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ORCID provides a persistent identifier that ensures you have a unique identity as a researcher. It follows a researcher throughout their career, from student to researcher, moving from one employer to another, adapting to changes of name, and even incorporating author names and publishing in different languages and alphabets. A researcher only needs to create one ID in their lifetime.
As well as providing a persistent identifier to a researcher, ORCID will also help to distinguish authors who have similar or identical names, authors who publish under different combinations of their family and given names, and authors whose names are frequently misspelled, or where there are many spellings. Examples could include:
Authors with names that are similar or whose name can be mis-spelled “Mohammed”, “Muhammad”, "Mohammud”, "Macdonald", "McDonald"
Authors who publish with one name, but are known by another, such as Prof John A Steel, and Prof Iain A Steel
Authors who publish in different languages or alphabets, for example, Chinese or English. Names can be included in different alphabets and be available for searching.
Funder and Publishers Requirements
ORCID will now be a required standard for more and more funders and publishers at the time of submitting proposals and manuscripts, and it will soon be added to doctoral theses when they are lodged with the British Library (or equivalent)
Setting Up Your Profile
First, you will have to use an email address and a password. This can be changed as many times as you need throughout your research life, so the ORCID id can stay with you throughout your career.
Click on the pencil icon to edit.
Use your name, add aliases, “also known as” names, “published as” names, in Roman script or any other alphabet. These can be changed as many times as you need throughout your research life.
Link your ORCID profile to any professional or personal web pages as you choose. We would always recommend that when you are working at RGU you link to your RGU personal web page.
All of the items on your profile marked with a people/key/padlock button can be set to different levels of privacy. However we recommend that you make as much of your profile as public as possible in order to raise your profile.
You only have to add your key education qualifications, not primary or secondary school!
Also remember to use Robert Gordon University, not THE Robert Gordon University.
Adding Research Funding
Funding items can be added manually, or using the UBER funding wizard. At the moment, the funding wizard only picks up RCUK grants, Wellcome Trust, and those from the states, but European grants and others will follow shortly.
If this is the first time you have used one of these search tools in ORCID, you will be asked to give it “Trusted Organisation” status.
It is perfectly safe and advisable to do this, because any subsequent publications on which you quote an ORCID id, will be automatically updated to your record by this tool, provided it is one of the types of publication which is harvested by this tool.
Many publishers now ask for an ORCID ID when you submit your manuscript. You will see a screen similar to the screenshot below. Registering your ORCID with the publisher means that there is correct attribution, and the publication will automatically update to your ORCID in due course.