What is ORCID?

Researchers and scholars face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing their scholarly activities from the scholarly activities of others with similar names. They need to be able to easily and uniquely attach their identity to scholarly work, such as articles, citations, grants, patents and data sets. As individuals collaborate across disciplines and institutions, they must interact with an increasing number and diversity of information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming and often frustrating. ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to reduce that frustration.

ORCID provides a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. An ORCID iD is a persistent unique identifier that follows an individual throughout their career. The format of an ORCID iD looks something like “0000-0003-0423-208X.”

ORCID records hold non-sensitive information such as name, email, organization, and activities such as publications, grants, patents and other scholarly works. ORCID provides tools for individuals to manage data privacy.

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Why get an ORCID identifier?

There are benefits to having Boston University initiate your ORCID record creation, or reporting an existing ORCID, as it paves the way for data exchange between BU and ORCID on behalf of each scholar.

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
  • Repurposing data for use in CV generation, citation repositories, BU Profiles, annual reports, faculty web-sites, and other systems (see “Grant submission integration,” below)
  • Tying individuals to their scholarly work should make finding academic papers easier and more accurate

Publisher integration: 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. That information can be ingested into BU systems at each scholar’s discretion.

Grant submission integration: NIH, NSF and other federal agencies are planning to integrate ORCID iDs into the ScienCV platform for linking researchers, their grants, and their scientific output. The US federal government has been working to create a fed-wide profile system to streamline the grants and contract application process and reduce the data entry burden for investigators, and ORCID holds promise to be part of the solution.

What does the process entail?

There are benefits to having Boston University initiate your ORCID record creation, or reporting an existing ORCID, as it paves the way for data exchange between BU and ORCID on behalf of each scholar.

The first time you log in to the Boston University ORCID Interface application using your BU credentials, you will be given the options of creating or providing your ORCID identifier. After selecting one of these options, you will be redirected to the ORCID website where you will create or provide your ORCID identifier and allow permission for BU to access/update your ORCID record. You will be given the option of granting BU permission as a trusted organization, which you can revoke at any time. If you choose not to grant ongoing permission, BU access to your ORCID record will expire after one hour. To learn more about trusted organizations, click here.  You can get additional information on ORCID visibility settings here.

After obtaining your ORCID identifier, individuals who are in BU Profiles will be given a link to the Transfer Data page. On the Transfer Data page you will be able to select BU Profiles information and transfer it to ORCID.

After the transfer completes, the inbox associated with your ORCID account will receive notification(s) that your ORCID record has been updated by Boston University. Click here for additional information regarding the ORCID inbox and configuring your notifications in ORCID Account Settings.

For those not in BU Profiles, or with no publication records showing in BU Profiles, you can opt to add works using alternative means, through the search & link wizard. Options include CrossRef Metadata search, ResearcherID, Scopus (even if you have never used Scopus before) and more. To use this option, sign in to ORCID. Choose the “Search & link” selection from the “Add works” dropdown menu in the Works section. From the Link Works menu, click the option you prefer (for example, “Scopus to ORCID”). Additional information on using the search and link wizard including a short video can be found here.

If you have questions for Boston University on this process, you can email orcid@bu.edu.

To create/provide your ORCID, or transfer data from BU Profiles, please click the button below: