ORCID iD: make yourself and your research results more visible

Do you worry about getting credit for your research because your name is common or you have publications under multiple aliases (e.g. married name and maiden name)? Do you struggle to keep track of all your research outputs? Are you annoyed by having to enter the same information over and over in manuscript and grant submission systems?

To solve these problems, there’s ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID.

As you probably know, ORCID is an international system for the persistent identification of researchers, managed by an international consortium consisting of universities, national libraries, research institutes, publishers and data repositories. ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. Because the use of ORCID ensures that research outputs and activities are unambiguously attributed to the correct author and enhances the findability and the visibility of these outputs and activities, all Dutch University libraries have initiated a project to encourage all researchers to make use of the benefits associated with ORCID. In line with this national initiative, Maastricht University will also promote ORCID amongst its researchers.

What are the main advantages of ORCID?

  • ORCID ensures that your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you and only you.
  • ORCID reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations.
  • ORCID is interoperable; it works with many institutions, funders and publishers.
  • ORCID is persistent throughout your research career, even if you move to another organization.
  • ORCID takes only two minutes to create, after which you can avoid re-entering the same data every time.

To benefit fully from these advantages associated with ORCID, we recommend that researchers synchronize their ORCID iD with their Pure profile, so that all new publications added to Pure are added automatically to their ORCID account. This can be done in three easy steps:

  1. Log in to Pure (which you were doing anyway before this message popped up), choose ‘Edit profile…’ and click on ‘Create or Connect your ORCID ID’;
  2. Sign in with your ORCID if you already have one or choose ‘Register now’ and register for an ORCID ID;
  3. You will see a confirmation of the Pure-ORCID connection.

You can find more information on ORCID here.

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