Use of ORCiD's is becoming increasingly prevalent and, indeed, required by funding bodies and publishers.

What is an ORCiD?

Essentially, ORCiD is a project attempting to allocate a unique ID for every researcher in the world for the purposes of ensuring everyone’s outputs are accurately attributed. The abbreviation stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCiD aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers to differentiate between researchers with similar names, and helps ensure that publications are attributed and recorded correctly. ORCiD provides researchers with a unique identifier that can be kept throughout your career. 

Some funding bodies (such as Wellcome) are starting to require the lead PI has an ORCiD before confirming funding and RCUK are currently piloting a project to identify RCUK funded research and PhD's via ORCiD numbers. An increasing number of publishers are also requiring authors to quote an ORCiD before accepting articles for publishing and it looks likely it could be a requirement for submissions to REF2021, so in the near future it seems it will be a necessity to generate your own ID.

Generating your own ORCiD

PURE can accept an ORCiD to your profile but cannot generate the unique reference for you, you must go to http://orcid.org/ to create your unique ID.

Generating your new ID is very quick and free.


Once you have your ID allocated you have the opportunity to add some details about yourself for your public profile on the ORCID database, it’s not imperative you do this but it will obviously do you no harm in the long run if you add some details at the outset. The easiest way to add publication data to your profile currently is by choosing to do so via Scopus when you are presented with the option. However, from November 2017 it will be possible to update your ORCiD profile with outputs from your PURE profile by just clicking a button, lessening the admin burden of managing the ORCiD profile – more details when this feature is added. 

The site is easy to use, quick and intuitive and the basics can be completed in 2-3 mins, even adding the majority of your publications via the Scopus links only takes 5-10 mins.

There is also a Vimeo channel giving helpful video snapshots of ORCiD - start with this one, What is ORCiD?