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ORCiD profile

ORCIDORCID Author Profile

What is ORCID?  icon links to ORCID video
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers.

Why should I have an ORCID ID?
ORCID allows you to easily and uniquely attach your identity to all kinds of scholarly work:  datasets, articles, books and book chapters, media stories, theses, protocols, patents, etc. ORCID helps researchers distinguish your work from other scholars with similar names.

ORCID IDs are now being used by many journal publishers and databases such as Nature Publishing Group, IEEE, PLoS, Scopus and Web of Science.

How do I use my ORCID ID?
Include your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.

How do I get an ORCID ID?
Register for a free ORCID ID
ORCID registration quick start guide
Once you register, you can enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers such as Scopus and Web of Science.

ORCID registrants who use their unique ORCID identifier (iD) when submitting a manuscript or dataset can now opt to have their ORCID record automatically updated when their work is made public. Auto update details

How do I find ORCID IDs?
ORCID ID's are designed to be open and accessible to all.
Go to the ORCID registry to look up your own ORCID ID or to look for ORCID IDs of other researchers.  Click on an ORCID ID to see a researcher's list of publications.

Google Scholar profile

Google Scholar Citations Google Scholar Citations profile

  • Your profile is created from data found in Google Scholar after you register.

Scopus author profile

ScopusScopus Author Profile

Web of Science researcher profile

ResearcherID example


Researcher profile (Web of Science)

  • You will need to first register with Web of Science then you can sign in and create your profile
  • Additional information

UM Faculty Scholars

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Biosketch (NIH & NSF)

NIH Biographic Sketch example

Biosketches (National Institute of Health & National Science Foundation)

  • Rresearcher profile required for both NIH & NSF grant applications and progress reports.
  • SciENcv--tool to assist with creating researcher biosketch
  • Can be setup to automatically pull biographical information & publications from an ORCID profile.



  • Create account to upload papers
  • Caution: Check your copyright agreement with the publisher before uploading articles.
  • If an unpublished work is uploaded, site can generate a DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
  • Users can download papers from other profile pages.
  • Tracks how many times papers have been read, downloaded or cited and how often your profile is viewed.
  • Used by scientists and social scientists.
  • Publishers escalate legal battle against ResearchGate (Oct. 2018)

Humanities Commons


Humanities Commons  

  • Nonprofit network where humanities scholars can create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work
  • Project of the office of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association
  • Includes an open-access repository, the Commons Open Repository Exchange

Linked in

Linked in Linked in profile

Amazon author page

Amazon author page example Author Pages

  • Your profile is created from social networking analytics generated on after you register.
  • is a commercial site despite the .edu in it's address.
  • Users can upload or download papers from other profile pages. If papers are not uploaded, one can request to have the paper sent by the author/contributor. Caution: Check your copyright agreement with the publisher before uploading articles.
  • Tracks how many times the paper has been downloaded.
  • Used by humanities scholars.
  • Metrics Mania the case against (Chronicle of Higher Education, January 18, 2018)