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Adding and configuring ORCID in RPS

This page provides guidance on creating an ORCID iD in RPS, connecting an existing ORCID iD to RPS, and enabling the RPS 'send to ORCID' function.

ORCID iD is a persistent, unique digital identifier, which you can use throughout your career to maintain a permanent record of your professional information, including affiliations, grants, peer reviews and publications. UCL and many research funders encourage or mandate the use of ORCID IDs. Find out more on our ORCID for UCL researchers page. 

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 icon at the top left of the page, then choose 'ORCID Settings' under ‘My Profile’ and ‘Settings’ (My Profile > Settings > ORCID Settings)
  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 access' 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'. UCL recommends this, so that ORCID can help record your publications in RPS, and RPS can help keep your external list of publications up to date.
  7. Your existing and new publications will be sent to ORCID automatically within a day or two. 

* If you have previously set up a connection, and cannot change the type of authorisation (e.g. from 'read' to 'read and write') by reconnecting them, remove your ORCID from your Automatic claiming page (My Profile > Settings > Automatic Claiming) and follow the steps above to re-add it.

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, the system will incorporate it into its searches of databases, and records featuring the ORCID iD will be added your RPS publications list automatically. You can change the settings for auto-claiming by navigating to your Automatic Claiming page (My Profile > Settings > Automatic Claiming) using the menu at the top of RPS. RPS does not add entries directly from ORCID, but it is possible to export publications data from ORCID and import it to RPS (My Profile > Tools > Import Publications).

Further support

More detailed instructions can be found on our PDF guide: 

If you have any questions about setting up or using your ORCID, please contact the Open Access Team.