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What is ORCID? How can it help?

As of March 2020, the ORCID integration in Activity Insight is temporarily unavailable.  Web of Science, Crossref, and PubMed integrations are still functioning.


What is ORCID? How can it help? An ORCID-ID is a persistent identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers and a record that supports automatic links among all your professional activities. Your ORCID-ID and connections are stored in the ORCID Registry, in an account you own and manage.

1. The ID is unique to the Researcher, which is helpful to if you have a more common name or if your name has changed. 

2. The ID moves with the Researcher, meaning that if you change Universities your ID stays the same.

3. ORCID-IDs can be integrated into other systems, such as Faculty Reporting Systems.

4. Some publishers require Researchers have an ORCID-ID when submitting their work.

5. An ORCID-ID connects you to your affiliations, work, and awards. Additionally, claiming your publications in your ORCID account ensures that you get the credit for your work.

6. ORCID-IDs come with a QR code, which can be used on things like posters.

7. ORCID-IDs are also used in applications for funding/grants

8. The Researcher has complete control of their ORCID-ID, deciding what information to add and share and even who to share it with. The Researcher can decide the visibility for thier ID. 

9. An ORCID-ID increases discoverability of your research, many platforms allow users to search using ORCID-IDs.

10. ORCID is open, free, multi-disciplinary, international, and supports multiple languages and character sets.

Need to get an ORCID? Start here!

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1. Register for an ORCID-ID by clicking here

When signing up, you will be asked to select your privacy settings. Here is a breakdown of what each setting means:

Public: Information is available to users of the ORCID platform/website.

Trusted Parties: Information is only available to those individuals and organizations you allow.

Private: Only visible to you.

2. Once you complete the registration form, you will need to go to your email and verify your email address. This email also has your 16-digit ORCID ID. However, this number is also available on the homepage of your account-it’s at the end of the URL under “ORCID ID” at the top of the page

3. Next, you want to link your ORCID-ID to your institution. Sign out of your account and go to the sign in page and login under “Institutional Account.” Select University of Maryland, College Park. If you are already logged into CAS, the website will tell you that you are already logged in to UMD under your username. However, if you are not logged in under CAS, you would be prompted to login to CAS as you usually would. Finally, you will be asked to confirm that you want the accounts linked by signing in to your account. After linking your accounts, you may use your ORCID sign in details or any of the other linked accounts to access your account. You may link multiple accounts! If this process is confusing to you, check out this video by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

4. Once in your account, edit your information. You can add a publish name or names you are also known as and other versions of your name. It’s recommended that all other names published under are added to this field. You can make these public or private. It is recommended also to add multiple emails, this will ensure easy access if you leave your current employer.


Adding publications after you have an ORCID

First, log into your account at You can follow the directions to affiliate your account with an institution if  you have not yet done so. Otherwise click Institutional account and login with your directoryID and password.


While ORCID can be used as a full online CV equivalent, with employment history, education, etc. in the context of Activity Insight, it is most valuable for tracking research, scholarship and creative works. In fact, the only section that exports to Activity Insight is “Works,” so at this time it is not necessary to update employment, education, service, or funding, as that information comes from different sources in Activity Insight.

Before adding new works, it's best to review current works to ensure they are appear correctly with the correct categories. Book reviews may appear as journal articles or those listed as “other” may actually fall into official categories. You can click the small pencil icon to edit a work.

Next, you can add new works.

When you click “Add works,” the following options appear:

First, try Search and Link, to see if you can import publications.

There are a number of different sources for publications. ORCID has a nice overview, which includes recommendations by field.

It may be useful to start with Crossref. You first authorize access, which runs a search in Crossref using your name. Many of the articles may already be in my profile, but you can chose to add those that are missing. Note that you may see publications by other authors with variations of your name.

If you already have a ResearcherID account, which includes your work that is present in Web of Science, we recommend importing via that platform. NOTE: Web of Science is integrated into Activity Insight, so it may not be worth creating a ResearcherID for this purpose if you do not already have one.

MLA International Bibliography will be an invaluable importation resource for many Humanities scholars, as books and book chapters are included in this platform. It function similarly to Crossref, as described above.

You can try the other platforms, especially DataCite if you have datasets you’d like to include.

Otherwise, you can add publications manually, for example some book chapters that appear on your CV. Choose Publication under Work Category, then Book Chapter as Work Type. It is easiest to copy and past from the CV.

NOTE: ORCID does not always correctly capture journal volume, issue, and article page numbers. It may be necessary to add those manually in Activity Insight.

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