What is it?
ORCID is a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars.
An ORCID iD is a simple, free, unique identifier that allows you to tie all your research together and distinguish yourself from other researchers in your field. Having an ORCID iD allows you to disambiguate, track and share work with one simple URL.
Even if you haven’t had any papers published yet, it is never too early to claim your unique ORCID iD. You can use your ORCID to record your scholarly work by uploading posters, or your dissertation as the starting point to build your page upon.
An example ORCID iD and page: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097.
What is it for?
Your unique ORCID iD will belong to you throughout your scholarly career as a persistent identifier to distinguish you from other researchers and ensure consistent, reliable attribution of your work, as well as making sharing a breeze.
Once you have created an account and claimed your ORCID iD, you can use it for a number of purposes:
- collate existing research in one location
- submit to journals
- apply for grants
- professional society membership
- link with other identifiers & profiles
- display on your CV
- share on your web page or social media
Why should I get an ORCID iD?
Increasing numbers of funding organisations such as the Wellcome Trust, publishers such as Nature and Springer, RCUK, and other professional bodies are now utilising ORCID iDs. The aim is to reduce the burdens of grant submission, and ease the pressure of having to repeatedly enter the same information into various systems. Publishers are using it as part of a publication’s metadata, therefore making your work attributable to you and only you.
ORCID at the University of Kent
Information Services (in conjunction with Research Services) is advocating for the use of ORCID in conjunction with JISC and ARMA. Fields have been added to the Kent Academic Repository, KRIMSON and the new eThesis submission system, and work is in progress to add to these.
Look out for our pop-up stand in the library, and our materials when you are out and about!
Help and support
More information: http://www.kent.ac.uk/library/research/orcid
Sign up now: http://orcid.org
Get help using ORCID: http://orcid.org/help