Getting started: ORCID identifiers for researchers


It is becoming increasingly important for researchers to have an ORCID iD. The Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council are requesting ORCID iDs during grant submission. Many publishers are also collecting ORCID iDs during the submission process for their journals.

ORCID is the global identifier for researchers that distinguishes you from other researchers and ensures consistent, reliable attribution of your work. Your ORCID iD will belong to you throughout your scholarly career, and is particularly helpful if you have a common name, have changed your name or have published under different versions of your name.

Did you know that more than 500 Griffith researchers already have an ORCID iD? Don’t be left behind! Follow these steps to get your free ORCID iD:

1. Claim your free ORCID iD
It only takes thirty seconds to register for your ORCID iD

2. Add all the names you’ve published under
For ORCID to automatically discover your work, you need to add all the names you have published under. This includes abbreviations, middle initials, different surnames, and non-Latin character sets. You can do this by clicking on the edit icon next to “Also Known As” in the box on the left-hand side of the screen.

You can also add keywords, location, and links to your research profile page at Griffith (recommended) or other professional and personal pages like ResearchGate, and LinkedIn.

3. Verify your email address
To add and verify your Griffith address as your primary email:

  • Click Account Settings at the top of the screen. You’ll be directed to a page with options for managing your contact preferences, privacy preferences, and more.
  • Click Email and contact preferences
  • Click My email address(es)

4. Automatically import your research outputs using Search and Link
Click Add Works on your main account page and select the Search and Link option. You will be presented with a range of tools for importing works, which vary in coverage by work type, region, and discipline. These tools pull in your works automatically, link your ORCID to other common identifiers, and add your ORCID iD to your existing works in large databases like Scopus and Web of Science.

All Griffith researchers will benefit from enabling the following three Search and Link options:

  • ResearcherID (Web of Science)
  • Scopus to ORCID (Scopus)
  • CrossRef Metadata Search

When you click on one of the Search and Link options, you will be asked to authorise access to your ORCID record. After clicking authorise, the wizard kicks off a search using your Name and Other Name information, which may take a few seconds. You will then see a list of works that match the search criteria.

Scroll through the list, select your works and follow the instructions to add them to your ORCID record. When you return to the main page, you will see your works displayed, along with a hyperlink to the source document.

The Search and Link method should find most recent publications. Other options are available but we recommend trying the Search and Link method first to save time and effort.

5. Add Biography, Education and Employment (optional)
From your main record, you can add a biography and details about your education and employment.

6. Start using your ORCID iD
You’re done! You can now use your ORCID iD when you apply for grants and submit publications. Consider displaying your ORCID iD in your CV or resume, web page, email signature, business cards and anywhere else you have a public profile.

For more information, talk to your Discipline Librarian or see the ORCID website.

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