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Connecting research and researchers

What is ORCID? 

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Signing up for an ORCID iD allows you to create a record containing all your professional information such as publications, grants and affiliations. ORCID is a global, not-for-profit organisation, supported by its member organisations, including LSE.  

What are the benefits of having 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. 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 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) and UKRI have integrated ORCID with their grants system.

Do I already 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.

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

See 'Why get an ORCID iD?' for a full list of the benefits of signing up.  

Go to Researcher FAQs for information on administrative aspects of setting up and maintaining an ORCID iD. 

Watch video tutorials to find out more about ORCID and setting up an ORCID iD. 

For information on the organisation, its aims and objectives, go to About ORCID.

ORCID and Pure — LSE's Current Research Information System

Which categories of LSE researcher can link their ORCID to Pure? 

All LSE research active staff can create the link. If you are an LSE PhD student, a visiting fellow or a member of Professional Services staff, we would still encourage you to create an ORCID — so that you have an identifier that uniquely distinguishes you, and your research outputs, from other researchers.

How do I link my ORCID to Pure?  

Watch the video (go to YouTube for the subtitled version) or follow the steps below. 

 Login to Pure using your LSE username and password. 

2. The first time you access Pure you should accept the terms of agreement.

3. Once logged in, open your Personal overview workspace (located under Personal) at the top of the workspace, click Edit profile… 

4. In the new tab or pop-up window, click on ‘Create or Connect your ORCID iD’, which is located under Personal identification. 

5. Read the ‘Connect with your ORCID iD’ disclaimer, and click proceed. 

6. You’ll now be redirected to the ORCID login page. 

a. If you have an account, you can log in with either your email or 16-digit ORCID iD and password.

b. If you do not have an account or cannot remember your password, click ‘register’ or ‘forgot your password’. 

7. Once logged in, you’ll be presented with an authorise access page. Read carefully before clicking ‘Authorize access’. 

8. You’ll now be redirected back to your Pure profile where you should see your ORCID iD and the message ORCID for ‘your name’ applied. 

9. Click save at the bottom to close the editor window. You have now linked your ORCID iD to Pure.

What does adding my ORCID to Pure enable LSE to do? 

By adding your ORCID to Pure, and by accepting the institution as a trusted source, you are enabling the School to read and write to your ORCID profile and to draw content directly from your ORCID profile into Pure (which populates LSE Research Online). 

If you choose to add your ORCID to Pure, the following information will be sent:

  • Other identifiers on your Pure profile (Scopus Author ID, Researcher ID, Digital Author ID).
  • Institutional affiliation, start date and (for former members of staff) end date.
  • Metadata relating to your publications, where the status is Published or Epub ahead of print, marked as public in Pure, and is pushed into LSE Research Online.

ORCID integration FAQs 

Connecting Pure

I cannot log into Pure, what do I do?

If, when entering your LSE username and password, you are unable to log in to Pure, please contact the Research and Innovation division at for assistance.

I cannot see the Personal workspace in Pure, how do I fix it?

If, after logging into Pure, you are unable to see the “Personal” menu/workspace, the likely cause is that you have no publications currently associated with your account. You can however enable the menu via your user profile settings. To do this, click on your username in the top menu bar. Under the profile menu, tick the box “Always show the personal workspace”, followed by clicking on the save button. 

Note: After enabling, you’ll need to log out to refresh the workspace. Once logged in again, the menu options should appear. If the above does not work, please contact the Research and Innovation division at

My Pure record already has an ORCID, do I need to do anything?

In some cases, the School has taken the liberty to enter ORCID iDs for staff. However, you may still need to authorise LSE as a ‘Trusted Party’ to enable us to interact with your record. You can tell whether further action is required based on the text directly below the ID, as it will state ‘Authorise export of content to ORCID’. 

How long will it take for new research outputs added to Pure to feed into my ORCID record?

New outputs will be added as part of a monthly update. This will take place on the 1st of each month, however, please note that for research outputs to be passed through the feed the status must be Epub ahead of print or Published, be marked as public in Pure and have been validated by the Library. Queries relating to this process can be sent to

Do I have to wait a month for updates to appear on my ORCID record?

