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Connecting research and researchers

Distinguish yourself from every other researcher. An ORCID identifier is unique to you and will help you get credit for your work.

What is ORCID?

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other research contributor and supports automated linkages among all your professional activities. ORCID is a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars that is open, non-proprietary, transparent, mobile, and community-based. Over 800 LSE researchers have signed up for an ORCID iD.

Why should I have an ORCID iD?

Your ORCID iD is permanently linked only to you. If you change institution anywhere in the world you take it with you.

  • With an ORCID iD you can ensure all your grants, publications and outputs are correctly attributed to you.
  • Unlike employer or publisher identifiers, your ORCID record is managed by you and stays with you throughout your career.
  • ORCID recognises that you own your record of contributions. You can maintain all of your key information in one place, and you control item-level privacy settings, including what information is displayed publicly, what is shared only with trusted partners, and who those trusted partners are. 
  • An ORCID iD is now essential for an increasing number of grant applications (including Wellcome Trust and NIHR). Research Councils UK have integrated ORCID with their grants system, Je-S, and HEFCE are considering the use of ORCID identifiers in REF 2021. 



How do I know if I have an ORCID iD?

If you try to register with the same email address as before, ORCID will ask you to log in rather than register; at this stage you can request to reset your password for that email address.  However if you register with a different email address, ORCID will assume you are a different person.

If you later discover you have more than one ORCID iD, please contact us so we can arrange for ORCID to merge your iDs so you only have one.

Registering for an ORCID iD

Creating an ORCID iD is fast, simple, and free of charge. It takes 30 seconds to register, and you only need to enter your name and email address and create a password to get started. Privacy settings for your ORCID Record are in your control.

  1. Visit the ORCID registration page and sign up for an ORCID account.
  2. At this step in the process, you’ll add very basic information like your name and LSE email address. You can also choose the level of privacy for your profile, accept ORCID’s terms of use, and click ‘Register’.
  3. If your name is already in the ORCID system, you’ll then be prompted to claim an existing profile or make a new one.

When will I use my ORCID iD?

When applying for a grant or submitting an article for publication with a funder or publisher that has integrated with the ORCID registry, connect your iD by logging in with ORCID. You can also add it to your CV, your departmental profile page and your email signature.

Further information

What makes ORCID different from other researcher IDs and profiles?

It's being adopted worldwide by researchers, universities, funding organisations and publishers and can be integrated with institutional and publisher systems.

What should I do if I’ve got two ORCID iDs?

As the point of the ORCID iD is that it is unique to you, it is best to try to make sure that you only register once. If you do find that you have duplicate records, contact ORCID support to resolve the problem.

How much information do I have to add to my ORCID profile?

It is entirely up to the owner of the ORCID iD to decide how much information is added and how much of this is publically visible. As a bare minimum, it is probably advisable to add variants of your name, some keywords about your research area, your current affiliation and possibly a link to your LSE profile webpage. This will help others make sure that they have the correct ORCID iD if they are trying to discover your work.

How do I import my citations into ORCID?

With your permission, ORCID will import articles from Scopus, Web of Science, Europe PubMed Central and CrossRef, among others. Simply login to ORCID, click the Link Works button in the Works section of your profile, then click the link to the resource from which you want to import citations. Only citations with a unique identifier will be imported (e.g., DOI, ISBN).

We recommend that you permit the CrossRef Metadata Search to add publications to your ORCID record. This means that when your publisher adds your ORCID iD to the metadata of your article, it will be automatically added to your profile.

I’ve already added all of my publications to LSE Research Online. Do I have to do it all over again?

You can easily import your citations from LSE Research Online to your ORCID record in just a few clicks.

1. Browse to advanced search on LSE Research Online.

2. Enter your surname into the "Creators" field and export the results as BibTeX.

3. Save the next page to your desktop so you can find it easily. Go to your ORCID record and click “Add works - Import BibTeX” and select the file you created earlier.

Citations for everything from LSE Research Online will now appear in your ORCID record. You should check each one for any mistakes and formatting errors.

Can I manually add citations to my ORCID record? 

Yes. Simply login to ORCID and click the Add Work Manually button in the Works section of your ORCID record. This will display a template for you to enter citation information and set access control on this item.

When do I need to use my ORCID iD?

Publishers may ask for your ORCID ID when you submit a manuscript, and the option to include your ORCID ID in your application is now available from major funders such as the Research Councils UK and Wellcome Trust.

Do I have to add my publications to my ORCID iD profile?

No, you can use your ORCID ID as a digital identifier without adding information to your ORCID profile page. However, curating your publication list in your ORCID profile makes it easy to export a list for resumes and applications.

Will LSE create an ORCID iD for me? 

No, you will need to register yourself. You can however designate a Trusted Individual to edit your profile on your behalf.

What happens if I leave LSE?

Your ORCID iD remains the same and travels with you. Update your email address in your profile settings.

Where can I learn more? 


Workshops and drop-in sessions at LSE Library

We offer regular ORCID workshops and drop-in sessions.

Find out about the next ORCID training session..

You can also contact us if you have a small research group seeking an informative session outside of the advertised times.


For further questions and support please email Camilla Griffiths.

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ORCID workshops at LSE Library

We offer regular ORCID workshops and drop-in sessions.

Find out about the next ORCID session 

Contact us by email if you have a small group seeking a session outside of advertised times.