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.
Having an ORCID will:
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.
To create an ORCID profile, go to the registration page, select "Register", then "Create your ORCID iD".
What does an ORCID identifier look like?
- ORCID identifiers are a 16 digit number in four blocks of four digits. They are expressed as a URL that links to your proflie e.g. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2414-3298.
What makes ORCID different from other researcher identifiers and profiles?
- ORCID is being adopted worldwide by researchers, publishers, funding organisations and universities. ORCID provides the 'plumbing' that connects all of your researcher identifiers and profiles.
How can I find out if I already have an ORCID?
- Search for your name in the ORCID Registry.
Will JCU create an ORCID for me?
- No, you need to register and create your own ORCID profile. To get started, go to https://orcid.org/register.
What information should I include in my ORCID profile?
- It is recommended that you include information that identifies you and your research, and your significant research achievements e.g.:
- the variations of your name that you have used as an author e.g. initials and full name
- your country
- keywords that describe your research
- a biography statement
- your Education and/or Employment at James Cook University
- websites that profile your research
- social media tools that you use to communicate your research
- your JCU email address
- research funding
- research works (e.g. publications, datasets, intellectual property, performances).
How do I load copies of my publications to my ORCID profile?
- ORCID only lists a record of your publications. You cannot load copies of your publications to your ORCID profile. Use your ORCID profile to link to your other profiles that do host your publications.
Does ORCID track citations for my publications?
- No, ORCID does not track citations and your ORCID profile will not include citation counts. The value of ORCID is that it links to other profiles that do track citations.
How do I add my ORCID ID to my email signature?
- To add your ORCID to your email signature, follow the instructions under the heading "Create a signature and include a return address hyperlink". If you would also like to include the ORCID icon, download the icon from the ORCID website and paste it into your signature following these instructions.
- For each field, you can control 'Who can see this?' by selecting 'everyone', 'trusted parties' or 'only me'. Ideally, you will make all information in your profile publicly available i.e. select 'everyone' but there might be times when you want to restrict a field e.g. you have only loaded preliminary information.
- See How does ORCID handle privacy? for more information.
- You own your ORCID profile. It will travel with you to your next institution. Make sure you update your email address in your profile settings.
Where can I find more information about ORCID?
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