Research Week daily task: ORCiD

ORCIDWhat is an ORCiD?

Using an ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) identifier allows you to be uniquely identified and connected with your research activities. Your ORCiD will follow you throughout your career and can be linked to your outputs, research funding and other research-related activities.

ORCiDs can also work with other identifiers such as ResearcherID and Scopus ID.

ORCiDs are extremely useful: when properly managed your ORCiD provides a single reference point for your research portfolio. This will save you time when applying for grants, reporting to funders, and showcasing your track record, for example.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow are strongly recommended to register for an ORCiD. It is also increasingly required by funders and publishers. It is likely that having an ORCiD will be required for future REF exercises.

Your daily task

Step 1: Login to Enlighten

Head to Enlighten: Publications. Once there, click My Publications > Login. Login with your GUID and password.

Step 2: Create an ORCiD (skip to step 3 if you already have an ORCiD)

Once logged in, click My Publications > Connect to ORCID. Click Register now. Once you have registered, proceed to set 3.

When you have created your ORCiD via Enlighten an ORCiD badge is displayed next to your name in publications. For research and teaching staff your ORCiD will also be displayed on your University staff profile page.

Step 3: Connect your ORCiD iD to Enlighten

Under My Publications, click ‘Manage ORCID Permissions’. Click ‘Create or Connect your ORCID iD’. Log in to your ORCiD account and allow the University of Glasgow permission to read and publish to your ORCiD account.

Once complete you should be redirected to Enlighten and be greeted with the message ‘Permissions successfully updated for user: [your name]’.

Step 4: Manage ORCiD permissions

You can manage how ORCiD connects with Enlighten using the ‘Manage ORCID permissions’ button under My Publications. We recommend that at a minimum you tick the box ‘Create and update activities on your ORCID record’.

Step 5: Beyond Enlighten

Any new publications added to Enlighten will now be added to your ORCiD account, but why stop there?

Why not connect your ORCiD to Researchfish so that your publications are automatically added to your personal portfolio in Researchfish, or display your grants on your ORCiD profile using UberWizard.

Help and support

If you need any assistance contact the Enlighten team at

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