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Research Impact Challenge

Welcome to Day 1 of the Research Impact Challenge!
Online scholarly identities will be the focus of our first two challenges, and are reflected in other activities you will pursue this week. Creating and maintaining an online scholarly identity can enhance the visibility of your work, help you build your scholarly reputation, provide networking opportunities, and even help potential collaborators find you.

Today's Challenge:

Your first challenge is to create (or update) your ORCID profile.

What is an ORCID?
An ORCID is a unique, permanent identifier that aims to protect your scholarly identity and help you keep your publication record up-to-date with very little effort.


Why create an ORCID?
This 16-digit identifier distinguishes you from every other researcher and supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities. As you may have noticed, publishers, funding agencies, and others increasingly request an  ORCID, in order to ensure that publications, funding, and other forms of scholarly work are accurately associated with you.


Here's how to get started:
Setting up your ORCID profile will help you claim your correct, complete publication record. For this task, you'll register (or update) your ORCID.

First, head to and sign up for an ORCID account. At this step in the process, you’ll add very basic information like your name and email address, choose a default level of privacy for your profile, accept ORCID’s terms of use, and click “Register”.

If your name is already in the ORCID system, the site will prompt you to claim an existing profile or make a new one.

Congratulations! You now have an ORCID identifier. And, now you’re on your way to having an ORCID profile, too.

What's next?

1. Fill out additional sections of your ORCID profile so that others can verify who you are, and also learn more about you. 

First, add links to websites where you've got a scholarly profile.


image of ORCID profile option to edit websites associated with an author

On the left-hand menu on your main profile page, click the pencil “Edit” icon next to “Websites.”

In the fields that appear, add links to any professional profiles you’ve created so far, like LinkedIn or Google Scholar (no worries if you don't have a Google Scholar profile—more on that tomorrow!). Also add a link to your website, if you have one (this can be personal or institutional). Describe each link adequately enough so that your profile’s viewers know if they’re going to click a Google Scholar link vs. a ResearchGate link, and so on. Click “Save changes” when you’re done.






image of ORCID profile option to edit educational background

Finally, add your education credentials and employment history that might not have imported when you connected other services. Under each section, click the “Add” button, fill out as much descriptive information as you’re comfortable sharing, choose the level of privacy you’d prefer under the “Visibility” section in the bottom right of the pop-up box, and then click “Add to list” to commit it to your profile.


2. Complete your publication record

You can add publications (books, posters, journal articles, dissertations, theses, datasets, etc.) in several ways, including:

  • ORCID can draw from many research databases to import search results for your name. From your profile page, scroll down to Works and click "Add works." Then click "Search & link." Choose a relevant linking option from the list to link your works to ORCID (the CrossRef search is a good one to start with).

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  • Batch import your works using BibTex files. Note that most citation managers, like Mendeley, EndNote, and Zotero, can export works to a BibTex file, as can Google Scholar. Once you have exported a BibTex file, scroll to the "Works" section of your ORCID profile, click on "Add works", click "Import BibTex," upload your BibTeX file, and you’re done! If any duplicate records were imported with the BibTeX upload, you can delete them by clicking the trashcan icon next to the duplicate work’s title.

  • Manually add works by clicking the “Add manually” under your Works section and adding the publications one-by-one.

  • Delegate this work to a trusted organization or system! You can have other entities add works to your ORCID profile, such as journals you publish in or grants you receive. At the time of submission, you can include your ORCID identifier when prompted, and give permission for the organization or system to place the final output in your ORCID account. You can revoke permission at any time. Learn more via text and video.

    You can also delegate this work to a trusted individual.

3. Connect ORCID to other parts of your professional life

  • Take a moment to add your ORCID to your email signature, personal webpage, CV,, ResearchGate, Google Scholar, LinkedIn—anywhere you typically post your name, affiliation, and contact information.
    BONUS TIP: It’s a good idea to keep your ORCID on a sticky note where you work so you can easily find it and enter it when asked!
  • Don’t forget to use your ORCID whenever the opportunity arises! The more it is used, the more useful it will become as a tool to connect your scholarship across the web.

Learn more:


  • ORCID is institution-neutral. Your ORCID stays the same and travels with you no matter where you go. So, if you’re a graduate student at UMaine, go ahead and register your ORCID with your UMaine email address. Later, should your email address change, you can associate your new email address and identity with your existing ORCID. This way, ORCID’s record of your work and scholarly identity will remain stable, even if your affiliation, email address, or name changes.
  • ORCID privileges the autonomy, authority, and privacy of each researcher. That means that only you can register an ORCID on your own behalf (University of Maine cannot do this for you, nor can any other institution). Only you can control what information is visible on your ORCID profile and to whom. And only you can authorize third-party applications to read from or write to your ORCID profile.
  • With your permission, ORCID is ready and waiting to pull in information about your work from other sources, which can save time and effort when filling out your profile.

Already have an ORCID? 

  • Make sure it's up-to-date. Take a few minutes to add recent publications (broadly definedarticles, data, posters, etc.), or to fill out the descriptive information about you and your scholarly agenda.
  • Consider connecting ORCID to other parts of your professional life, like your email signature, personal webpage, CV, and the like (see point 3 in the What's Next section above).

Preparing for your next challenge:

Congratulations! You’ve completed Day 1 of the Research Impact Challenge! On Day 2, you'll claim (or update!) your Google Scholar profile.

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