ORCID iD is a unique persistent identifier which enables your publications and other scholarly output from multiple sources to be linked with profiles across various platforms. ORCID is integrated into many systems used by publishers, funders, institutions and other research-related services around the world
Your ORCID iD:
• Distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you.
• Reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations.
• Reduces form-filling: you enter data once, have it reused often
• Improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs
• Is interoperable: it works with many institutions, funders and publishers
• Is persistent: you can use it throughout your research career
Once you have an ORCID iD it is important to link it to other databases such as Scopus, Web of Science and PubMed and to services such as Crossref.You can then import your publications from these sources into your ORCID profile.
On the MyORCID screen scroll down to 'Works' and under 'Add works' you will find an option for Search. The process then depends on the source you choose, but it will take you through the steps necessary for you to give permission for sharing data and importing publications.
Two particularly important sources are:
• Scopus - it provides data for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
• CrossRef - it will automatically update your ORCID Profile
Include your ORCID Identifier when you submit publications, apply for grants and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.
It is particularly important to submit the ORCID iD to publishers as it should then be recorded alongside your name on the publication. This will allow you to be identifiable from other authors of the same name and, in the case of the Scopus database, ensure that it is attached to the correct author profile. Note: You need to link to the Scopus database to ensure this will happen.
Filling out a short biography, education, employment and funding details on your profile allows you to use it as a permanent online Curriculum Vitae as well as giving a full picture of your career. Add in keywords to describe your research as well as links to websites which promote and archive your work - for example the RCSI profile pages, the RCSI repository and academic networks such as ResearchGate.
To further increase your visibility as a researcher , make sure to include your ORCID iD on profile webpages, academic networks, LinkedIn and social media.