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ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent identifier for researchers. Your personal ORCID ID distinguishes you from other researchers, globally. It's free to register and lets you link all your research publications and other output to your ORCID, to help maximise the impact of your research.

Once connected, BRAD, the University's research information database, will automatically discover metadata for your research outputs using ORCID's connections to data sources. In future, it will be possible to send publications metadata added in BRAD to ORCID and other systems without the need for you to re-enter information. 

How do I register for an ORCID ID or link my ID to BRAD?

Our Distinguish yourself with ORCID guide (PDF) explains ORCID's benefits, how to sign up and populate your record, or follow the instructions below.

Staff should register via BRAD, Brunel's internal research publications database, following the instructions below. Doing so will also link your BRAD account to ORCID allowing BRAD to use it as a data source to import publication records. Student researchers can register for an ORCID identifier on the ORCID website.

  1. Log in to BRAD and under 'my actions' you will see a prompt to add your ORCID ID. 
  2. Click on 'Add ORCID' which will take you through to the ORCID website.
  3. Click Register now and enter your details on the form, accepting the terms and conditions. 
  4. Choose Authorize to connect your ORCID account to BRAD. 

If you already have an ORCID ID, after step 2, sign in with your ORCID credentials to configure your account in BRAD, then follow step 4.

You can view your 16-digit ORCID number at any time in the top left corner of your BRAD homepage or find it on the ORCID website.

Why do I need an ORCID ID?

To get full credit for your research Your ORCID identifier is permanently linked only to you and disambiguates you from other researchers with the same or similar names, globally. Name variations can generate confusion, misattribution and multiple entries in research analytics databases like Thomson Reuters InCites® and Scopus® which may mean that your research and therefore impact is dispersed across multiple entries.

You will benefit from having an ORCID ID if any of the following apply to you:

  • you have an identical or similar name to another researcher anywhere in the world
  • you are known by or publish under multiple names or variations of your name
  • you have changed your name, e.g. after marriage
  • you have international characters in your name
  • you publish in languages other than English.

Showcase your outputs to funders, collaborators and peers Research analytics are used to assess grant applications, identify the best people or institutions to collaborate with, for performance benchmarking, or to assess suitability for employment or promotion. 

Keep track of your work If you publish prolifically, work on projects where you are not the principal investigator, where Brunel is not the lead institution, or publish with a large number of authors, an ORCID ID can help you keep track of outputs you have contributed to. 

Take your records with you and save time In a global research environment, an ORCID ID is a non-proprietary way of making sure you have a complete record of your outputs wherever you work. ORCID facilitates interoperability between research information systems, making it easier to transfer records from one to another. This reduces the need to enter the same information in multiple systems, saving time and effort.

Making the most of your ORCID ID

Personalise your record Once created, you should take some time to add a bio, education and employment history to your ORCID record by logging in on the ORCID website. This ORCID blog post also explains what to do next to add or update your profile information. We recommend that you keep your ORCID profile and email address up to date as funders, employers and collaborators may review your profile and linked works.

Add your works Log in to your account on the ORCID website, and from your ORCID record add works by choosing the search and link option to select and link appropriate data sources. These will locate and import metadata for your publications. You will need to accept those which are yours to add them to your profile. Once connected, ORCID should automatically discover publications metadata from linked data sources when available. 

You may wish to use a combination of data sources for best results, for example:

  • CrossRef Metadata Search and Scopus to ORCID help import records from a range of disciplines, from the sciences to humanities. 
  • Europe PubMed Central is useful for health, clinical and life sciences.
  • ISNI2ORCID search and link is useful if you publish books / monographs in any discipline. 
  • DataCite Metadata Store helps you link datasets with DOIs to your profile. 

See the full list and description of ORCID's data sources to help you decide which ones are best for you.

You can also add works manually, or import works to your ORCID records from Google Scholar. This is useful for works which do not have a linked data source, such as patents. You will first need to export your works as a BibTeX file, which can then be imported to ORCID. See how to add works to your ORCID record for information on how to do this.

Link your other identifiers You can also link other identifiers to your ORCID account. Scopus Author ID and Researcher ID are both ORCID compatible. You can import records from Scopus and Web of Science to populate your ORCID profile. This makes sure all your outputs are visible and discoverable via a single convenient route.

• Linking Scopus Author ID to ORCID

• Linking Researcher ID to ORCID

Publish your ORCID ID on your outputs Once your profile is populated, make sure you include your ORCID ID when submitting a grant application or publication and on datasets, research blogs, presentations, business cards and personal websites. This will help records become visible to ORCID, and in time, will support the automatic association and import of works to your record. It will also help transfer works information between systems that ORCID is connected to. See guidance on how to display your ORCID identifier.