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What is ORCID and how it helps in managing your research activities throughout your career?

What is ORCID

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars. It helps to promote the discoverability of publications across multiple platforms and establishes a unique presence for researchers regardless of name variants or affiliation history.

An ORCID iD is a 16-digit unique number that connects you and your research activities throughout your career.

Below is an example:

Benefits of ORCID

  • A unique and persistent 16-digit number to eliminate name ambiguity

    (i.e. one author may have multiple name variants when publishing papers; or many authors may share the same name, especially Asian names) 

  • It records your works, employment details, awards, research grants, etc. throughout your entire career
  • It can be linked up to and used by publishers, databases, organizations, etc., so it minimizes the time you spend filling out forms when submitting research or applying for grants

  • It helps people discover you and your works and in turn raises research visibility

Good Practices for Managing Researcher Profiles

A well-managed researcher profile helps increase the visibility of an author's works. However, with so many different author profiling tools, authors become confused about how these systems work and whether they should create a profile on each platform. To help our authors fully utilize these tools, the Library has worked out some good practices that you can follow in managing your author profiles.

A recommended workflow to manage author profiles:

  Clean up Scopus Author profile
  Register ORCID via Library
  Add publications from Scopus to ORCID
  Register ResearcherID
  Add publications from ORCID to ResearcherID
  Check duplicates in ORCID & Manually add works that are not indexed in Scopus or Web of Science


To view workflow details:

❶ Start with cleaning up your Scopus Author profiles. This is because you may have incorrect or multiple profiles in Scopus. A Scopus profile is automatically created once you have a paper published in Scopus. With different name variants or affiliations, you may have multiple IDs/profiles in Scopus which split your works. This also affects the citation information such as total citation counts of your works and your h-index.

  • Click here to know how to merge your author profiles or request author detail corrections in Scopus

 Once you have a unique author ID in Scopus, register an ORCID account and link it with Scopus. By integrating Scopus with ORCID, you will have all your publications in Scopus added to your ORCID profile. Researchers will be able to identify (search) your works in Scopus using either your ORCID or Scopus Author ID.

  • Click here to know how to register an ORCID account, or
    Click here if you have already had an ORCID and wish to connect it to PolyU
  • Click here to learn how to integrate Scopus with ORCID

❺ Now you have your ORCID populated with publications in Scopus. Register a ResearcherID account as well, if Web of Science is a commonly used database in your research community. Then, instead of adding publications one by one to your ResearcherID, you can choose to push your works from ORCID to ResearcherID since you already had publications in ORCID. Publications indexed in Web of Science will be automatically linked to the article page in Web of Science from your ResearcherID profile. 

  • Click here to know how to register a ResearcherID
  • Click here to know how to send works from ORCID to ResearcherID

❻ A final step is to check if there are any duplicate records in ORCID. If you have any works not indexed by Scopus or Web of Science, you can manually add them to your ORCID profile.

  • Click here to know how to manually add works to ORCID

Keep the above practices on a regular basis. First, make sure that your new publications in Scopus are correctly attributed to you and then update ORCID and ResearcherID profiles accordingly.

Contact us if you need any assistance.