There’s a lot of potential for confusion and mistaken identities in scholarly publishing. You might share a name with other, similarly named researchers–for example, there are more than 1200 “J Wang”s in nanoscience alone! 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?
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.
First things first: logon to ORCID.org/register and sign up for an ORCID account.
Congratulations! You now have an ORCID identifier. And now you’re on your way to having an ORCID profile, too.
Next, you’ll fill out your ORCID profile so that others can verify who you are, and also learn more about you. Here’s what to add:
First, add links to your Google Scholar and LinkedIn profiles, your personal website, and any other websites where you’ve got a scholarly profile.
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 LinkedIn, Google Scholar, and other professional profiles you’ve created so far as a part of this challenge. Also add a link to your website. Describe each link adequately enough so your profile’s viewers know if they’re going to click a Google Scholar link vs. a ResearchGate link, and so on. Click “Save changes” when you’re done.
Any type of scholarly output you create, ORCID can handle. Are you a traditional scientist, who writes only papers and the occasional book chapter? ORCID can track ‘em. Are you instead a cutting-edge computational biologist who releases datasets and figures for your thesis, as they are created? ORCID can track that, too. ORCID will even import information about your service to your discipline using Publons.
To connect to other identifiers and indices, from your main profile page, scroll down to the “Works” section and click the “Link Works” button. Then you’ll be prompted to connect to the services of your choice.
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 or ResearcherID from Web of Science, a link will appear in your left-hand menu bar.
Complete your personal information
Finally, 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.
It’s possible that not all of your publications and other works will have imported. You can add them in these ways:
If any duplicate records were imported, you can delete them by clicking the trashcan icon next to the duplicate work’s title.
You can connect your ORCID account with websites including Web of Science, Figshare, and Impactstory, among many others. Once they’re connected, you can easily push information back and forth between services–meaning that a complete ORCID record will allow you to automatically import the same information to multiple places, rather than having to enter the same information over and over again on different websites. And new services are connecting to ORCID every day, sharing information across an increasing number of platforms–repositories, funding agencies, and more!
ORCID is still a relatively basic service. You cannot edit incorrect entries, automatically detect and remove duplicates, or export your profile information in BibTeX, JSON-LD, or other researcher-friendly formats.
ORCID also has gaps in its coverage. It doesn’t find all of your publications, all of the time, and connectable third-party services like Scopus don’t always, either. That means you might have to manually add some works and information to your profile, same as you do for ResearchGate, Google Scholar, and all other scholarly profiles.
Get an ORCID identifier, if you don't already have one, and complete your profile.
If you've already set up an ORCID profile, try connecting your ORCID to Scopus and ResearcherID or other websites.