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Library Research Support & Services: Online Identifiers for Author Attribution

Create an accessible online presence for your research outputs which goes hand in hand with increased visibility of your Open Access works.  Identifiers connect publications, authors, institution & funders to minimise manual update and auto-populate profiles, saving authors time.

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.  

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

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.

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:

How to manage IDs

Once registered you will see this screen.  Simply use the auto "Add some now" options to auto populate your ORCiD profile:

Add your past publications:

[Other research tools offer import options e.g. MLA, PubMed, although these connections are not as seamless as Scopus/ResearcherID.]

Google Scholar, Symplectic Elements and Endnote connections:

[We recommend using these options to add any remaining works not found via the automated wizards in ORCiD]

BibTeX files can be uploaded to ORCiD.  Google Scholar, Elements and Endnote can generate BiBTeX files e.g.:

  • Google Scholar:
    Sign into your Google Scholar profile > select all > export:

  • Symplectic Elements:
    Log into Elements
    Go to your Publications via 'Menu' > 'Publications'

    • Either: Tick/select any publications not already picked up by a Scopus connection > 'Export'

    • Or: If you have no publications indexed in Scopus and more than 10 publications listed in Elements, change the view to display up to 100 publications at a time
      Click 'Select all on page' > 'Export'

  • For Endnote, export as a txt-file then follow the import options in ORCiD as below

  • Uploading saved BibTeX files into ORCiD:

Sign into ORCiD > Works > add works > 'import BibTex' > 'choose file'

Any remaining records not captured via these tools can be added manually.

Adding your Scopus ID to Symplectic Elements with 1 click!

If your work has been previously harvested by Elements from Scopus (or, if you have connected ORCiD with Elements and ORCiD is also connected with Scopus), Elements will already have your ID waiting for you to claim with one click.

  1. Simply log into Elements and click 'Add Scopus ID' on the home page - your Scopus ID is now connected!

Adding your Scopus ID to Symplectic Elements if Elements has not already found it

  1. First ensure you have connected your ORCiD ID with your Elements account (how do I do this

  2. Authorise a connection between ORCiD and Scopus to add your past works to Scopus (how do I do this) first ensuring that any duplicate Scopus IDs are consolidated

  3. Simply log into Elements and click 'Add Scopus ID' on the home page - your Scopus ID is now connected!

​What does this look like?

After clicking 'Add Scopus IDs' on your Elements home page your ID will automatically appear in the 'Menu' > 'Automatic Claiming' page:


What is my Scopus Author Identifier?

Authors with works indexed in Scopus are automatically assigned a Scopus Author Identifier.  This is generated via an algorithm so it is possible you may have more than one Scopus ID e.g. if you have been affiliated with multiple institutions.  

What if I have more than one ID?

Authors can ask Scopus to merge any duplicate profiles to ensure all papers authored by you (indexed in Scopus) are captured under the same profile ensuring improved attribution and better citation tracking. This can be done within Scopus itself when searching for your name or via ORCiD when connecting Scopus to your ORCiD ID or via Elements.  

If you see more than one ID showing in Elements click the ID links to check they are yours before accepting.  You can also request to merge IDs at this point and emails from Scopus will follow to confirm this:

See this short ID merging video:

Why will adding my Scopus ID to Elements save time?

Adding your Scopus ID to Elements ensures your published works indexed by Scopus automatically feed into Elements joining up the ORCiD/Elements/Scopus triangle to ensure a cleaner data flow.  If a Scopus ID is not added, Elements will continue to search Scopus for your works via a name search and add records it thinks are yours into 'Pending'.  Some of these records might not belong to you requiring you to check and delete from 'Pending'.  

Adding your Scopus ID ensures any records from Scopus are claimed automatically, cutting out the 'Pending' stage and reducing the manual burden for authors. 

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.