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A guide to the unique Researcher & Contributor ID - ORCID

DCU is an ORCID member

What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit organisation set up by research stakeholders for the benefit of research stakeholders. These stakeholders include Research performing organisations, funders, publishers, and of course, individual researchers. You can read more about the organisation and its mission statement here…

ORCID provides a system of unique, open, digital identifiers used to identify individual researchers regardless of name variations or commonality.

An ORCID is free to register, and remains yours, independent of your employer, funder etc. Because of this, your (one and only!) ORCID remains with you throughout your research career. 

Benefits for researchers

  • Use ORCID to link and update your profiles in multiple bibliographic data sources.
  • Ensure you have a fully comprehensive picture of your research outputs that truly reflects your work and is yours to keep.
  • Disambiguate yourself from others sharing your name.
  • Keep diacritics (fadas, accents etc) in your name properly recorded.
  • Maximise your visibility through a verified & unique researcher web record.


See ORCID's guide for researchers.

You can register for an ORCID here...

Please ensure you have only one ORCID, your ORCID is persistent and will stay with you for your research career regardless of job/empoyer changes etc.

Also, register using your DCU email address and provide an alternative email, or register using a personal email. This way you will be able to retrieve your password should you forget it after changing employer, ensuring the work you have done to grow your ORCID profile is not wasted.

Once registered, you should provide some professional personal information, such as current affiliation, relevant past education qualifications, and any name variants you have been (or may be) published under.

This information is needed as a once off and helps to give your profile credibility as an active and affiliated researcher.

Finally, you can set the default visibility for your ORCID profile here. Obviously, in the majority of cases the preferred setting here will be "Everyone" since you will want the professional information and your publication record to be as visible as possible.

Import publications from Scopus

  1. On the 'Works' tab in ORCID, hover over 'Add works' and click on 'Search & Link'...
  2. Scroll down the list to click on 'Scopus - Elsevier'. You will need to authorize ORCID to access your publication record on Scopus.
  3. You will then be offered to review your Scopus record, correct it if necessary and then select the full publication record for import into ORCID.

Import publications from Web of Science (Researcher ID, now Publons)

1. Repeat step 1 from above.
2. Scroll down the list to click on 'Researcher ID'. You will need to sign in to Publons (or create a Publons account if you don't already have one).
3. On the ‘Permissions Settings’ page, click "Link your ORCID" and follow the steps to link your ORCID account to Publons.
4. Once ORCID profile is linked, navigate back to permissions settings page and select ‘Grant Publons permission to update 5. Click on "Export Publications to ORCID now".

Import your publications from Pubmed Central

1. Repeat step 1 from above.
2. Scroll down the list to click on 'Europe Pubmed Central'.
3. You will need to authorize Europe Pubmed Central to access and update your ORCID account.
4. Pubmed will list all candidate publications for name, please choose all your publications from the list and click on 'Continue'.
5. Review the list and click on 'Send to ORCID'.

Import your publications from Google Scholar

1. From within your Google Scholar profile page select all publications for import into ORCID by selecting the box beside each publication and clicking 'Export' -> 'BibTeX'.

2. Your publication metadata will appear in the browser window. Right click and choose 'Save as', give your new file a name and location (default location is 'downloads').
3. From within your ORCID profile 'Works' section hover over 'Add works' and click 'Import BibTeX'. Locate your exported file from Scholar (default location is 'downloads') and select.
4. Choose to 'Save' or 'Ignore' each listed publication, or choose to 'Save All'.

Now that your ORCID is registered, filled with personal professional details, and containing a complete list of your publications, it is important to keep this record up to date with as little fuss and manual intervention on your part as possible.  You can achieve this by including your ORCID ID (and that of your co-authors if you are the corresponding author) in the publication workflow of your publisher when submitting manuscripts for publication.

This ensures all correct author details are included with the manuscript, avoiding ambiguation errors where diacritics, nicknames, and/or common names are used. Further, when the final publication appears, bibliographic and indexing services (e.g. Scopus) can clearly attribute new publications to your already existing publication record.

Finally, these publishers and bibliographic systems can then update your ORCID record (remember you gave them permission earlier!) on your behalf, ensuring your ORCID record remains the most comprehensive and authoratative picture of you as a researcher.

Some of the big publishers already requiring ORCID IDs as part of the manuscript submission in the publcation workflows include...


The full list of publishers requiring ORCID IDs as part of the publication workflow is available here

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