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ORCiD for Researchers and Students

An overview of ORCiD and the sign up process for an ORCiD account for WUSTL faculty members, researchers and students.

Register for an ORCID record!

  1. Create your ORCID record. Remember your password and make note of your iD; this can stay with you throughout your career even after you leave WUSTL. You may link your ORCiD account to WUSTL Connect (while you are at WU), Facebook or Google+ if you prefer.
  2. Populate with your employment, education, funding, and works. Manually add information or linking tools may be helpful for populating your works, such as Scopus Author ID, MLA International Bibliography's MLA BibLink, and CrossRef Metadata search. New publications that have DOIs can automatically be added to your ORCiD profiles if you give CrossRef permission.
  3. Review your sharing choices: Each item in each field including your email address(es) have separate options to select whether you want to share with everyone, selected people, or only yourself. You may change choices any time by signing back into your ORCID account. It is your choice, but we request that you include a shared-with-everyone email address on your profile. Your email does not need to be your primary email address.
  4. Optional: designate a trusted individual to populate and update your ORCID account.
  5. Optional: Grant permission for CrossRef and Data Cite to add information about your publications and data as your DOIs which include ORCiD come to CrossRef and DataCite from publishers and other sources.


  • Add a link to your ORCID on your CV, blogs, websites, and email signature.
  • Include when you publish or request funding.
  • Enable auto-updates from other systems, such as, ResearcherID, SCOPUS and, CrossRef, DataCite
  • Use to update sections of your biographical sketch (NIH, NSF, + more agencies in development using SciENcv)
  • Include in your professional association renewals and meeting registrations.
  • Include your ORCID with shared datasets and preprints.
  • Include when you add items to Open Scholarship.

Tips and Best Practices

  • If your affiliated organization(s) are using ORCID-enabled systems, use their system(s) to connect your ORCID iD and authorize them as a trusted organization; they may be ready to write data to your ORCID record for you.
  • When adding institutional affiliations (employment and education) to your ORCID record manually, start typing the institution name and if possible, use the dropdown menu that appears to select your institution name. This will ensure consistency in how the institution’s name appears on your record.
  • When adding works to your ORCID record manually, try to always include a DOI (digital object identifier) to prevent duplicate entries if the same work is added to your ORCID record by a publisher or other trusted party later on.
  • ORCID is useful for tracking all manner of contributions in all disciplines, not just publications and not just in the sciences.
  • Funding - if you have received any grant funding, you can use the Search & Link wizard in the funding section to search for and add your grants. Note that future grant funders might be able to write funding information to your ORCID record for you if you provide them with your ORCID iD.