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Open Researcher and Contributor ID

"ORCID provides one central place to record my outputs and grants, this information is then openly available to any other databases."

Prof Werner Muller, Bill Ford Chair in Cellular Immunology

Orcid logo‌An ORCID is a unique identifier which allows you to distinguish yourself from other researchers throughout your career. ORCIDs are free to create and enable authoritative links to be created between you and your research activities (e.g. research outputs, funding data, employment history). 

When you create a new ORCID account there are two key components:

  • A definitive record of your research activities which is available to other systems via the open ORCID registry
  • A personal profile page which is available via a unique URL

You can link your Pure and ORCID accounts so that your research outputs recorded in Pure automatically update your ORCID account too. By authorising the connection, Pure will also update your ORCID account with your employment affiliation, other personal identifiers (Scopus ID, Researcher ID), and your University research profile URL. Any updates in Pure will continue to automatically update your ORCID unless you revoke Pure permissions settings.

See the following guide to managing your ORCID in Pure: 

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Can an ORCID be created for me?

A core principle of ORCIDs is that researchers own their ORCID data. Consequently no external organisation can create, edit or maintain an ORCID account without the explicit permission of the researcher.    

How does an ORCID benefit me?

  • Claiming an ORCID makes it more likely that you are credited for your work. This is particularly true of researchers with very common names, or those who change their name during their career.  
  • Your ORCID account provides a single place to record all of your research works and grants. 
  • Having an ORCID makes it easier to report your work to funders, agencies and institutions.
  • A growing number of publishers and funders are integrating ORCIDs into their systems (e.g., all PIs require an ORCID for grant applications to the Wellcome Trust)  

How is this different from academic social networking sites such as ResearchGate, etc?

ORCID is not a social networking site. Having an ORCID does make it easier for you and your work to be found but is not intended to allow you to connect with other researchers via an online community.

The ultimate aim of ORCID is to create an open central registry of data that can eventually be used to improve the accuracy of other systems holding data about researchers, this includes academic social networking sites such as ResearchGate and

Is there a commercial interest behind this?

ORCID is a non-profit, community driven project, open to all researchers in any discipline and at any career stage; there is no commercial interest behind the ORCID project.

Does it cost anything?

No, the ORCID registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier, manage their record of activities, and search for others in the registry.

If I already have a Scopus ID, do I need an ORCID?

An ORCID can help track all activities such as funding, employment and education, and not just research outputs. It can also be linked to your Scopus ID.

How do ORCIDs benefit the institution?

A local store of staff ORCIDs could enable the institution to:

  • Improve grant submission processes
  • Generate more accurate records of research activities 
  • Transfer research-related data between internal and external systems more efficiently and accurately
  • Receive automatic updates when new research outputs are added to any staff member's ORCID account
  • Reduce the overall administrative burden on academic staff

Can I remove Pure as a trusted organisation in my ORCID account?

Yes, you can stop the PURE/ORCID synchronisation by removing Pure as a trusted organisation from within your ORCID account. You can do this by clicking the dustbin icon against the Pure entry in your list of trusted organisations.

How long does it take for new records in Pure to appear in my ORCID account?

The feed between Pure and ORCID runs every night so any changes in Pure will be reflected in ORCID within 24 hours. You can however run the export manually at any time from within Pure by clicking 'Export' next to your ORCID in the 'Edit profile' section of your account. 

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