Get an ORCID to give yourself a persistent digital identifier and distinguish yourself from other researchers
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What is ORCID?

An ORCID iD is a unique identifier that allows you to tie all your research together in one place. This allows you to disambiguate, track and share research with one simple URL.

The University of Kent supports and advocates the use of ORCID, as such an identifier is now mandatory for some internal processes - for example applying for promotion or HESA/REF submission.

An example ORCID page:

A video explaining ORCID

How do I get my ORCID iD?

Go to the ORCID website and look yourself up. If you're already there, link your ORCID to the University of Kent.

If you're not there, register for an ORCID:

  1. Go to the Kent IT Account management portal
  2. Click Create or Connect your ORCID
  3. Read the data use statement and, if you're happy with it, click Yes, I Agree
  4. Click Register now
  5. Follow this advice on how to register - please add multiple emails to your ORCID record to make sure you don't lose access if you change institutions and to avoid setting up a duplicate record​.
  1. From the Kent IT Account management portal click Create or Connect your ORCID.
  2. Read the data use statement and, if happy click Yes, I Agree.
  3. Click Register now.
  4. Your ORCID iD will now display on your page on the  Kent IT Account management portal and on your records in KAR.

Once you've registered

What's an ORCID iD for?

Your unique ORCID iD will belong to you throughout your scholarly career. It's a persistent identifier to:

  • distinguish you from other researchers
  • ensure consistent, reliable attribution of your work

You can use it for:

  • collating existing research in one location
  • submitting to journals
  • grant applications
  • professional society membership
  • linking with other identifiers and profiles
  • displaying on your CV
  • web page, social media and more

Why do I need one?

More and more funding organisations, professional bodies and publishers are using ORCID iDs, with support from external funding bodies like Jisc and ARMA.

This means you can often use your ORCID iD instead of manually submitting personal and citation information. That makes grant submissions easier and means you don't have to repeatedly enter the same information into various systems.

ORCID iDs are mandatory for all research active staff at Kent.


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