Your ORCID iD is your unique researcher identifier that will help you and your employers save time managing data. Your ORCID iD profile page is an easily sharable and internationally recognised record of your career and achievements; you can think of it like a CV that anyone who searches for your name online might find. This is particularly important for students or members of staff who do not have an College Personal Web Page. Any time spent developing your ORCID profile will be worthwhile if you ever move institution, because it belongs to you, not your employer.

Below are some tips for how you might wish to populate your ORCID profile to best display your achievements. 


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Use the biography space at the top to summarise your career history. This space is also a great opportunity to highlight any ways, whether research-based or otherwise, in which you contribute to academic or other communities.

Education and qualifications

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This is not limited to academic qualifications, it could also include professional qualifications.

Invited positions and distinctions

An invited position is an invited non-employment affiliation, e.g. honorary fellow, guest researcher. A distinction is an honorary or other award, distinction, or prize in recognition of your achievements, e.g. trophy, medal, honorary degree.

Membership and service

Being a member of a society or association, whether academic, industry or trade (not including honorary memberships and fellowships, these would belong in invited position above). A service could include a significant donation of time, money, or other resource, e.g. acting as volunteer academic society officer, in an elected board position, serving as an editorial board member, conference organiser, chairing a panel event or undertaking committee work or public engagement activities.


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There are two ways to add funding to your ORCID record:

  1. Select ÜberWizard for ORCID and search for any received grants.
  2. If you are unable to find specific grants with the ÜberWizard search then select add manually. The ORCID website has guidance on how to manually input funding information.

Also known as

This can be helpful for those who have variations in the names they use or have ever previously been known by. Variations in your name can include abbreviation styles or different alphabets.


Here you could link to your research group website, a personal website or any blogs where you work can be found.

Unsure about making your work public?

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Use ‘trusted parties’ or ‘only me’ as your visibility setting. ‘Trusted parties’ means that only organisations you have given permission to (such as your employer) can see this data. ‘Only me’ means no one, including your employer, can see this data. More information on privacy settings is available at the ORCID website.

Once you are happy with your ORCID profile, promote it!

You could:

  • Include your iD number and a link to your profile in your email signature, twitter or other social media bio space;
  • Include your iD when prompted in journal article submission, grant and job applications. See here for current ORCID member organisations;   
  • Click ‘Display your iD on other sites’ in the top left corner for HTML code of your iD and a direct link to your profile. This could be embedded into your own web page or an Imperial Personal Web Page.


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