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An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) ID is a persistent and unique digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers.
Your ORCID ID will always be associated with you when you change your name or move to a different employer. It will NOT be affected by cultural difference of name order and inconsistent name abbreviations.
An increasing number of publishers, funding agencies and research institutions are adopting ORCID.
It is free and easy to obtain your ORCID ID. You can use your personal email or your KSU email to register.
But please do NOT stop here! Please take time to add your employment history (at least your current employer, which is KSU), your education, and your publications. You will enhance the visibility of your own research by listing your publications!
There are four main ways to add your works in ORCID:
PROS: You will register for an account with ResaercherID/Publons and claim your own publications. As a result, there will be no mistakes with your publications.
CONS: The coverage of Web of Science varies with disciplines. Its coverages for hard sciences (chemistry, biology and physics) are good to excellent. But its coverages for mathematics and engineering are moderate. Some of your publications may not be indexed in Web of Science.
PROS: In general, Scopus indexes more journals (especially international journals), conference proceedings and books/book chapters.
CONS: Scopus Author IDs are assigned to authors when there is more than one publication for an author. Consequently, there can be mistakes. For example:
Your publications could be mixed up with a different researcher, if it happens that there is another researcher with a similar name in your research area.
You can find multiple Scopus author IDs under your name (with your previous employer or your graduate school instituation), when the algorithm of Scopus could not determine whether these multiple author profiles belong to the same person.
Scopus customer services can be contacted to correct the error of mixed-up publications, and merge multiple author IDs.
Any documents with a DOI (Digital Document Identifier) can be imported.
Google Scholar citations can be imported into ORCID this way.
1. I already obtained the number for my ORCID ID. Shouldn't it be enough?
Without your employment history, education and publications, it will be very difficulty to confirm your identity. Please take time to add the above information of yourself.
2. My publications/book chapters are not indexed in a major database. How do I add them to my ORCID ID profile?
You can add them manually (please see the procedure in the "How to add your works" section).
3. When I was importing my works from Scopus, why does my affiliation still show my previous employer/the institution where I received my graduate degree?
Your affiliation in Scopus will NOT be updated until you publish with KSU as your employer. But you can always update your employment information in your ORCID profile.
4. How do I add my works from Google Scholar?
You will import them as a BibTeX file (please see the procedure in the "How to add your works" section).
5. Will my ORCID ID profile be updated automatically?
No. Please take time to update your publications once or twice a year.
6. Can I ask somebody else to manage my ORCID ID profile?
Yes. You can add a trusted individual to mange and update your records on your behalf. Please be aware that your delegates must own their own ORCID IDs.
7. I am an undergraduate/a new graduate student and have not published yet. What works can I add to my ORCID ID profile?
You choose how to represent yourself! Did you author any reports/datasets? Did you present at a professional conference? Please continue to the answer to Question 8.
8. How do I add my conference presentations or posters to my ORCID ID profile?
Please deposit your presentation Powerpoint slides or posters in OAKS (Open Access Kent State). Once accepted, your document will be assigned a DOI. Then you can add it to your ORCID Profile.