ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor ID

How ORCID promotes YOUR scholarship


For more information on ORCID, please check out the resources linked below:

ORCID Registration

Register for your ORCID on the ORCID website. The registration is free.

  • fill in all the required fields on the form
  • check the box next to “I’m not a robot”
  • check the box to accept the terms and conditions
  • click the “register” button at the bottom to submit the completed form

Once you have registered, your ORCID will look like “orcid.org/0000-0003-1079-1779.”

Go to "my ORCID record" under the For Researcher tab to start importing your works (see box below) and adding to your profile.

If you think you may already have an ORCID, but don't know the number or have multiple ORCIDs please contact ORCID support.

Creating an Orcid Profile: Personal Vs Institutional Accounts

Upon opening the ORCID homepage, click on the Sign In button in the top right hand corner.  

Orcid Sign In Button

If you have never signed in before you have two options: a personal account or an institutional. account.

 Orcid Personal Account or Institutional Account

It is recommended to create a Personal Account when you register for the first time.  This is to avoid getting locked out of your account if you loose access to your Institutional account once you graduate or leave UNC .  

You can link your personal account to your UNC ONYEN account by clicking the Institutional account tab.  It will ask you for your affiliation and you can search for UNC-Chapel Hill.  Once you log in to with you ONYEN and password it will prompt you to link your personal account to your institutional account.    

Import Works to ORCID

In your ORCID profile, you have three options to add your works "search & link," "import BibTeX" and "add manually":

1. Search & link

If you already use one or more of the following listed tools, “search and link” will be the best way for you to import your works to your ORCID profile. Please click on a preferred tool to start.

ORCID will ask you to authorize the chosen tool to access to your ORCID record. Please click the "Authorize" button to proceed. Follow the instructions on the website of your chosen tool to identify your works. After you finish, your works will be sent to your ORCID profile automatically.​ ORCID allows you to try one or several of the "search & link" tools, sequentially. You may choose to allow Trusted Parties to update or add to your record.  For more information, check ORCID support on Link Works.


2. Import BibTex

If you choose to import your works from a reference management tool, please make sure to export your works from the reference management software in BibTex format. BibTex is supported by most reference management software, such as EndNote, Refworks, Mendeley, and Zetero. Check here for more information about reference management software.

How to import your works to ORCID from your preferred reference management tools:

  • Export your works in BibTex format from your preferred reference management tool and save it on your computer
  • Log into your ORCID profile and import the saved BibTex file by choosing the "Import BibTex" option
  • If you have questions see ORCID support on Import Works

For details of exporting instructions for reference management tools, please check the following links:


3. Add manually

If you prefer to adding your works to your ORCID profile manually, choose the "Add manually" option and follow the instructions on the ORCID webpage.

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Questions? Contact the UNC ORCID Team

Contact the UNC ORCID Team with any questions or issues that you may have.

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