ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique and persistent identifier for researchers. Your ORCID iD is yours throughout your career, no matter where you work, who funds you, whether your name or field of research changes, or if your name appears in different forms in different places. Through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, it supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

You can link your ORCID iD to your ResearcherID, ISNI, and more. Learn more about adding other identifiers to your ORCID record.

Benefits include:

  • Distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you
  • Reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations
  • Reduces form-filling (enter data once, re-use it often)
  • Improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs
  • Is interoperable (works with many institutions, funders, and publishers)
  • Is persistent (enduring)

Isn't ORCID iD just another identifier? No. ORCID iD is a rich data source:

  • ORCID iD has emerged as the standard researcher identification infrastructure
  • All major scholarly publishers support ORCIDs – many require them
  • ORCID is now integrated into all major manuscript management systems
  • CrossRef ORCID integration provides ability to automatically add/update author records on publication
  • Most major funders either support or require ORCID, such as NIH
  • Many universities are integrating ORCID into their processes and systems, including SMU

Connect your ResearcherID to your ORCID iD:

  • Login to your ORCID profile.
  • Scroll down to the "Works" section, mouse over the "Add works" option, and click on the "Search & link" option.
  • Click on the "ResearcherID" link.
  • Click on the "Authorize" button to authorize the connection between your ORCID profile and your ResearcherID.
  • Login to your ResearcherID account.
  • Click on the "Go" button to the right of "Send ResearcherID publications to my ORCID account".
  • A list of citations associated with your ResearcherID account will display; select those citations you want to send to your ORCID profile and click the "Send" button.
  • This action will redirect you to ORCID where you will need "authorize" the action.
  • Go to your ORCID account to verify the connection between your ORCID iD and your ResearcherID.

Create a Google Scholar Citations Profile

You can create a Google Scholar Citations profile and associate your publications from Google Scholar to your profile.  Once you've done this, you can reference your Google Profile URL under the "Websites" option on your ORCID profile.  In addition, you can import citations from Google Scholar to your ORCID profile.

  • Login to your Google account or create one. If creating your Google account for the first time, use a  personal e-mail account instead of an account with an employer so you can keep your profile no matter where you are employed.
  • Use the Citations sign-up form to complete information in your profile.  At this point you can also provide your university e-mail address, which will make your profile eligible for inclusion in Google Scholar search results.
  • On the next page, you'll see groups of articles written by people with names similar to yours.  To add articles to your profile do one of the following:
    • Click "Add all articles" next to each article group that is yours.
    • Click "See all articles" to add specific articles from a group.
    • Search all articles" to perform a Google Scholar search and then add your articles one at a time.
  • Review the information on the Google Scholar Citations set-up page for more information.

Export Google Scholar Citations

  • Go to Google Scholar and click on the "My Profile" link.  If you are not currently logged in to Google Scholar, you'll need to do so.
  • Click in the check box to the left of each citation that you want to import into your ORCID profile.
  • Click on the "Export" button and select the "BibTeX" format.
  • Copy and paste the BibTeX citation from Google Scholar in a .txt file and save to your computer. Make sure you know where this file is located.

Import Google Scholar Citations to Your ORCID Profile

  • Login to your ORCID profile.
  • Scroll down to the "Works" section, mouse over the "Add works" option, and click on the "Import BibTeX" option.
  • A "Link BibTex" option will display; click on the "Choose File" button.
  • Navigate to the saved BibTeX .txt file, and double click on it.  The citations will appear in the "Link BibTeX" location.
  • Click on the "Save" icon to add each citation to your profile or the "Ignore" icon to ignore citations you do not want to add to your profile.
  • For each citation added, complete the "Add Work" form (if necessary) and then click on the "Add to List" button.

Connect your Digital Measures account to your ORCID iD

ORCID integration only appears in the Manage Data field if you have entered your ORCID credentials to complete the connection.

  • Login to Digital Measures
    • Select Activities to update
    • Import publications
  • Select the ORCID option
    • Enter your ORCID credentials
  • Once authentication is verified, it will appear in the Manage Data view

Connect your HeinOnline account to your ORCID iD

Follow the steps indicated on the HeinOnline site to connect your accounts.

ORCiD and Your Data

ORCiD is an open, nonprofit, community-driven effort to create and maintain an international system of researcher IDs.

When it comes to publishers and funding agencies, ORCiD does not restrict with whom it works. ORCiD’s goal is to work with all such entities in order to connect you and your research and to make your scholarship highly discoverable through many different platforms and systems.

The information in your ORCiD Record—positions held, articles published, grants received, e-mail addresses, organizations affiliated with—is non-sensitive and available from other, public sources.

ORCiD and Privacy

Your ORCiD is fully owned and controlled by you - the ORCiD Terms & Conditions mean that no one else may assign an ORCiD to you. Only you can see information you mark as ‘visible only to me’ (learn more about visibility settings) and no one can update your ORCiD record without your permission.

For additional information, check out the ORCiD FAQ

Need help with ORCiD?  

Sylvia Jones, Science Research Librarian
Phone: (214) 768-1849

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