Distinguish yourself with ORCID

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ORCID is fast becoming an international standard, with over 1.5 million IDs already claimed. It is increasingly being requested by research publishers and funders. ORCID is open to all researchers, in any discipline and at any career stage.

  • What is ORCID? An ORCID ID is a unique identifier that can be used to ensure that your work is easily distinguished from that of other researchers. Your ORCID ID belongs to you and stays with you throughout your career, wherever in the world you work.
  • Why ORCID? As a researcher, it's important for you to establish a unique professional identity. Your name is central to your profile, but it's not enough to reliably distinguish you and ensure that you get the credit for your work. This is especially the case when information about you and your research is shared electronically between systems. You may think that your name is unique enough in your area of research for others to easily find you. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Problems are not uncommon when trying to identify authors, with different languages, typos, spelling conventions etc. Just because you don't have a namesake at the moment doesn't rule out one appearing in the future.
  • How does ORCID work? Provide your ID with manuscript submissions and grant applications. This enables information to be easily shared between system, increasing accuracy and reducing the need to enter the same information multiple times. For example, entering your ORCID ID into myPublications will allow outputs to be claimed automatically for you. The more individuals, institutions, and services that adopt ORCID, the more effective it will become.
  • What is an ORCID profile? When someone clicks on your ORCID ID they are taken to your profile page. This can be configured to show your outputs, grants and professional history. It promotes discoverability of your research activities and enables others to easily find you. 
  • What about my privacy? Your ORCID profile is managed by you. You determine the privacy settings and what information is shared, including with the University. Guidance is available on the ORCID website.
  • Is ORCID commercial? No. ORCID is a community-driven not-for-profit initiative. It exists solely for the benefit of researchers.
  • How to get an ORCID iD? It takes just 30 seconds to claim your ORCID ID, and then perhaps a few more minutes to set up your profile and link it to myPublications.
How to claim your ORCID ID

Step 1: Claim your ORCID ID

ORCID IDIt takes just a few minutes to claim your ORCID ID.

  • Go to http://orcid.org/register and sign-up for an ORCID account.
  • Complete the short registration form (all of the information can later be updated), accept ORCID's terms of use and click Register. If your name is already in the ORCID system, then you'll then be prompted to claim an existing profile or make a new one. Detailed instructions are available on the ORCID website.
  • You'll receive a confirmation email. It's important that you click on the link contained in the email to verify your profile.

Congratulations, you have now claimed your ORCID ID! Your 16-digit ID will be displayed in the left column under your name. You can now build your profile and link it to myPublications.

Step 2: Build your ORCID profile

Next, you can complete an ORCID profile so that others can see who you are, and also learn more about you. It's up to you how much personal information to add. Although you can get the benefits of an ORCID ID without having a profile, we recommended that you at least enter your institutional affiliation to help other researchers who may be searching for you. If you wish to use ORCID to promote your professional profile, you should add details of your publications, data sets, conference presentations, and grants.

Guidance and support is available on the ORCID website

Step 3: Link ORCID to myPublications

Outputs can be automatically added to your ORCID profile and kept up-to-date by using one of the linked services. Outputs added in this way can also be automatically imported into myPublications.

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.


  1. 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 Researchfish. In addition, grants from your Researchfish profile are added to your ORCID record.

How to get the most out of ORCID

To get the most out of having an ORCID ID, follow these tips:

  1. Increasing numbers of publishers and funders are supporting ORCID. Be sure to provide your ORCID ID whenever the option is available. This will increase the visibility and the discoverability of your work.
  2. Configure your ORCID profile to automatically keep your list of outputs and grants up-to-date directly by the publishers and funders. We particularly recommend that you configure the Scopus, CrossRef and DataCite sources.
  3. Configure your ORCID profile to automatically harvest outputs (works) and grants directly from the publishers and funders. We particularly recommend that you configure the Scopus, CrossRef and DataCite sources.
  4. Link your ORICD account to myPublications, so that any new outputs are automatically claimed. 
  5. Once you have an ORCID ID, be sure to let everyone know about it. Include it in your e-mail signature, business cards, staff profile page, and in any other place where people might want to find out more about you and your research. Use full URL so that people know it is an ORCID iD and can easily navigate to your account page, e.g. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4240-5455.

Learn about ORCID by watching this short video:

If you have any problems with using ORCID then please contact researchiq@sheffield.ac.uk.