What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher, improves connectivity between the systems you use (e.g. publisher submission systems, grant application systems) and ensures you get credit for your work. Think of it as a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for people.

ORCID is a not-for-profit organisation, supported by research funders, universities and publishers across the world. There are currently over 12 million ORCID iDs. Many publishers and research funders now require an ORCID iD as part of their submission and application processes and it is likely to be a future REF requirement.

As well as providing your unique 16 digit identifier, ORCID also has a profile feature. You can populate information about your research activities and create an online CV that stays with you for your entire career. You can also link your ORCID iD up with services like Crossref, Scopus, DataCite and many more so that information about your publications can be automatically added to your profile.

Worktribe and ORCID

If you have an ORCID iD already, we recommend linking it to your Worktribe profile. If you do not have an ORCID iD, you can create one via Worktribe. To create or connect your ORCID, sign in to Worktribe, click 'Register or Connect your ORCID iD' and follow the instructions.

Connecting your Worktribe and ORCID profiles will enable you to push information about your publications between both accounts and will provide an authenticated link between your ORCID account and the University.  It’s really easy and should only take a few minutes – see our step-by-step guide if you’re having problems.

Once you have created and connected your ORCID we recommend you take some time to build your ORCID profile. We have created a short guide to getting started, and more detailed instructions are available on the ORCID website. We run regular ORCID training sessions or you can contact library-research@salford.ac.uk for support.

A quick tour of the ORCID record