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Research Impact Challenge: Challenge 1: Avoid Mistaken Identity - Create your Unique Scholar Identifier using ORCID


Challenge One
Avoid Mistaken Identity:
Create your Unique Scholar Identifier using ORCID

There is a lot of potential for mistaken identity in online and in scholarly publishing. You might share a name with other, similarly named researchers, 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? Luckily, some smart people have been working to make name disambiguation easy. ORCIDs 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.

In this Challenge, we'll work through how to register for your unique ORCID identifier.

This session will be lead by Sheryl Adam, Librarian, Humanities & Social Sciences Division.


Research Impact Challenge Bank

The Research Impact Challenges Bank is a set of simple online activities to help you learn and apply concepts about building your online academic profile, connecting with other researchers, keeping informed of research, discoverability and access to resources, and research metrics & analysis.

 Step 1   Select a Challenge

 Step 2   Complete a Challenge

 Step 3   Share Your Response


To complete the Create your Unique Scholar Identifier Using ORCID challenge and other Unique Identifier challenges, go to the Research Challenge Bank.



This Challenge is adapted under a CC-BY 4.0 license from the The 30-Day Impact Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Raising the Profile of Your Research eBook published by and authored by Stacy Konkiel.

The original challenge is Impact Challenge Day 17: Claim your ORCID identifier.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

What is ORCID?

Basic Challenge

In this Challenge, we'll work through how to register for your unique ORCID identifier.

Step 1. Claim your ORCID in under 30 seconds

Log on to and sign up for an ORCID account.

At this step in the process, you’ll add very basic information like your name and email address, choose a default level of privacy for your profile, accept ORCID’s terms of use, and click “Register”.

If your name is already in the ORCID system, you’ll then be prompted to claim an existing profile or make a new one.

Congrats! You now have an ORCID identifier. And now you’re on your way to having an ORCID profile, too.


The homework for this Challenge is to:

Enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn).

Step 2. Fill out your ORCID profile

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:

Links to LinkedIn, your website, and your other profiles on the web

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 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.

Import your publications by connecting other scholarly identifiers

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 them.

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.

Not a scientist at all, but an art professor? You'll soon be able to  import your works into ORCID, as well, using ISNI2ORCID … you get the idea.

ORCID will even start importing information about your service to your discipline soon!

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, 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.

Step 3. Complete your publication record

It’s possible that not all of your publications and other works will have imported. You can add them in three ways:
1. Manually by clicking the “Add Work Manually” button under your Works section and adding the publications one-by-one.
2. Importing works from your Mendeley profile using the Mendeley2ORCID service. Just login with your ORCID ID in the top-right corner of the screen, approve a sync with Mendeley, and your works will be imported to ORCID.
3. Batch import your works using the new BibTeX import button. You can export your works from Mendeley, EndNote, and many other reference management services in BibTeX format, then click the “Link BibTeX” button under the Works section of your profile, upload your BibTeX file, and you’re done!

If any duplicate records were imported with the Mendeley sync or BibTeX import, you can delete them by clicking the trashcan icon next to the duplicate work’s title.

Step 4. Connect ORCID to the rest of your online life

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!