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.
Getting set up with ORCID and USIR
If you have an ORCID iD already, we recommend linking it to your USIR account. If you do not have an ORCID iD, you can create one via USIR. To create or connect your ORCID, 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.
Connecting your USIR and ORCID profiles will enable you to push information about your publications between both accounts (see our guide to importing and exporting between USIR and ORCID), and will provide an authenticated link between your ORCID account and the University.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
How USIR and ORCID integrate
ORCID is a really useful tool for researchers, universities, publishers and funders. We’d like researchers at the University of Salford to connect their ORCID iDs to their USIR profiles, to authenticate their affiliation and also benefit from being able to easily transfer data between systems, meaning less time spent manually entering data.
The University of Salford collects your ORCID iD through USIR, the institutional repository, so that your affiliation can be authenticated. When you click the 'Authorize' button, we will ask you to share your iD using an authenticated process: either by registering for an ORCID iD or, if you already have one, to sign in to your ORCID account. We do this to ensure that you are correctly identified and securely connecting your ORCID iD.
To acknowledge that you have used your ORCID iD and that it has been authenticated, we display the ORCID iD icon alongside your name in USIR. This will appear in search results and in individual item records.
By sharing your ORCID iD with the University of Salford and giving us permission to read and update your ORCID record, you enable us to help you keep your record up-to-date with trusted information. For example, we can update your record with publication information from USIR.
Share your research information and keep it up-to-date - with your permission, we will synchronize information between USIR and your ORCID record on a regular basis.