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ORCID @ Binghamton University

This guide is intended for faculty and student researchers. It contains information about the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) registry, including how to get, use, and connect your ORCID iD.

I've got an ORCID iD. What do I do now?

I've got an ORCID iD. What do I do now?

  1. Verify your email
  2. Understand and choose your Privacy and Visibility settings
  3. Add a non-UNLV email address to your ORCID account to ensure you don't lose access if you change institutions
  4. Fill in your researcher bio
    • ORCID has fields for your email addresses, websites, names, keywords, social media accounts, and countries, but does not ask for or display gender, age, or ethnicity
    • All of the information you input can be privacy controlled
    • You control your preferred name and preferred sources for information
  5. Update your account
    • Import citations from databases using Search & Link 
    • Manually add works to your ORCID record
  6. Use your ORCID iD
    • Make it part of your workflow
    • Every time you publish, or perform a scholarly activity, add it to your ORCID profile

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Verify Your Email Address

From the ORCID blog:

To ensure that you and only you (or those to whom you have granted permission) can access and manage your record... a verified email address is required to access key features of your ORCID record.

Verifying your primary email address allows you to:

Verifying is not required in order to:

  • Add and edit your name and name variations
  • Change your account settings
  • Update your email addresses
  • Connect your ORCID iD to other systems and authorize them to read and update your ORCID record
  • Change the visibility of data that other systems have added to your ORCID record, or delete that data

For more on how (and why) to verify your primary email address, see the ORCID Support site.

Controlling Privacy and Visibility

You're In Control

Researcher control over access to and visibility of data is a fundamental principle of ORCID. There are three visibility settings for items in your profile:


Information marked as everyone is public. It is visible to anyone who looks at your profile or uses ORCID's public API.

Trusted parties

Information marked as Trusted parties is limited. It is only visible to organizations that you have granted explicit permission to access your ORCID record.

Only me

Information marked as only me or is private. It is only visible to you after you have logged in.

For more information about ORCID and privacy, see their page on visibility settings and their privacy policy.

Biography and Details

Add Only What You Want

Fill out your ORCID profile with as much or as little information as you want. In addition to publications and other works, you might want to include:

  • biography
  • education
  • employment
  • keywords
  • alternate names
  • website(s)
  • email address(es)

You are not required to provide demographic data (age, gender, ethnicity), and all information you add is under your control. Each section and entry can be set as public, limited, or private: you decide what to enter and what to display publicly. Establish the preferred form of your name, hide your old email addresses, or improve your findability with keywords.

Add Your Affiliations

Add your affiliations to your ORCID profile to highlight the research and service you've done. Here's a few ways to increase the value of your ORCID iD.

Invited Positions and Distinctions

Invited positions and Distinctions describe formal relationships – outside of employment – between a person and an organization, such as a serving as an honorary researcher, a fellow, or being distinguished with an award or honorary degree. Examples include Honorary Fellow, Guest Researcher, Emeritus Professor, Visiting Lecturer, Honorary Degrees, Awards, and Honorary Memberships. To add to your profile, go to the Invited Positions and Distinctions section of your profile and select Add Invited Position or Add Distinction.

Membership and Service

You can also add memberships for associations, societies, trades and more. Service can be used for significant donations of your time, money, or other resources to an organization or community. Examples include, elected board position, review editor, conference organizer, committee work, and more. To add to your profile, go to the Membership and Service section of your profile and select Add Service or Add Membership.

Research Resources

A newer feature, you can add specialized resources that you use to complete your research - such as a national laboratory facility, an observatory, or other specialized equipment. Research resources can only be added by a Trusted Organization, who will generally request your ORCID iD during the process. For more information on how to add these to your ORCID profile, visit the Research Resources page on the ORCID support site.

Collect and Connect

Collect and connect allows publishers, funders, and institutions to sync information with ORCID records: when you authorize a trusted party, you help validate the connections between you, your institution or funder, and your work. ORCID calls it "a set of resources and guidelines for ORCID integration and engagement." What does that mean for researchers? The more partners you authorize, the better the data sharing works, and the fewer times you have to enter information.

ORCID collect and connect diagram