An ORCID® iD is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Having a unique identifier ensures that the bibliometric data about you and your body of work is accurate and correctly linked to your researcher profile. It also improves the visibility of the research. Hear why researchers value having an ORCID (video).
Register for an ORCID identifier
You need to register for an ORCID identifier. Leeds staff and students can do this through:
- ORCID's website
- Symplectic (University publications database) – go to “My Actions”, select “Add ORCiD” and register your details.
- Employee Self-Service (staff only) – go to the ORCID ID tab, select “Create and connect your ORCID id” and enter your personal details.
If you require help with any of the University systems, please contact the IT service desk.
How do I link my ORCID identifier to University systems?
The University would like you to link your ORCID identifier to your staff profile (via Employee Self Service) and your Symplectic profile.
To link from Employee Self Service, go to the ORCID tab and select “Connect your ORCID Id”. Make sure you check the box that says “Allow this permission until I revoke it.”
To link from Symplectic, go to “Add ORCID”, select “Re-connect your ORCID ID”, enter your username and password, and select “Allow this permission until I revoke it”.
Symplectic will treat your ORCID account as a source of publications data, and the presence of an ORCID identifier will lead to improved auto-claiming of publications for you. However, you should continue to manually add details of all newly accepted outputs to Symplectic to meet REF open access requirements.
Why should I use an ORCID identifier?
Having an ORCID identifier can be particularly useful in overcoming problems with:
- inconsistent name formats
- legal name changes
- very similar names
- common names
You can include your ORCID identifier in the author details of new articles that you publish, and also link previously published work to your ORCID profile. It can also be transferred with you if you move to a different institution by simply updating your affiliation and contact details on your ORCID profile page.
The University publications policy encourages researchers to register for an ORCID identifier. It is also a requirement for any grant applications to the Wellcome Trust and NIHR. Other funders such as RCUK recommend their use. From 2016 the University will be asked for ORCID identifiers in HESA returns.
Step-by-step guidance is available in the following quick start guides:
- Create and connect ORCID iDs through Employee Self- Service (PDF)
- Create and connect ORCID iDs through Symplectic (PDF)