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Researcher Profile Audit Service (RPAS): ORCiD

All About ORCID

What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent digital identifier number that distinguishes you from other researchers. 

Why get an ORCID? 

Having a unique persistent identifier allows you to: 

  • Differentiate you from authors with identical or similar names
  • Maintain and manage your scholarly identity even if you change affiliations
  • Easily link your profile to articles, conference proceedings, experiments, datasets, and more
  • Identify works authored under variant forms of your own name (ex. A. Brown, AR Brown, Anna R. Brown)
  • Identify yourself to publishers, funding organizations, and research organizations.  
  • Use information for reporting in eRA Commons, and automatically populate forms including SciENcv and NIH Biosketch
  • Create a QR code for use on Conference Posters to direct people to your works. 

Additionally, several major scientific publishers and funding institutions are starting to require ORCID. You may be asked to sign up for an ORCID at some point during the publication process. ORCID iD has become the dominant standard for researcher identification. 

How to create an ORCID?

While you control visibility of all components of your ORCID profile, you can create or connect your ORCID to GW which makes GW a trusted organization for your profile.  Read more about ORCID@GW.

What publishers require ORCID?

The list of publishers requiring ORCIDs continue to grow. See the Signatories list for the ORCID Open Letter

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about ORCID

Visibility and Your ORCID Record

You can control what elements of your ORCID record are publicly visible. For your personal information and information about your works, three settings are available: 

  • Public or Everyone: This information is visible via the ORCID API and can be viewed by visitors to the ORCID website. 
  • Trusted parties: This information is visible only to individuals or organizations you authorize.
  • Private: This information is visible only to you.

For more information see the Visibility settings in the ORCID Knowledge Base and ORCID's privacy policy

Orcid iD Care

Connect Your ORCID to GW

GW researchers have the option of making GW a trusted organization. To learn more, visit the ORCID page from GW Libraries & Academic Innovation and select "Connect Your ORCID to GW" or "Create an ORCID and Connect to GW." 

Populating & Maintaining Your ORCID

How to populate your ORCID iD with publication and other research information:

In order to maximize the benefits of your ORCID account, you will need to populate your account either by linking your works from another system, importing a BibTeX file of your work, or adding works manually. 

  1. Linking your works from another system: To link works from another system such as Scopus or CrossRef, go to the Add works menu and select the Search & link button

    To link your Scopus Author ID to your ORCID profile, follow the instructions in the Scopus to ORCID Wizard. Once you set up the link between these two accounts, new publications will automatically transfer to your ORCID profile when they are added to Scopus. You can also link publications using the CrossRef metadata search; CrossRef is a database of all publications that have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). You can find publications via CrossRef search if you have a title, author, or DOI. 

  2. Importing a BibTeX file of your works: To import work a BibTeX file of your works, go to the Add works menu and select Import BibTeX. Then import the appropriate file. For additional information, see the instructions for Importing Works from a BibTeX File from the ORCID Knowledge Base. This method will allow you to export information from your Google Scholarly Profile into your ORCID iD. To do so, login to Google Scholar and click on the "My citations link." 

    Once you have an exported BibTeX file from your Google Scholar Profile, you can import this information directly into your ORCID profile

  3. Manually adding your works: You may also manually add entries for works that do not appear in other systems. Go to the Add works menu and select the Add manually button. Also see the Add works manually resource in the ORCID Knowledge Base. 

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Linking your ORCID to Scopus

1) By linking your ORCID account to your Scopus author profile, you can automatically enter all the articles assigned to your profile in Scopus to your ORCID account.

2) To do this, scroll over the 'Add Works' button in the Works section of your ORCID account and select 'Search & Link'



3) On the subsequent page, scroll down and click on the 'Scopus-Elsevier' option and you'll be prompted to select the appropriate Scopus author profile.


Using Your ORCID iD to Create a SciENcv Biosketch

One advantage to having an ORCID iD is the ability to automatically populate works in an NIH or NSF Biosketch. 

  1. Start by logging into your NCBI account or by creating an NCBI account. There are numerous ways to login to your my NCBI Account including via your GW goggle account (if using this method, use the "" suffix rather than the "" suffix). If you are having difficulties with logging into your NCBI account or need to merge accounts, contact the NCBI Support Center.
  2. On the My NCBI Dashboard, go to the SciENcv icon and select "Click here" to create a new CV. If you have used SciEncv before, it will show links to biosketches you've already created. A screenshot of the My NCBI Dashboard, showing panels for Recent Activity, Collections, Filters, and SciENcv. The SciENcv panel is highlighted in the lower right.
  3.  To create a new document, start by adding a document name.
  4. Select the appropriate format for your Biosketch. A portion of the Create a New Document form. A text field labeled 'Document name' is provided with the caption 'Enter a name to help you to identify this document.' The Format field lists the following options: NIH Biosketch, NIH Fellowship Biosketch, NSF Biographical Sketch 2023 (for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023), NSF Biographical Sketch (for proposals submitted or due before January 30, 2023), NSF Current and Pending (Other) Support Form (for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023), NSF Current and Pending Support (for proposals submitted or due before January 30, 2023), and IES Biosketch.
  5. Under the "Choose data source" box, add ORCID as an external source. You must link to an eRA Commons account to use this option. The 'Choose data source' section of the form, with the External source option selected and highlighted.
  6. Once your external data source has been set to "ORCID" select either "private" or "public sharing and click on the "Create" button. The 'Choose data source' field updated to show the External source field with ORCID selected. The 'Sharing' field is now visible with the options 'Private' and 'Public' listed. The Create and Cancel buttons follow the form field, with the Create button highlighted.
  7. Once your Biosketch has been created, you can automatically add citations from your ORCID iD to the Personal Statement (Section A.) and Contributions to Science (Section C.). In either section, start by clicking on "Select citations." The Personal Statement section displayed with the Select citations link highlighted.
  8. Click the "ORCID" tab, click the boxes next to the desired citations, and click "Save Citations." A highlighted 'Save citations' link followed by a section with two tabs. The first tab is labeled 'My Bibliography'. The second tab, labeled 'ORCID


  1. Include a list of your complete works included in My Bibliography by clicking on "Include link to complete list of published works in My Bibliography."A section of the Biosketch with a checked checkbox highlighted next to the text: Include link to complete list of published work in My Bibliography. (Selecting this option will make the list public.)

ORCIDs: Maintaining Your Online Identity

Create a Personal ORCID iD QR Code

You can easily create a QR code for your ORCID that can be used on conference posters and other professional settings. Start by logging into your ORCID account and select the drop down menu next to your name. Go to "Account Settings" and under the Sharing section click on "Get a QR code for your ORCID iD." 

Get Your ORCID!

Registering for an ORCID is easy. Go to and follow the three short steps. 

 ORCID Registration

Got an ORCID? Let us know what it is so we can track your scholarly activities and help you measure your impact. Link to Google Form