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Library Research Support & Services: ORCiD

Distinguish Yourself

Improve the discoverability of your work; eliminate name ambiguity; ensure attribution; minimise the manual burden of updating profiles.  Use your ID when submitting work for publication or applying for research funding to ensure you get credit for your work.  PGRs: Add your ID to Pearl when deposting your finished thesis.
Your ORCiD ID can be used throughout your research career, regardless of affiliation.  

How to set up ORCiD and link to university systems:

ORCiD account creation for Academics, Research Staff and PGRs


Create an ORCiD ID via Symplectic Elements (How do I do this?)

Watch this 1 min video to see how to connect ORCiD with Elements:

Your ORCiD ID can mean improved discoverability and attribution of your work by eliminating name ambiguity (e.g. search for your ID in Web of Science for a clean list of publications to generate an H-index).
ORCiD links into external systems ensuring funders can recognise your past works irrespective of changes to names or affiliations.
ORCiD profiles reduce the manual burden for authors by autoupdating when new papers are published. ORCiD can also populate other profiles it has links with e.g. Symplectic Elements. 
Setting up ORCiD takes 30 seconds (it integrates with single sign on) and populating with past works can be quickly added via ORCiD's wizard tools.
When submitting manuscripts to publishers; or submitting grant applications to funders; or using tools such VV Impact Tracker, Figshare or Researchfish.  e.g. entering your ORCiD ID into tools such as VV Impact Tracker will autopopulate these systems with your publications and details.
NIHR and Wellcome now mandate use of an ORCiD ID. RCUK strongly encourage funded authors to have an ORCiD ID and have now integrated ORCiD into their Je-S grants system [see press release].
HEFCE, recognising ORCiD as the definitive author identifier, have also asked the sector to consider whether ORCiD should be mandatory for the next REF as part of the Stern Review consultation.  
No, in fact, ORCiD should update itself and any other systems linked with it reducing the manual burden for authors - this will be possible once its interoperability reaches a critical mass. At present, your ORCiD ID can autopopulate with new publications if you allow a connection with CrossRef which can then update other systems, e.g. Symplectic Elements.
Many funding agencies and publishers support ORCiD as it enables them to track and correctly identify outputs from their awarded grants to the researcher: 
See for example: RCUK / Wellcome / NIHR / Royal Society / Wiley
Please add your identifier to Symplectic Elements (see guidance).  This will enable the university to attach your ORCiD to any relevant data returns to Research Councils or HEFCE and ensure all your work is credited. 
We also encourage you to add your Plymouth email address to your ORCiD profile.  This way, you can save time when logging into ORCiD and use Single Sign on instead i.e. 'log in with your institution'.    

ORCiD IDs use email addresses so if you are not sure whether you have an ORCiD ID, try registering and it will check against the email addresses in its system.  It will prompt you to sign in/request a password reset if it recognises an email address.  

If you register a second time with a different email address, ORCiD will assume you are a different person.  If you find you do end up with two accounts, ORCiD can merge these and ensure redirects are in place for the non-active account.  Please also let us know if you think this affects you.

ORCiD can store more than one email address against a profile - useful when moving institutions.

ORCiD stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID.  It was established in 2010 as an international, not for profit, community endeavour.  Their website gives more details on their founding principles and privacy policies:

ORCiD at Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has an expectation that all research active staff and all doctoral research students who do not already have one, will create an ORCiD account & connect it to Symplectic Elements.  This statement is supported by DVC Research & Enterprise, Jerry Roberts.

Having an ORCiD profile improves author attribution for research, and is now an expectation of many research funders and publishers, requested and used within some grant application processes and manuscript submission workflows. It is likely to be mandated for the next REF, and is supported by several online services, including Research Fish, Scopus, Web of Science, VV Impact Tracker and Symplectic Elements - where having an up-to-date ORCiD profile can make the claiming of publications easier.