Impact Challenge 2

Your second challenge is to Get an ORCID

ORCID IDs 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. Through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, your ORCID supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.



  • Go 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.


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:
  • 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 the left-hand menu 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 already have. 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 LinkedIn link, and so on. Click “Save changes” when you’re done.


Import your publications by connecting other scholarly identifiers

ORCID can handle nearly any type of scholarly output you create.

Are you a traditional scientist, who writes only papers and the occasional book chapter? ORCID can track ‘em.

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 can import your works using 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.


Add 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.
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Updated Oct 23, 2018 by hcoates