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Introduction to Digital Identifiers Workshop

An interactive workshop that will introduce ORCID and SciENcv as part of a broader trend of emerging digital identifiers that occur in grant seeking as well as in your scholarship. Presented by OSP & L&IT

What to do

1. Add personal information:

When first developing your ORCID ID, you'll likely want to add identifying information that can help place you and put your work in context. Consider adding parts of your CV including relevant employment, and education, invited positions, and service. Unlike a personal professional website, there will be limited opportunities to add descriptions, so links to position descriptions, organizations, and the likes may be helpful if you choose.

screenshot of Eloise Stevens' ORCID ID public page

2. Import works or add them manually:

Under "Works," you can add your publications, performances, reviews, and other academic works in one of three ways. First, you can import citations from databases.

To begin, in the "Works" section, select "Add Works" and then "Search and Link." You will see a list of databases that allow import directly into ORCID. Depending on where you have published in the past, some of these options may be more helpful to you than others. Strong options include: 

1.) ResearcherID: Allows you to import citations from Web of Science

2.) Scopus to ORCID: Allows you to import citations where you've published with Elsevier

3.) MLA International Bibliography: Allows you to import from MLA International Bibliography

4.) CrossRef Metadata Search: Allows you to import from a registry of more than 70 million articles, conference proceedings, books, and book chapters that have received DOIs upon publication

Another good option is searching for your works by DOI or linking your ORCID ID to Crossref, and adding works via DOI there.

Some publications or forms of scholarship you will have to add manually. When first starting to fill out your ORCID ID, you may need to set aside extra time to review and add your work (with of course, the hope of saving you time long term)

3. Set up auto-update and plan when to review & revisit:

Consider setting up the auto-update feature through CrossRef, so that works with DOIs will automatically be updated and added to your record if you include your ORCID ID when publishing. 

Then consider how frequently you would like to review your profile and keep it up to date. This will differ for everyone and largely depend on the usefulness and need of your ORCID profile and ID. We recommend setting aside an hour or so once a year to update your profile as needed, and additional time to review and update before submitting any grants that require your ORCID ID.