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ORCID

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages

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You can find more information about ORCID on the organization's website.

For help with ORCID and questions about the UCLA implementation, contact oa@library.ucla.edu.

What Is ORCID?

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ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. It is a sixteen-digit permanent digital identifier that disambiguates authors with the same or similar names. It allows linking publications and other contributions to a single person, avoiding confusion caused by similar or identical names, arbitrary use of middle initials, changes to names when people get married, and change of workplace. The database of identifiers is maintained by a not-for-profit international organization, ORCID.org. It a universal identifier, personal to you, and not tied to any institution or database.

As part of the campus-wide Opus development, all UCLA academic staff are encouraged to link ORCIDs to University IDs (UIDs). The Library is assisting the Opus project team by providing this linkage (see below).

Why Get an ORCID?

The long term goal is that you will never have to sift through a long list of irrelevant publications again due to names that are similar to yours because all author searches will use your unique ORCID iD, not a name, or multiple versions of names you might have used. Author searches using ORCID's will be much more precise than traditional name based searches.

Preparing your dossier will become much easier because it will not matter if you have sometimes dropped your middle initial from your publications or if you have changed your name. Your identifier will be on all your research outputs. UCLA will soon transition to Opus, an electronic system that will facilitate a paperless tenure review and promotion workflow. Linking ORCID to your University ID will make it easier for systems like the UC Publication Management System to build lists of all your publications. You can read more about the UC Publication Management System here

How to Link Your ORCID to Your UCLA University ID

Go to the UCLA Library's ORCID link app and log in with your UCLA logon. Click on the "Create or Connect your ORCID ID" button. Note that at the top of the form there will be a box “Allow this permission until I revoke it”— do not unselect it. You will have an option to register for an ORCID if you do not have one or to connect an existing ORCID to your UID.

Don't have an ORCID?

If you are registering for a new ORCID, after you submit the form, you will receive a verification email from orcid.org. Follow the link within the email to verify the registered address. Your new ORCID and your UID will be linked.

Already have an ORCID?

You can link your ORCID to your University ID yourself. Click on the “Sign in” link. Log into your ORCID account using either your ORCID or your e-mail and your password and then click on “Authorize”. Your ORCID will automatically be linked to your UCLA University ID, and a thank-you message will be displayed.

Not sure if you already have an ORCID or can't remember how to login?

You can test whether you have registered for ORCID previously. Click on the "Sign in” link. Clicking on “Forgotten password?” will generate a search box allowing you to test email addresses (one at a time) that you have used since 2010, the year ORCID was established. If one of the email addresses has been used, you will get a message with a link to sign in. Then, login according to the instructions above.

Make sure your ORCID record is public

Information marked as Public or Everyone can be viewed by anyone who comes to the ORCID.org website or accessed by anyone using the ORCID public API, which is what we will use at UCLA for Opus. Data marked as public will also be included in the public data file posted annually by ORCID. Your record needs to be public in order to link it to your University ID.

How to Use an ORCID

Use your ORCID when submitting grants, publications, datasets, and any other scholarly output. As of January 2016, some publishers are already requiring ORCID iDs, see ORCID's integration chart for the latest.

Display your ORCID as an author ID on software, databases, websites, and social networks.

Add your ORCID to your email signature and your business card.