No. As a user of Pure you have the ability to initiate an independent upload that is limited to only your research outputs. To achieve this, simply log into Pure via Click on Edit profile and select the option ‘Export’ which is located to the right of your ORCID iD. Following this, you can simply close the record, there is no need to save. On later review, your profile will show a ‘last exported’ date to indicate when content was last exported.

Follow the video guide to manually initiate an upload from Pure.


Managing your ORCID Record

Who curates ORCID records?

Ultimately, it is you, the researcher/academic, who manages your ORCID record. This means that you have full control over what content is displayed on your profile, including employment, education and qualifications, awards and prizes, funding and publications.

As a user, you can, however, grant permission to other ORCID members, either individual users or organisations, to view and/or add information to your record. The transfer of employment details from Pure to ORCID is limited to high level classifications and you may wish to edit ORCID manually to include more detailed employment information.  

How do I change the visibility of content on my ORCID profile?

ORCID provides two means by which users can change the visibility of content on their profile. The first is an individual toggle on each content type, which allows you to alter the setting between; everyone, trusted parties, and only me. 

Note: For publications, you can alter the visibility in bulk via the actions menu. 

 The alternative option is to change the global visibility setting in account settings. This can be accessed via the dropdown menu on your profile icon/name and by selecting “Account settings”. Under the “Defaults” section, expand the visibility accordion and select the preferred option. 

Note: The change only applies to new items. Existing content must be toggled manually from your profile page.

How do I manage multiple versions of the same work?

The same work can be added to your ORCID record from different sources and it can make your record more authoritative. Typically, when works have common identifiers (such as a DOI, ISBN, etc.), they are automatically grouped, as they represent the same item. However, many of these identifiers are case-sensitive, and so, much like a record without an identifier, they will not be grouped. 

To manage these multiple versions, you can make use of ORCID’s action menu, located at the top of the works accordion to combine works. To do this, simply, highlight the applicable works by ticking the tick box in the top left corner of the work card, followed by selecting the “Combine works” option from the actions menu. 

After a work has been combined, you’ll notice that the work will have a new “preferred source" section. Clicking on the blue text will expand the card to reveal the additional versions. From here you can change the preferred source, in other words, the displayed version. 

Trusted parties

What is a trusted organisation?

A trusted organisation has access to your ORCID record with the ability to create and/or update content. 

When connecting your profile to an external organisation’s system, you will be asked to grant permission to that organisation, to interact with your ORCID account. 

Note: If you choose to grant permission to LSE via Pure, you’ll be enabling the School to export content from Pure directly into your ORCID profile. This content is limited to identifiers (such as Scopus Author ID, Researcher ID), organisational affiliation details and publication details that match pre-defined criteria.

What is a trusted individual?

A trusted individual has access to your ORCID record with the ability to create and/or update content. 

You can grant permission to one or more trusted individuals to update your ORCID record, acting as a delegate or proxy user for managing your account. Such users do not need to be another researcher, but they do need to have their own ORCID account to be delegated rights.  

Trusted individuals will be able to edit any information on your record, except for content that requires you to enter your ORCID password, including adding email addresses, resetting your password, and deleting your account. 

To see who currently has access to your record, go to trusted parties, located under your account menu. On this page, you’ll be presented with a list of trusted organisations and trusted individuals, the date access was granted, and a revoke access option.  

How do I add/remove access to a trusted organisation?

For trusted organisations, you will only be able to grant access via third-party systems relating to manuscript submissions, grants applications, or via Pure. Therefore, this page can only be used to revoke access to trusted organisations. 

How do I add/remove access to a trusted individual?

For trusted individuals, the trusted parties page is broken down into three sections: 

1. A list of trusted individuals you’ve given access to. 

2. A search function to add new trusted individuals. 

3. A list of users that set you as their trusted individual. 

To add new trusted individuals to your account, simply enter the ORCID iD, email address, or name of the person you wish to grant access to, and then click “Search ORCID for trusted individuals”. ORCID will present a list of users that fit your criteria. Click on “+ Add as trusted individual” to any one of these users. 

To revoke access to a trusted individual, the process is much the same as trusted organisations. Simply click on “Revoke access” located to the far right on a trusted individual’s record. 

Need help? 

For questions about or problems with accessing Pure contact: 

For questions relating to the publications added to your ORCID by LSE contact:  

For general questions, in the first instance please contact your Department Librarian.