scopus identifier)

Enter education and employment history

You can also add information about your education and employment history to your profile.

Different privacy settings can be applied to individual entries.

Provide personal information

In order to say more about yourself you may add some personal and professional information. This is not a requirement, but it can help to raise your visibility.
  • Names: Add different variants of your name so that all of your work can be found
  • Biographical information: such as education and employment history
  • Professional affiliation: This helps anyone searching for your name to know it's you
  • Keywords: these describe your research interests
  • Websites: add links to other systems that you use, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, ResearcherID, blog, personal or institution website
  • Email: you can provide alternative email addresses

You can choose different privacy settings for all entries individually.

Enter Grants

ORCID also enables you to add awarded grants to your profile by using the ÜberWizard for ORCID.

The continuously-updated ÜberResearch grant data include grants from funding organizations worldwide such as the NIH and NSF in the United States, the UK Research Councils and Wellcome Trust in the UK, the Austrian Research Council, and over fifty others.

It is also possible to add grant data manually to your ORCID record.