ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor ID

How ORCID promotes YOUR scholarship

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ORCID Resources: Learn More

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

Register for an ORCID iD and Link It to Your UNC ID

Register for an ORCID iD and link your new or existing ORCID iD to your UNC ID (PID) at the UNC-Chapel Hill ORCID Creation and Connection Portal (Portal). ORCID registration is free and takes less than a minute. The Portal will take you to the ORCID website to login to your ORCID account or create one if you do not have one. To create an ORCID iD / account:

  • 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 iD will look like “orcid.org/0000-0003-1079-1779.”

Go to "My ORCID Record" under the "For Researchers" tab to start importing your works (see box below) and adding to your profile.

If you think you may already have an ORCID iD, but don't know the number or have multiple ORCID iDs 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 Sign-In

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 lose access to your Institutional account once you graduate or leave UNC .  

You can then link your personal ORCID 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 login to ORCID with your ONYEN and password it will prompt you to link your personal ORCID account to your institutional account.    NOTE: this linking step is separate and unrelated to the linking of your ORCID iD and your UNC ID (PID) that you complete at the UNC-Chapel Hill ORCID Creation and Connection Portal.

Import Works to ORCID

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

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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.

Search and link works to ORCID profile screenshot

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.

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2. Import BibTex

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

It is best practice to setup and authorized ORCID partner organizations like Scopus, CrossRef, DataCite and others to add your works to your ORCID profile whenever possible so that the information is validated and complete.  If there are cases where you need to add 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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