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Create a unique scholarly ID

Create a scholarly ID#, such as the ORCID, in order to have a unique number to associate with your scholarship.

This is especially helpful if:

  • you have the same name as other scholars in your field
  • you have changed your name (or plan to) at some point in your career
  • you sign your name slightly differently each time you publish: Cynthia Smith, Cynthia Elizabeth Smith, Cindy Elizabeth Smith, Cindy E. Smith
  • you are known by a nickname, but publish under your full, formal name


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-profit project (the ORCID community is comprised of scholars, academic publishers, and funders) that is designed to "provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers." Basically, it is a DOI or ISBN for a scholar!  Once you set up an ORCID account, you will have a unique number/URL to your scholarship. The library regularly offers a workshop on ORCID, slide deck above. 

An ORCID account and IDs are used as follows:

  • publishers and funders may ask you to provide one when submitting
  • you can log into publisher journal portals faster
  • you can create a profile that a publisher or funder can use to learn more about your research
  • your ORCID can be shared with Publons, another scholarly ID system that gives peer reviewers credit for their work 

Setting up an account and adding your citations is easy. Here are the steps:

1. Set up an account in ORCID. 


2. Add your publications. 

Option 1: Import your citations from your Google Scholar Profile using BibTex. Here's a video showing you how:


Option 2: Use CrossRef to try to find most of your citations. Use the Search & Link option under Add Works and choose CrossRef.


Option 3: Manually add your citations.

3. Add your ORCID (make sure you use the entire URL. Example: to your website, your C.V., etc.