ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides unique alphanumeric codes that identify particular academic authors. This is a permanent identifier that will follow you through the course of your career.

Why should I get an ORCID ID?

An ORCID ID allows others to easily distinguish your work from that of other researchers, especially those with similar names. It also allows your work to be identified if you change your name later in your career, where different naming conventions are used (e.g. surname-name/name-surname) or if you are inconsistent with your use of middle initials. This is important for bibliographic databases (such as SCOPUS, Web of Science, and PubMed), as well as the UWL Repository, as it will help to ensure you get the credit for the research you produce.

ORCID IDs are internationally recognised as a standard identifier, with over 3,000,000 IDs now issued. They are mandated by a growing range of funders and publishers, including: NIHR, Wellcome Trust, PLOS, eLife, IEEE, Science, Wiley, Hindawi, JMIR and Frontiers.

If you complete your ORCID profile fully, adding your personal details and publication record, this will reduce duplication of effort in some submission systems (e.g. for journals and grants).

All UWL researchers should sign-up for and use ORCIDs as required by the UWL Publications Policy.

Where can I use My ORCID ID?

You can use your ORCID ID in an increasing number of grant and journal submission systems.

You can also add your ORCID ID to UWL Repository deposits (a space for your ORCID ID is provided next to the author fields).

How to sign up for an ORCID ID

You can sign up for an ORCID in two ways. The simplest way is to navigate to https://orcid.org/signin and then click to sign in using your 'Institutional Account'. Search for University of West London when prompted to find your institution and it will allow you to link your UWL account to ORCID, using your usual UWL log-in details.

Alternatively you can navigate to https://orcid.org/register and register your details manually.