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Getting Started with ORCID: Home

This guide helps users get acquainted with ORCID, the free persistent digital identifier designed to help researchers distinguish themselves.

What is ORCID?

Why use ORCID?

  1. It’s a clean, easy-to-use interface that connects researchers with their published work, publishers, and funders.
  2. It helps clear up confusion by distinguishing between researchers with the same names.
  3. It’s a timesaver – researchers can enter their information just once and re-use it.
  4. Researchers control what info they want to share and who to share it to.
  5. The organizations researchers already interact with see the value of ORCID and are increasingly integrating it. (In fact, some granting organizations now require it, since it makes it easier to determine who they should give funding to.)  Many publishers now require ORCIDs as part of manuscript submission.
  6. It raises researchers’ profiles – people with ORCID iDs get noticed.
  7. It’s free!

How to register

  • Go to https://orcid.org. Under the For Researchers tab, click Register for an ORCID iD.

  • Enter your name, e-mail address, and a password of your choice in the appropriate fields, and determine, in general, who you think should see your ORCID record. (You can always change this general setting or define more specific settings after you create the account.)

  • Next, determine how frequently you want e-mail from ORCID, affirm you are not a robot by completing the CAPTCHA, and agree to the ORCID terms of service. Click Register.

  • You will receive a verification e-mail, sent to whichever address you put in the field when you registered. Click the link ORCID supplies in the e-mail to verify your account.

Adding information

Now you’re ready to start adding information to your ORCID page!

There are six fields in ORCID where you can build a summary of your professional experience.

Education

Enter your education history here. Your higher education record will suffice.

Employment

Where do you work? Where have you worked? Add your professional history in this field.

Invited positions and distinctions

Add your honorary affiliations (visiting professor, guest researcher, fellow, etc.) and awards in this field.

Membership and service

Describe your organizational membership and your service roles (volunteership, elected positions) here.

Funding

ORCID has a feature that automatically searches Uberwizard for your grant history and links it up to your account. You can also add your funding history manually.

Works

Cite publications you’ve authored or co-authored here. ORCID’s “search and link” tool allows you to search a dozen ORCID member organizations for publications you’ve authored. If you prefer, you can also import a BibTeX file, or simply enter your publication history manually.

Publisher permissions and auto-updates

You may choose to grant ORCID-affiliated organizations you trust permission to automatically update your information.

For instance, if you publish an article in a journal that belongs to an ORCID-affiliated repository, they can tie their own entry for that article to your ORCID iD, and it will appear on your profile without you having to add it yourself.

The publisher can also add your ORCID iD to the byline of the article itself, giving your readers a convenient way to see your other scholarly accomplishments.

How is ORCID being used at UBC?

UBC does not currently have a campus-wide policy on ORCID use.   Faculty and students are, however, strongly encouraged to establish and use ORCID for the reasons above.  UBC Library also offers regular workshops on ORCID.

UBC is currently a member of the ORCID.ca consortium, which is working at a national level to coordinate ORCID adoption by higher education, granting agencies, the health sector, and others. 

Leonora Crema is Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian at UBC Library and serves as UBC's campus liaison to ORCID.ca.  Specific requests for support from ORCID.ca should be coordinated through the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office.

UBC ORCID.ca Contact

Leonora Crema

UBC Scholarly Communications & Copyright Librarian

Walter C. Koerner Library - Room 219L 
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

tel: 604-822-8473
email: leonora.crema@ubc.ca

 

Need more information?

If you'd like a workshop or consultation on ORCID, please contact UBC Library's Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office.