What is ORCiD?

The ORCID iD is a unique identifier that researchers can use to distinguish themselves from other researchers and connect with their grants, works, and affiliations. ORCiD is the de-facto international standard for researcher unique identifiers, and is used in many key research processes such as submission of manuscripts, application for grants, and management of research information. ORCiD identifiers are now mandated by many funding and research institutions in order to aid their internal record keeping and processes in this way.

What are the connections between Dimensions and ORCiD?

Dimensions is using ORCID, amongst other information, to aid researcher disambiguation and to provide additional information about researchers. Separately, researchers can also use Dimensions to add publications to their ORCID record with one click, and with the ÜberWizard we provide another free and open service which allows researchers to add grants to their ORCID record quickly and easily.

How can I claim publications for my ORCiD record through Dimensions?

As a researcher you can now use Dimensions to add publications to your ORCID record. Instructions:

Make sure you’re signed in to Dimensions. If you are not signed in already, sign in or create an account and then sign in.

Authenticate with ORCID. Click on your name in the top navigation bar and select “Connect with ORCID”. Follow the instructions: You will be asked to login to ORCID and grant Dimensions access to your ORCID record, allowing us to update your record.

Claim papers. On both the publication results list and all publication details pages you will see buttons “Add to ORCID”. You can now search for specific publications or your name to find your publications in Dimensions. Claim publications individually by clicking the “Add to ORCID” button.

This functionality is currently only available with publications data. The ability to add other work to ORCiD from Dimensions, such as grants, patents and clinical trials, is coming soon.

If I add publications to my ORCiD profile through linking my ORCiD to Dimensions, will they automatically be added to my researcher profile page in Dimensions?

No, this is not the case. ORCiD is only one source of information that we are using to aid our researcher disambiguation and we are not able to simply "copy over" the publications from ORCiD records for researcher profile pages. However, having a fully updated ORCiD record with the information set to be publicly available will mean that you have the best chance of being represented accurately in a single researcher profile with the correct publications assigned.