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Elevating your Online Profile as a Researcher

This guide is designed to highlight the various tools and services which you can use to be more visible as a researcher in the online environment.


With growing amounts of Open Access research available, your work could easily get confused with that of someone else. ORCiD is here to help! 

What is ORCiD?

(Original Researcher Contributor ID) is a unique numerical persistent identifier (PID) that aims to disambiguate researchers and their research outputs and aims to link your professional activities across a range of systems. Registering for an ORCiD and ensuring that it stays up to date has numerous benefits and is encouraged by funders, publishers, and the University to increase online visibility of researchers, and to facilitate collaboration. ORCiD is an important component of the Open Research landscape. At the end of 2020, ORCiD announced that the number of registered researchers had hit the 10 million mark. Today, there are over 11 million individuals with an ORCiD. Please see examples: 

The UK Research Councils announced in late 2015 that they will be capturing ORCiD iDs in their Joint Electronic Submission System (JeS). JeS is the on-line electronic system used by research organisations to submit applications to the seven Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC). Collecting ORCID iDs means that UKRI will be able to receive data from the ORCiD registry that will identify articles published that arise from RCUK funding. This should cut down the reporting burden on researchers. UKRI will also be able to track the careers and publication histories of RCUK-funded researchers.

What are the pros and cons?

 Use your ORCiD profile as your online CV and your outputs can be recorded as you publish. It can be easily integrated into databases and online systems such as the University repository, UDORA. This significantly increases your online presence and discoverability. To connect your ORCiD to UDORA, simply follow the instructions inside the box (example below). Once connected, UDORA will harvest records from your ORCiD into the repository. If the repository is updated, this will also push information out to the ORCiD registry. This is a two way process of keeping UDORA and your ORCiD up to date! 


  Easily display your existing outputs and successful research grants on your ORCiD profile. You can import publication records from some of the biggest literature databases using the Search and Link feature. Funders can also track your publications resulting from their funding. 

  If you change your name, or your institution, your ORCiD and all its content remains and same and goes with you.

  How your ORCiD is used is completely under your control. The settings allow you to make your profile content public or private. The full benefits of ORCiD are only available to a profile that is public.

  Showcase all of your research. ORCiD provides the ability to find all publications associated with a single author, including research that hasn’t been published.

  Some people, either by accident or on purpose, can end up with multiple ORCiDs - causing confusion! There have been cases where fake journal articles have been published anonymously, with authors using ORCiDs to mask their identity.

Registering for an ORCID is straightforward; simply go to Once you have an ORCiD you can use it in any system relating to scholarly activities. Don't forget to include your ORCiD on UDORA!