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ORCID for UCL researchers

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher.

You can connect your ORCID iD with your professional information - affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. You can use your identifier 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.

UCL encourages all researchers to use ORCID iDs. Funders like Wellcome Trust and the UK Research Councils now require or recommend the use of ORCID iDs, and systems like Researchfish and Je-S now also have ORCID capabilities. 

Once you have an ORCID iD, use it whenever you publish. Connect it to UCL's Research Publications Service (RPS), automatically sending publication records from RPS to ORCID, and claiming publications that contain your ORCID iD. Inside ORCID you can also link to DataCite, Scopus and Europe PMC.

If you use ORCID in your publications, this ensures that you get full credit for all of your work, be it books, articles, data or conferences, anything can be recorded. This is useful, not only because your name may be similar to another researcher but your ORCID record can be used to collate that information and make it easy to share.

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How do I connect my ORCID to RPS and enable send to ORCID?

UCL researchers should follow the instructions below to create an ORCID ID using RPS. If you already have an ORCID ID, you should still follow the same steps to ensure that your ORCID ID is connected to your RPS profile.

  1. Log in to UCL's Research Publications Service (RPS).
  2. Click on the Menu tab at the top of the page, then choose "ORCID Settings" from the "My Account" header. 
  3. If you have previously set up a connection between your ORCID record and RPS for auto-claiming, click on "Reconnect your ORCID iD".  If you haven't, click on "Register or Connect your ORCID iD".
  4. Register to create an ORCID iD, or sign in to your ORCID account if you already have one.
  5. Click "Authorize" to allow RPS to update your ORCID record.
  6. When you are sent back to RPS, choose the first option: "read from and write publication data to my ORCID account". Your existing and new publications will be sent to ORCID automatically within a day or two. 

After you set up send to ORCID, you will be presented with a few options. By default, RPS won't send journal articles with a status other than "published" or "published online", nor publications marked as private; you can change this here.  

Once your publications have been added to ORCID, you will see an option on "ORCID Settings" page to remove them. You can also combine, delete and edit them in your ORCID record. 

When you connect your ORCID iD to RPS, any new publications in your ORCID record will be added to RPS automatically. You can change the settings for auto-claiming by navigating to your Automatic Claiming page using the menu at the top of RPS. 

More detailed instructions can be found on our Guides page. If you have any questions about setting up or using your ORCID, please contact the Open Access Team.