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Research Support: ORCID

What is ORCID?

ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent identifier for researchers. Your personal ORCID iD distinguishes you from other researchers, globally. It's free to register and lets you link all your research publications and other output to your identifier, to help maximise the impact of your research. In future, it will be possible to send publications metadata added in Discovery to ORCID and other systems without the need for you to re-enter information. 

Why should I have an ORCID ID?

Reasons to have an ORCID ID

  1. Distinguish yourself: ensure that all your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you
  2. Take your records with you: your ORCID ID belongs to you and stays with you throughout your career, making it easier to transfer details of your outputs between systems and employers wherever you go, saving you time and effort.
  3. Quickly becoming an international standard: from August 2015, an ORCID is mandatory when applying for research grants from the Wellcome Trust; integration with RCUK's Researchfish system is ongoing, and ORCIDs have been recommended as mandatory for the next REF exercise.
  4. Open to all, non-profit and community-driven: ORCID is a non-proprietry service maintained for the benefit of researchers in all disciplines and at all career stages.
  5. Recognised by PURE: helping university systems to synchronize information.
  6. Quick and easy: it takes as little as 30 seconds to register.

Creating an ORCID ID in PURE

Creating and storing your ORCID ID within PURE means that your ID will be linked to your PURE profile and associated with your research outputs and activities.

Plans are in place to display your ID in Discovery, and to associate it with publications as they appear. 

As an increasing number of universities, research funders and publishers adopt ORCID, having your ID within PURE will maximise the opportunity for system integrations in the future.

Step 1: In PURE

  1. Log into PURE.
  2. From your Personal overview, click on the Edit profile button
  3. In the new window, click on the Create ORCID button
  4. A box will open displaying the name and email address that will be used to create the ID. Click on Create.
  5. There may be a short delay while PURE communicates with ORCID: please wait at this point. An ORCID should automatically be generated within PURE.

    If you already have an ORCID ID, you will see an error message - "Error: User with this email already exists." See the section on Adding your ORCID ID to PURE for further information.
  6. Remember to click on the blue Save button at the bottom of the screen. If you don't your ID will not be stored in PURE.

Step 2: In your email

  1. An email will be sent to the address used when creating your ID. Open this email and click on the link provided.
  2. On the ORCID website, create a password for your ORCID account and set your privacy and notification preferences.
  3. Click on Claim to complete the process.
  4. You will be prompted by ORCID to add further profile information.
    It is up to you how much personal information you choose to add into ORCID - you can get the benefits of an ORCID iD without entering any further information at all.
    It is recommended that you enter details about your institutional affiliation (this helps other researchers who may be searching for you on ORCID). A second email address can also help you access your ORCID record if you move institution.
For more information and help with ORCID, contact the Discovery Team:

Exporting content from Pure to ORCiD

To set up the export of content to ORCiD, select 'Authorise export of content to ORCiD' from the Personal overview screen:

You are then directed to an information screen advising what content will be exported:

Upon selecting 'Proceed', you will be asked to register or sign in to ORCID. You will then be asked to authorize or deny permission for your data to be transferred from Pure to ORCID.

Following the authorization, you will be re-directed to your Person editor screen, where it will be confirmed that the authorization was successful and the content was exported. Remember to save the record!


Adding your ORCID ID to PURE

If you already have an ORCID ID, you can add it to your PURE record.

  1. Log into PURE
  2. From your Personal overview, click on the Edit profile button
  3. In the new window, click on the Add existing ORCID button
  4. Paste in your ORCID iD, and click the Check button to confirm that the iD is correct, then click on Apply to add the ID to your profile.

    If you don't have a record of your ORCID iD you can find it by searching the ORCID registry. If it is unclear which record is yours try signing in to ORCID
  5. Remember to click on the blue Save button at the bottom of the screen. If you don't, your ID will not be stored in PURE

For more information and help with ORCID, contact the Discovery Team:

Who are ORCID?

The ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor IDentifier) registry is managed by ORCID (Inc.), a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2010.

ORCID is dedicated to solving the name ambiguity problem by giving researchers and authors a single unique ID which works across the research landscape.

The work of ORCID is guided by an agreed set of principles.

ORCID operates internationally with its headquarters in Bethesda, USA.

More information on ORCID and its organisational structure is provided within their FAQs.

How private and secure is my information on ORCID?

Information kept by ORCID is protected by their privacy policy, which is designed to comply with US 'Safe Harbor' principles. The ORCID web services are also TRUSTe certified.

ORCID offer a range of privacy settings for you to choose from that can be applied to different parts of your record. These can be set within your account settings. Information set as 'private' is not shared with any third parties, including the University, unless you specifically delegate access.

Information about ORCID's commitment to information security is contained in their privacy policy.

Further information about how ORCID ensure the security of your data is available on their support pages.

Developing your ORCID profile

Personalising your account

Once created, you can add biographical, education and employment history to your ORCID record by logging in on the ORCID website. This blog post from the ORCID team also explains what to do next to add or update your profile information.

Link with other identifiers

You can link other identifiers to your ORCID account. Scopus Author ID and Researcher ID are both ORCID compliant. You can use your ORCID to import records from Scopus and Web of Science to populate your profile. This makes sure all your outputs are visible and discoverable via a single route and lets you easily import data from these into ORCID.

• Linking Scopus Author ID to ORCID
• Linking Researcher ID to ORCID

Publish your ORCID ID on your outputs

Make sure you include your ORCiD ID when submitting a grant application or publication, and on datasets, research blogs, presentations, business cards and personal websites. This will help records become visible to ORCiD and in time will make it easy to import varied types of works to your ORCID profile automatically. It will also help transfer works information between systems that ORCID is connected to. See guidance on how to display your ORCID identifier.

ORCID and Researchfish

You are now able to import your outputs from your ORCID profile into Researchfish, to then be able to attribute it to a grant.

  1. Log-in to your Researchfish account.
  2. Expand the ORCID tab and click the "Create or Connect your ORCID ID" link
  3. Sign-in to your ORCID account, or register for an account.

The two accounts are now linked. Outputs added to your ORCID profile will be available for selection in Resaerchfish. In addition, grants from your Researchfish profile are added to your ORCID record.

(The illustration given here is included by kind permission of the University of Sheffield).