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Engineering Library: ORCiD and Researcher Profiles

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers

ORCiD Connecting Research and ResearchersWhat is an ORCiD?

ORCiD stands or Open Researcher and Contributor ID. It provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCiD iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. You can connect your ORCiD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. You can use your ORCiD to share your information with other systems, ensuring you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors. Please note, an ORCiD is for life and it belongs to you. If you leave the University, your ORCiD will not be affected.

Why use ORCiD?

A researcher's name alone often isn't enough to reliably identify the author of, or contributor to, a paper published in a scientific journal or a dataset uploaded to a repository. Many researchers share the same name, while others have different names during their career, or different variations of the same one. For example, R. Jones, Richard Jones, and Richard M Jones could all refer to the same person. A unique identifier, which researchers can associate with their name variations and their research works, is a way to ensure that these links can be made accurately and reliably in order to ensure that credit is correctly attributed and reports can be generated with a greater degree of accuracy.

ORCiD accounts can be linked to a variety of other sources including MLA BibLink and arXiv as well as Dimensions and other profile tools such as Scopus Author ID and ResearcherID to draw in relevant information.

How to set up your ORCiD

Registering your ORCiD is a free online process that should take less than one minute. You own your ORCID record and, after registering for it yourself, you will be able to update or add information by signing into your account.

Step-by-step instructions to register your ORCiD can be found on the ORCiD website.

Merging duplicate ORCiDs

There are a number of ways in which you can inadvertently end up with multiple ORCiD identifiers, which rather defeats the object. However, there is a feature on ORCID that allows you to remove duplicate records by merging it into your primary ORCID record. 

For information on removing or merging duplicate ORCiDs, you can see the ORCiD support page, or the Research Information Moodle (Raven login required).

ORCiD logo on black background

Engineering Resources

ORCiD and GitHub: Dr John Durrell of the Department of Engineering has developed a PHP script that downloads and presents an author's ORCiD bibliography.

Engineering Profile Pages: If you have a Department of Engineering profile page, you can login with Raven and edit your account using the standard "edit" button, to create a direct link to a record of your publications on ORCiD, or to a personal website or other unique identifier. 

We welcome suggestions for other resources and ways to use your ORCiD. If you have useful tips, please contact the Library team.


ORCiD websiteRegister for an ORCiD or sign in to your account

Symplectic ElementsAccess your Symplectic Elements page (Raven login required)

ORCiD HelpHelp and support from ORCiD, including a range of video tutorials

Symplectic Elements HelpHelp with your Symplectic Elements account (Raven login required)

Research Information Moodle: Detailed step-by-step support for Symplectic Elements (Raven login required)

Department of Engineering Profile Pages


Department of Engineering researchers, academics, and staff can edit their standard Department profile page to:
•    provide a link to a personal website where you might already maintain a list of publications
•    offer a direct link to publication lists available from providers including ORCiD

To add a publications link to your profile page, click on the 'Raven login’ link on the right-hand side, then click on the ‘Edit' tab under your name. This will take you to the editing screen for your profile page, where you can add a URL for a publications list (in the ‘Your Research’ section). You can also add a URL for a personal website, and add information on your teaching and research interests.

For support on this or any other aspect of ORCiD, contact the Library team.

How to add publications to your ORCiD

Once you have an ORCiD, you can add "works" to your record. Works are a record of your research outputs, including publications, data sets, conference presentations, and more. There are several ways you can do this:

  1. Add works by direct import from other systems to import links to your publications and other works to your ORCiD record from other databases. This is the recommended process because it reduces or eliminates errors, and enables a reliable connection between your ORCiD and your works.

  2. Add works using an identifier such as a DOI or PubMed ID.

  3. Importing works from a BibTeX file: Using the BibTeX import tool, you can import your research works from systems that have not yet built a connection with ORCiD.

  4. Add works manually: To add a work manually, start from the Works header, click +Add, then Add manually.

Adding works to your ORCiD means that it can helpfully be used as a central record of your publications and research outputs, which you can link to various other sites such as your personal website, GitHub, LinkedIn, or Symplectic Elements.

What is Symplectic Elements?

Symplectic Elements is the University's research information management system, and the way to upload publications to the University Repository. Symplectic Elements is also used to make research outputs Open Access and link them to funding.

How do you link ORCiD and Symplectic Elements?

ORCiD and Symplectic Elements are now integrated such that researchers can create, or connect an existing ORCiD directly from their Symplectic Elements profile. An ORCiD profile is connected to you as an individual, not to your institution and this link does not change that; but it can help to streamline updates to your profile in Symplectic Elements and connect apparently disparate profiles and sources of information.

Simply login to Symplectic Elements and choose the "Automatic Claiming" link from your Publications menu, as seen below. Step-by-step instructions for linking your ORCiD (and other unique identifiers such as Scopus Author ID) with your Symplectic Elements account can be found on the Research Information Moodle site (Raven login required). 

Select Automatic Claiming in Symplectic Elements

When a user and a publication share an ORCiD ID the publication metadata is automatically added to Symplectic Elements. This does not include the full-text of the publication as a PDF; you will still need to upload this to Symplectic Elements as usual.

Please note, the link from ORCiD to Elements is one way; Elements will retrieve publications from your ORCiD account, but it will not push anything back to ORCiD.

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