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Research Impact: ORCiD Researcher ID

A guide to measuring impact for authors of scholarly publications.

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Lost your ORCiD credentials?

If you think you have an ORCiD, but it's been a long time since you signed in, or if you aren't certain that you ever actually signed up for one, the ORCiD team can help you.

Getting Started

What Is ORCiD?

ORCiD (Open Researcher & Contributor Identifier) is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCiD IDs distinguish individuals with common names and are not affected by name changes, cultural differences in name order, inconsistent abbreviations, or the use of different alphabets.

Why Get an ORCiD? One Set-Up; Many Benefits

ORCiD iDs are used by publishers, funders, associations, and other organizations to make sure your work is correctly attributed to you, to unambiguously differentiate you from other scholars with the same name, and to streamline workflows such as submitting and reviewing journal articles, applying for funding, and more:

  • Globally unique, permanent identifier that stays with you for life, independent of name or institutional affiliation changes
  • Integrates with other systems, like SciENcv, to automatically populate the information you provide
  • Increasingly required or requested by funders and publishers
  • You own your ORCiD iD, not your employer or publisher
  • Allows delegation to trusted individuals and organizations
  • Supports GW Single Sign-on

For additional information about ORCiD, see "Ten Things You Need to Know" for an overview.

Claim Your ORCiD

Connect Your ORCiD to GWU.


If you already have an ORCiD ID, you can connect your ORCiD to GWU.  

If not, you can create your ORCiD ID and then connect it to GWU.  

You control visibility to all elements of your profile. You have the option of making GW a trusted organization. This will enable GW to read information on your profile that you have made invisible to others. (You can still designate parts of your profile completely private, including to GW.) This will enable GW to have a more comprehensive view of research activity across the university. In the future, this may enable researchers and others at GW to populate our information systems without having to re-enter information in multiple places.

By making GW a trusted organization to your ORCiD, you are granting GW the ability to READ information on your ORCiD profile that you have restricted to only trusted partners. GW will not have the ability to read information on your ORCiD profile that you have made private, nor will GW have the ability to write information to your ORCiD profile. GW may store information retrieved from your ORCiD profile in the GW data warehouse. Any use of this information will be governed by data use agreements that will be established in that environment. Libraries and Academic Innovation will email all registered users should GW change how this information is being used.

Register and Set Defaults

  1. Complete the information on the form (name, e-mail, set a password).

  2. Determine the default level of privacy you want.

    Public access button selected Everyone
    Trusted party's button selected Trusted Parties
    Private viewing only button selected Only Me
  3. Un-select notification e-mail check boxes according to your preference.

  4. Select the "Terms of Use" checkbox -- required to register.

  5. Click the "Register" button. 

Note:  Select "Everyone" for easy set-up with other services like SciENcv.

Complete Your Profile

Navigate Profile Set-Up:

On the left sidebar, provide the following information:

  • "Also known as" -- all the name variants you have used for your research (including abbreviations, transliterations, name changes, etc.)
  • Country -- country with which you are affiliated
  • Keywords -- words or phrases that describe your research interests
  • Websites -- any websites you have related to your research, including your Google Scholar Profile.

Complete the following information:

  • Biography
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Funding -- Add grants manually (or use ÜberWizard to search and link multiple grants from select funding agencies).
  • Works -- Add works using your Scopus Author ID, your Web of Knowledge ResearcherID, your citation account at Google Scholar, works indexed in any resource that supports the export of a BibTeX file, or add them manually (see more detail below).

For detailed information about all aspects of your ORCiD profile, use the documentation provided by ORCiD.

Remember: Everything you add here has privacy settings.  Information visible to everyone will be able to integrate into systems you designate as "trusted" (e.g. SciENcv).

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Search large publication databases & import citation information for your publications.

Example databases include:

  • CrossRef Metadata Search (includes all publications that have a DOI, digital object identifier)
  • Scopus - Elsevier
  • MLA International Bibliography  
  • DataCite (includes all non-traditional publications with DOIs such as research data and conference proceedings)
  • Europe PubMed Central (includes all of US PubMed Central)
All of these can be accessed by clicking on "Add works" and then selecting "Search & link" from the dropdown menu as illustrated below.

Search & Link box in "Add works" drop down

Import Citation Records in Bulk

Export from a Citation Manager (i.e. RefWorks, Zotero, Endnote, Mendeley, etc.)

Once you have a bibliography of your own works saved in a citation manager, you can export all of them in a format the ORCiD understands: BibTeX.  Each citation manager may use slightly different language, but somewhere it will say "Export" (e.g. RefWorks says "Share" and when you click that you have an export option). From the export menu, you select BibTeX as the file format to save.

Google Scholar Profile Export

If you have a Google Scholar Profile already:

  1. Go to Google Scholar and click on the "My citations" link.  If you are not currently logged in to Google Scholar, you'll need to do so.
  2. Click on the check box to the left of each citation that you want to import into your ORCiD profile.
  3. Click on the "Export" button and select the "BibTeX" format.
  4. This action will generate a "citations.bib" file that will be saved on your computer.  Make sure you know where this file is located.

Import a BibTeX file to Your ORCiD Profile

  1. Login to your ORCiD profile.
  2. Scroll down to the "Works" section, mouse over the "Add works" option, and click on the "Import BibTeX" option.
  3. A "Link BibTex" option will display; click on the "Choose File" button.
  4. Navigate to the "citations.bib" file, and double-click on it.  The citations will appear in the "Link BibTeX" location.
  5. Click on the "Save" icon to add each citation to your profile or the "Ignore" icon to ignore citations you do not want to add to your profile.
  6. For each citation added, complete the "Add Work" form (if necessary) and then click on the "Add to List" button.
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