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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 4.2 million ORCID iDs. Many publishers and research funders now require an ORCID iD as part of their submission and application processes. HEFCE have "strongly encouraged" researchers to register for an ORCID iD in preparation for REF 2021 and have given notice that ORCID iDs will be a requirement in future exercises.

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.

If you have an ORCID iD already, we recommend linking it to your USIR account. This will enable you to push information about your publications from USIR to your ORCID profile (see our guide to importing and exporting between USIR and ORCID), and will provide an authenticated link between your ORCID account and the University. Just sign in to USIR, click 'Connect to ORCID' and follow the instructions. 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. If you need support or would like to know more about how to make the most of ORCID, please contact library-research@salford.ac.uk.

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How USIR and ORCID integrate