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ORCID & Researcher Identifiers

Establish your researcher identity with Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). This guide will provide information on how to connect and create your ORCID and how to keep your research profile up to date.

What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Research and Contributor ID)

What is ORCID?

ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers. It is an independent non-profit effort to provide an open registry of unique researcher identifiers and open services to link research activities and organizations to these identifiers. An ORCID iD is a 16 digit persistent unique identifier that follows an individual throughout their career, and looks something like “0000-0003-0423-208X.”

Researchers and scholars face the ongoing challenge distinguishing their research activities from those of others with similar names. As a scholar you need to be able to easily and uniquely attach your identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. As you collaborate across disciplines, institutions and borders, you must interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating, an ORCID iD can help reduce this administrative burden.

See What is ORCID for additional information.

Why get an ORCID identifier?

Benefits of getting an ORCID iD include:

  • Ensuring researchers get credit for their work.
  • Reducing time to identify scholarly output (see “Publisher integration,” below).
  • Enabling scholars to keep track of and report on their work with funders, publishers and institutions.
  • Tying individuals to their scholarly work should make finding academic papers easier and more accurate.

Flinders Integration: The integration will both push and pull information to and from your RMIS and ORCID profiles. Granting Flinders access to your ORCID profile will allow the University to push data from the RMIS in to your ORCID profile. Publications added to your OCRID profile from other sources such as Scopus or Web of Science can be extracted and added to RMIS automatically.

Publisher integration: ORCID is being integrated into the manuscript submission process by publishers. Elsevier, Thomson Reuters, Nature and other major publishers have begun integrating ORCID iDs into the manuscript submission process, and embedding ORCID identifiers across their scientific and scholarly research ecosystem.  This will save authors time during submission, and enable automatic updating of author bibliographies when articles are published

Grant funder integration: Grant funding bodies including ANDS (Australian National Data Service) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have or are in the process of building integration with ORCID. The applicant profile section of NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) was changed in 2014 to allow researchers to include their unique identifier (such as ORCID) when updating their CV and Profile, whilst the ARC is currently considering options for the development of a similar capacity within its Research Management System (RMS 2.0).

What does the process entail?

There are benefits to creating or connecting your ORCID record though Flinders University RePortal, as it paves the way for future data exchange between Flinders University and ORCID on behalf of each scholar. This implementation of ORCID by Flinders University seeks to increase ORCID uptake by our scholars and asks for "Write Access" to your ORCID record.

When you initiate the process, by creating your ORCID id through RePortal, a basic ORCID iD record is created.  To make the most of the benefits of an ORCID iD, update your record at your convenience. Privacy settings will default to the ORCID recommended setting, Flinders University recommends you maintain your ORCID iD with the default privacy settings.  You always have the ability to change these settings – the ORCID record is controlled by you, not Flinders University.

ORCID will send you an email activate/log-in to your account.  Unless you selected otherwise in the creation process the default privacy setting for new works will be set to be “public.”  Data labeled as either “public” or “limited” will be accessible by Flinders University. 

Creating / Connecting your ORCID via Flinders University

To create a new ORCID iD, or report an existing ORCID iD to Flinders University, please visit the Flinders University research reporting system RePortal, select the ORCID tile on the RePortal dashboard and fill in your details. For detailed instructions on how to complete this process, visit the Sign up / Connect page on this Help guide.


Need Help with ORCID?

If you have questions about ORCiD, please send an email to the address below.