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Scholarly Impact 5-Day Challenge

This guide will help you get started in improving your online scholarly impact so that your work will reach a wider audience

Enhanced ORCID Information

NOTE: A greatly expanded ORCID guide for Emory researchers is available, but the information below is still valid if you just need basic instructions. 

Day 1: Register with ORCID

What is ORCID? ORCID gives you your own persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities to ensure that your work is recognized -- and attached to you!

Today's challenge can be covered in three basic steps:

  1. Register for an ORCID iD -- It's free and easy.
  2. Add your works.
  3. Use your ORCID iD.

Already have an ORDIC iD? Skip to the bottom of this page to see suggestions for other ORCID-related activities.

STEP 1: Register for an ORCID iD

Click HERE to register for an ORCID iD

Very important! When registering, make sure to click on "EVERYONE" in the "Visibility Settings" portion of the form. Doing so will make your research more visible and discoverable. Note: your email address(es) are always kept private. More info here


Why register? Your ORCID iD . . . 

  • Distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you, especially if you have a common name, have published under different versions of your name (e.g., John T. Smith, J. Thomas Smith, J. T. Smith), or have changed your name.
  • Reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations.
  • Reduces form-filling -- enter data once, reuse it often.
  • improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs.
  • Is interoperable -- it works with many institutions, funders, and publishers.
  • Is persistent -- you can use it throughout your research career.

STEP 2: Add Your Info

You can add info in three ways: 

  • Link your works from another system (recommended).
  • Import a BibTeX file of your works.
  • Enter your works manually.

To link your works from another system, choose Search & Link from the Add Works portion of your ORCID record. You can then select a database that's likely to contain most of your published work. We recommend CrossRef as a great interdisciplinary choice; it will have all bibliographic info for works with a DOI. See this ORCID explainer or watch this video for more detailed instructions. 


ORCID strongly recommends using its Search & Link wizard since it will reduce or eliminate data transposition errors, and also enable a reliable link between your ORCID iD and your works. You can certainly use the other two options, however, if Search & Link will not work for you (e.g., your journal article does not have a DOI and is not included in any of the available databases). 

STEP 3: Use Your ORCID iD

Tips for maxing out your ORCID usability:

  • On the ORCID sign-in page, click on Institutional Account to log in -- you don't have to remember another password! Just type in "Emory" and you will be directed to Emory's single sign-on page. 
  • Make your works public for maximum visibility and discoverability -- very important!
  • Add your basic biographical info, for example, education and affiliation(s), and make it public. 
  • Add name variants you have used in the past.
  • Use your ORCID iD when prompted in processes such as manuscript submission and grant proposals and reporting.
  • Link your ORCID iD to (or include it in your profile for) other services, including ResearcherIDfigshare, and your professional organizations.
  • Include your ORCID on conference posters (generate a QR code, if you like, right from your ORCID record page) to direct people to your works.
  • Consider including your ORCID iD on your webpage, in social media accounts, and in your email signature.

To display your ORCID iD in various digital and analog locations, use these tools that can be found on your record, just under your name: