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Author Services from Himmelfarb: ORCiD Profile Evaluations

Resources and services for GW authors in the health sciences

ORCiD Profile Evaluation Service

ORCiD profiles are already required by many journal publishers and likely to be come increasingly important element of federal grant funding. A well maintained ORCiD profile can be used to help create a SciENcv Biosketch or to generate a QR code for a a conference poster. Students and researchers associated with GW SMHS, SPH, and SON can complete the ORCiD Profile Evaluation form for tips on curating profiles. 

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

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.)

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."