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Researcher Profiles, Identifiers and Engagement

This guide provides information about how to create, use and promote your online research presence.

What is ORCID?

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ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID.

ORCID is an international, not-for-profit organisation which provides an open, international, community-driven, interdisciplinary, central registry of unique and persistent identifiers for individual researchers.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. The JCU ORCiD Linker allows you to integrate key JCU research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission with your ORCID profile. This process supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognised.

Why do I need an ORCID?

Having an ORCID will:

  • Distinguish your research activities and outputs from other researchers with similar names.
  • Track your research activities and outputs, even if you have changed your name or use variations of your name.
  • Present all your research activities and outputs, including publications, grants and datasets, in one place.
  • Connect to the global research community, making your research outputs more discoverable.
  • Minimise repetitive data entry and reporting - ORCID enables data to be easily transferred between systems.
  • Enable more accurate tracking of your citations and other recognition of your research.

Who is using ORCID?

ORCID can automatically harvest information about your research. With your permission, information can be loaded to your ORCID profile or used in other reporting systems. This means less manual reporting - saving you time.

If ORCID is not being used, consider contacting the editor or publisher to ask about plans for ORCID implementation.

Journal, conference and other publishers ask for your ORCID when you submit a manuscript. If your ORCID is not requested, think twice about submitting to that publisher or attending the conference.

Indexing databases e.g. Scopus, Web of Science and Crossref are using ORCID to correctly assign your publications and citations.

Funding bodies are using ORCID to help streamline research administration and reporting for the funding body. This will reduce the burden of grant submission for applicants and their institution. See e.g.:

Universities are using ORCID for institutional reporting. ORCID will assist with processes such as Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). Implementation at JCU is in progress.

Professional associations and societies can request ORCID on membership forms and then track the research activities of their members.

How do I get an ORCID?

To create an ORCID profile, go to the registration page, enter your details and follow the prompts under "Register for an ORCID ID". The files below present step-by-step screenshots with more information.

You can also link works to your ORCID record from another system e.g. the ANDS National Collections Registry.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does an ORCID identifier look like?

What makes ORCID different from other researcher identifiers and profiles?

How can I find out if I already have an ORCID?

Will JCU create an ORCID for me?

What information should I include in my ORCID profile?

How do I load copies of my publications to my ORCID profile?

Does ORCID track citations for my publications?

How do I add my ORCID ID to my email signature?

What about privacy?

What happens if I leave JCU?

Where can I find more information about ORCID?

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