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 Introduction to ORCID (Video)

The Value of Using Unique Identifiers for Researchers - ORCID Infographic

  • ORCID - what, where, why and how?

    What is it?

    An ORCID identifier or ORCID iD is a 16-character identifier that can be used to clearly identify you and not another researcher by a similar name - as the author/owner of an academic output or activity.

    Where does it fit in the Vitae Research Development Framework?

    Personal Effectiveness (RDF B3) Professional & Career Development.

    Why should you do it?

    It is unlikely that your name is unique, you may wish to change your name at some time, and you may have publications that use different variants of your name first name and initials.

    This means that citations to your papers could get lost and you could be credited with citations from the wrong papers. By tying your publications and research outputs to your ORCID iD, they become more discoverable.

    By signing up for an ORCID identifier, you have one identifier that will belong only to you and that you can keep throughout your academic career, regardless of the institution at which you work.

    How do you do it?

    It is very easy to sign up for an ORCID iD. Read about ORCID or go straight to:

    • Register for your ORCID Identifier (it only takes a minute)
    • Add information about you - employment, education - and import your articles, books, grants, datasets and more
    • Use your ORCID iD for your deposits in Insight, on your webpage and in your research and scholarly activities
  • Useful links and support

    Useful guides and resources:

    Who can help?

    Anna Lupton

    Research Infrastructure Librarian | Information Services

    T: 01539 430274. Ext: 5274 | E:

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