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Research Identity: ORCID

A guide to the benefits of managing your identify as an author and researcher and preferred methods of doing this.

What is ORCID?

ORCID, short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, provides a persistent digital identifier that helps researchers and scholars to distinguish their research activities from those of others with similar names. 

Find out more information about ORCID here.


Having an ORCID gives you the following benefits:

  • Accurate author identification
  • Online user profile
  • Publication list
  • User privacy controls
  • Well supported by many publishers: some publishers are passing ORCID iDs through the entire publication process

Additionally, ORCID is an open, non-profit and community-driven effort. Its registry offers an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current researcher ID schemes.

We recommend every researcher at University of Tasmania has an ORCID and maintains it as their priority identifier.


ORCID has the following limitations:

  • No citation metrics available
  • Generally does not recognise dupliacte publication records well at the moment

Other IDs

ORCID integrates with ResearcherID.

You can exchange data between ORCID and ResearcherID, including your profile information and your publication list.

ORCID integrates with Scopus Author ID.

You can import publications asociated with your Scopus Author ID.

Who needs an ORCID?

All researchers at the University of Tasmania, including staff and HDR candidates, are expected to create and maintain an ORCID account.  

Once you've created yours, please 

How to get the most from your ORCID

To get benefits from your ORCID and to make it useful for others, we recommend the following:

1. Add the following criteria, as a minimum (see brief guide, below):

  • Name
  • Other names
  • Education &/or Employment (to show affiliation with Unviersity of Tasmania)
  • Works ie your research outputs (see Tips, for how to add publications from WARP)
  • Keywords

2. Keep it up-to-date

  • use database alerts to prompt you to add your new publications
  • reflect your current affiliations

3. Use it!  Include your ORCID identifier:

  • on your conference poster - create a QR code
  • on your webpage
  • when you submit publications
  • when you apply for grants
  • and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work


Check out the ORCID blog for all ORCID news and latest developments.

How do I get started with ORCID?

Here are instructions on how to:

Research Services Librarians are available to guide you through the steps to create and maintain your ORCID - get in touch if you'd like some help!

Tips for working with ORCID

Here are a few extra ways to add publications to your ORCID profile:

This blog post outlines ways to get the most of your unique ORCID.

If you have an idea of how you think ORCID could improve their services you can post it on the ORCID ideas forum and track the development status. 

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