Every researcher wants their publications and other research results to be easily findable, without wasting time registering them in all manner of databases and profiles. An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) ensures that this is the case. ORCID is a non-profit organisation set up by the academic community itself.
You can use the ID to keep a list of your research results. The ID comes in handy when submitting an article or grant application. How does it work and what are the benefits?
Sorted for your entire career in ten minutes
Creating an ORCID takes around ten minutes. You can use the ID throughout your career, even if you change employer.
Enter Once, Reuse Often: not filling in your details time and time again
If you link your ORCID to your profile in the VU Research Portal and databases (e.g. Scopus, PubMed and Web of Science), all your research results will automatically be incorporated into your ORCID (or vice versa, into your profile on the VU Research Portal!). This goes for both past and future publications. Having an ORCID means no longer having to manually enter your publications. ORCID will retrieve your publications from Scopus and forward them to the profiles and databases to which you have linked your ORCID.
An increasing number of publishers and funders are requesting an ORCID
More and more publishers and funders are requesting an ORCID when you submit an article or application, meaning that you will no longer need to fill in your data in those circumstances. Once a publisher knows your ORCID, they will often see to it that your new publication is added to your record (as a result of which it will also be added automatically to the profiles and databases with which your ORCID is associated). This saves you a lot of time.
Your publications will be easier to find
Linking your ORCID to your profiles and databases will ensure that your research output is up-to-date in all places and at all times, and will enable fellow academics to obtain a comprehensive overview of your work swiftly. Once you have an ORCID, your publications will also be easy to find using Altmetric, giving you better insight into society’s awareness of your research.
No more confusion of names
Having an ORCID will prevent articles being incorrectly attributed to someone with the same (or a similar) name as you, or your name being misspelled. Furthermore, you will be contributing to the VU’s position (of your faculty or discipline) in university rankings. After all, incorrectly spelled affiliations are quite common. If the name of our university (or your research institute) is not written correctly, your publication is not included in the rankings.
You decide what you do with your ORCID
You get to choose which databases or profiles you would like to link to (or unlink from) your ORCID, and what information is or is not visible to others.
Read how to arrange your ORCID in no time at all
The ORCID Libguide sets out step by step how to create your ORCID and link it to your profiles on the VU Research Portal and Scopus. If you follow the instructions, you will be finished in ten minutes.
Find out more about the use (advanced functionality) and benefits of ORCID in the VU Libguide ORCID.
More information about ORCID and support
• Contact the University Library
• ORCID website
• Instructions on how to connect with VU Research Portal
• Basic knowledge on ORCID (FAQ)