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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, reseachers and students.


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  • Improves discoverability
  • Connects your work, regardless of format, index coverage etc.
  • Eliminates name ambiguity (especially useful for scholar with common last names); can bring together your work after name changes too
  • Stays with you throughout your career
  • Potential benefit: Reduce time-consuming data entry and activity reporting; Auto update has arrived; ORCiD records move to the next level (Automatic updates from CrossRef and DataCite now available.)
  • Required by some funders, publishers, and universities

Register for an ORCID record!

  1. Create your ORCID record. Important: 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. Different ways to sign into ORCID includes information on how to unlink your personal account from the alternatives when you wish.
  2. As you wish, populate with your employment, education, funding, and works, (publications, presentation, and other creations). Manually add information or linking tools may be helpful for populating your Works, such as Researcher ID, 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 to do that.
  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 option, 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.

More information and documentation: ORCID website user knowledgebase


  • Display my iD and print my record will help with embedding your ORCiD info into web pages, etc.
  • Share a short cv easily: Add a link to your ORCID on your blogs, websites, and in your email signature. Add on the top of your curriculum vitae.
  • Include when you publish or request funding. ORCID is used to ensure your work is attributed to you and only you.  Eventually some publishers and funders (with your permission) may be able to automatically update the Works and Funding sections of your account but this does NOT work now. ORCID is requested (and in some cases required) by a growing number of publishers, funders and associations.
  • 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. (Examples: Society for Neuroscience and Modern Language Association are incorporating ORCID into their membership renewals)
  • Include your ORCID with shared datasets and preprints
  • Include when you add items to Open Scholarship; WU is beginning to display ORCiD in various collections; integration with other systems from Open Scholarship (feeding data from Open Scholarship, to automatically or semi-automatically update your ORCID record) does not work yet.