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ORCiD: Creating Your Profile

Portions of this guide have been adapted from Texas Woman's University, with permission.

Your ORCiD ID

Jo Bloggs ORCiD ID with red ellipse drawn around the URL

Your ORCiD iD is a web address that includes a 16-digit identification number.  Don't forget to preface the iD number string with "orcid.org/" when you use it.

Creating Your Profile

After your register for your ORCiD and verify your email address, you can begin building your profile.

In your profile you can include websites, biographical information and other names you're known by.

The main parts of your ORCiD profile are:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Funding
  • Works

The works section is key to connecting your name to all your research outputs and professional activities.

Creating Your Profile Video

This short video overviews how to register for an ORCiD and how to add works to your profile.

Add Works

Synch with Your Other Profiles

 Your ORCiD profile can automatically collect some of your research outcomes by connecting with other researcher profiling systems. If you have works in Web of Science, set up a ResearcherID to sync with your ORCiD profile. You can also send publications included in ScopusCrossRefDataCite and MLA International Bibliography to your ORCiD profile by following the directions on this page.  

What Works can I Add to my ORCiD Profile?

You can add any research output or professional activity to your ORCiD profile, including:

  • Journal article
  • Presentation
  • Data set
  • Book or Book section
  • Book Review
  • Encyclopedia entry
  • Newspaper article
  • Research tool
  • Website
  • Supervised student project
  • Working paper
  • Conference poster, paper or abstract
  • Lecture/speech
  • Patent
  • Invention
  • Standards and policy
  • Technical standard
  • Artistic performance
  • "Other"

Adding a Work

You can add works to your ORCiD profile through:

  • Search & Link
  • Importing BibTeX
  • Adding manually

To the left you can see the form to add works manually. You'll need to select a work category and type, provide the title and publication information, citation, and identifier information. 

Top Tip: DOIs

A DOI is a digital object identifier

Many journals and some repositories, including JMU Scholarly Commons, can provide you with a DOI for your articles, datasets, and posters. If your work has a DOI, be sure to include it under "work identifiers" in the Work citation section.

The DOI is important in that it provides a persistent, computer-smart identifier for your work and will give you a stronger ImpactStory profile