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5-Day Impact Challenge

A guide on how to increase your scholarly impact in just 5 days!

Step 1: Claim your ORCID in under 30 seconds

  1. First things first: logon to and sign up for an ORCID account.
  2. At this step in the process, you’ll add very basic information like your name and email address, choose a default level of privacy for your profile, accept ORCID’s terms of use, and click “Register”.
  3. If your name is already in the ORCID system, you’ll then be prompted to claim an existing profile or make a new one.

Congrats! You now have an ORCID identifier. And now you’re on your way to having an ORCID profile, too.

Step 2: Fill out your ORCID profile

Next, you’ll fill out your ORCID profile so that others can verify who you are, and also learn more about you.

First, add links to your Google Scholar, your personal website, and any other websites where you’ve got a scholarly profile.

  1. On the left-hand menu on your main profile page, click the pencil “Edit” icon next to “Websites & social links.”
  2. Click 'add a link' to add links to your Google Scholar and other professional profiles you’ve created. Also add a link to your website or faculty page. Give each link an appropriate title so your profile’s viewers know where the link will take them.
  3. Click “Save changes” when you’re done.

Import your publications by connecting other scholarly identifiers

Any type of scholarly output you create, ORCID can handle.

Are you a traditional scientist, who writes only papers and the occasional book chapter? ORCID can track ‘em. Are you instead a cutting-edge computational biologist who releases datasets and figures for your thesis, as they are created? ORCID can track that, too. Not a scientist at all, but an art professor? You can import your works using ORCID.

ORCID will even start importing information about your service to your discipline soon!

Once you have your ORCID name, you can update your profile:

To connect to other identifiers and indices:

  1. From your main profile page, scroll down to the “Works” section and click the “add some now” link. You’ll then be prompted to connect to the services of your choice.
  2. Once you’ve connected your profiles, your works will be imported automatically to ORCID. If you’ve connected another scholarly identifier like your Scopus Author ID, a link will appear in your left-hand menu bar.


Complete your personal information

Finally, add your education credentials and employment history that might not have imported when you connected other services.

Under each section, click the “Add” button, fill out as much descriptive information as you’re comfortable sharing, choose the level of privacy you’d prefer under the “Visibility” section in the upper right of the pop-up box (or bottom of the list), and then click “Save Changes” to commit it to your profile.

Step 3: Complete your publication record

It’s possible that not all of your publications and other works will have imported. You can add them in three ways:

  1. Manually by clicking the “Add Manually” button under your Works section and adding the publications one-by-one.
  2. Batch import your works using the BibTeX import button. You can export your works from Google Scholar, EndNote, and many other reference management services in BibTeX format. Once you have exported your works, click the “Add BibTeX” button under the Works section of your ORCID profile, upload your BibTeX file, and you’re done!

If any duplicate records were imported with the Mendeley sync or BibTeX import, you can delete them by clicking the trashcan icon next to the duplicate work’s title.

Step 4: Connect ORCID to the rest of your online life

You can connect your ORCID account with websites including Web of Science, Figshare, and Impactstory, among many others.

Once they’re connected, you can easily push information back and forth between services–meaning that a complete ORCID record will allow you to automatically import the same information to multiple places, rather than having to enter the same information over and over again on different websites.

And new services are connecting to ORCID every day, sharing information across an increasing number of platforms–repositories, funding agencies, and more!