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ORCID for researchers

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ORCID is short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. It is an international standard to help researchers to establish and maintain their scholarly identity. It aims to solve common issues such as

  • not getting credit for your research because your name is common or because you have published using a different version of your name
  • struggling to find a central place to keep track of all your research outputs 
  • having to spend time entering the same information over and over in publisher and grant submission systems

Register for your ORCiD at https://orcid.org/register  

What is ORCID?

Unique, persistent identifier for researchers

Non-profit organisation supporting links between systems.

ORCID is an open, community-driven organisation

It is discipline-neutral and not tied to any particular platform or publisher

Benefits to you

Improves discoverability

Connects your work

Eliminates name ambiguity

Stays with you throughout your career

Reduces time spent on repetitive data entry by pulling information from other sources

Where to use an ORCID iD

Manuscript submission

Grant applications (Wellcome Trust, Royal Society and more are already using ORCID)

Professional society memberships

Linked to your other profiles

Display on your CV, web profiles and more

ORCiD and REF 2021

In July 2018, Research England published its Draft Guidance on Submissions and Panel Criteria for REF2021. This guidance stresses the importance for all academic staff to obtain and record an ORCiD.

An ORCiD is an explicit requirement for all staff submitted to REF from within Medicine, Life Sciences (including Chemistry), Psychology and related areas, and for researchers named in impact case studies. All ORCiDs registered for Sussex staff will be included within the REF submission. The University of Sussex therefore strongly encourages all academic staff and doctoral researchers to register for ORCiD. This should then be recorded on their profile within Sussex Direct by going to the ‘Research’ tab.

Maintaining your research identity and streamlining systems

This seminar explored how new identifiers for researchers can help you to attach your identity to research objects (from articles to media stories) and distinguish your research activities from those of others with similar names.  Researchers interact with an increasing number of research information systems as part of their work and entering data over and over again can be time-consuming. Find out how services such as ORCiD can save time and effort as you apply for funding, find and cite content and submit and publish a manuscript.

Speaker: Josh Brown - Regional Director, Europe - ORCiD

Audio recording. Slides