Create your ORCID Researcher ID

Use your ORCID iD, when prompted, in systems and platforms from grant application to manuscript submission and beyond, to ensure you get credit for your contributions.

1- Obtain your ORCID Identifier 

Before creating your ORCID iD, first check if you already have one, via the search engine on site. You may have created an ORCID identifier, for example by publishing in a journal that uses it, and then forgotten about it.

  • Existing users
    • On the webpage:
    • Search for your name in the “Registry” box on the top right corner of the page
    • If your name appears, make sure it really refers to you

    If you have previously created an ORCID account, and you wish to retrieve your ID

    • Sign in with your registered email address, or ORCID iD.
    • If you forgot your password, retrieve it via "Forgotten your password"
    • You can also sign in with a social media account such as Google or Facebook

    Manual users page 5 § 2.1

    Do you have more than one account?

  • New user

    If you are new to ORCID and haven't got an ORCID account, register on in 3 easy steps.

    • Click on the button “register now”.
    • Input your name, email, and create an ORCID password.
    • Choose the visibility setting: everyonetrusted parties, or only me.
    • Your ORCID iD is always publicly visible, and you control the visibility settings for all other content in your ORCID
    • "Check the box” to accept Terms of Use. Then click on the “Register” button to complete the process.

      Manual users page 6 § 2.2Register your ORCID ID

      • After registration, you can add your publications into your ORCID profile and synchronize your ORCID ID with your “MyUnifr” account from page

      Manual users page 39 §9.1 & 9.1Linking ORCID to UNIFR

  • Visibility settings

    When you register:

    • the default visibility setting of your name is everyone;
    • the default visibility setting of your email address(es) is only me.

    You can immediately update the visibility of these items after registration by changing the visibility selector next to them.

    You can update your default visibility settings for any new information added to your ORCID record in the visibility preferences tab of your ORCID account settings.

    There are three visibility settings: everyone, trusted parties, or only me.

    • Everyone : Information marked as everyone can be viewed by anyone who comes to the "" website.                       

    • Trusted parties : Limited-access information that can be seen by any organisation or individual whom you have granted access to your ORCID record. These connections require explicit action on your part.

    Once you have granted permission, the trusted organization will be able to see information that you have set as visible to trusted parties in addition to the information set as visible to everyone.

    • Only me : Private information can only be seen by you and trusted individuals you have granted access to help administer your ORCID record on your behalf.

    Manual users page 10 §3.3 to 3.

    Visibility settings

  • Delegate the management of your profile in ORCID

    You can delegate the management of your profile to another person, designated as a trusted individual. This person must be registered with ORCID. The designated trusted person will be able to update all sections of your profile.

    • Log in to your ORCID account
    • Go to your “Account settings”, on the top right of the page under your name
    • Scroll down to the section “Trusted individuals

    • Find the person's account by entering their name, email or ORCID iD;
    • Click “Search” to the right of the person's name;
    • You can revoke a delegation at any time. Simply click on the trash icon to the right of the trusted name;
    • The person designated as trusted individual can switch between his/her account and the account entrusted to him/her.

    Manual users page 11 §3.7

    Add a trusted individual to your account

2- Setup your ORCID Profile

Your name, published name, research keywords, email address and biography need to be added manually, but all other fields can be populated by connecting your iD with other information systems.

  • Add a backup email

    Don’t be locked out. Register at least two email addresses, including a permanent personal email, so you don't lose access to your record.

    • In “Account Settings” click “Edit” next to "Email and notification preferences";
    • Add your permanent email and click “Add”;
    • A verification email will be sent to that address. Check your email and click on the link to verify;
    • In your record, set your primary email;
    • Decide which can be seen by everyone, trusted parties, or just yourself.

    Manual users page 10 § 3.6

    backup email

  • Add keywords to your ORCID record

    Add keywords which describe your research activities. You can enter as many keywords as you wish, and each keyword can be up to 100 characters long.

    • Log in to your account;
    • click on the pen next to “Keywords” on the left-hand column;
    • Enter your keywords;
    • Set up the “visibility”.

    keyword search is an option for searching the ORCID Registry.

    Manual user’s page 12 §3.9

    Add keywords

  • Add and edit your name

    Choose how you prefer your name to appear at the top of your ORCID record. You can use an initial or second family name, names you may be known by. This can include an abbreviated first name, variants including middle name(s), former or alternate name(s), or name(s) in a different character set. You can add as many other names as needed.

    • Log in to your account;
    • Click on the pen next to "Also known as" on the left-hand column;
    • Add each name as a single item;
    • You can change the order of display using the up and down buttons;
    • and set the visibility of each individual name.

    Manual user’s page 14 §3.10

    Add and edit your name

  • Add other person identifiers

    Person identifiers are other identifiers that systems use to identify you, such as ResearcherID or Scopus Author ID.

    Person identifiers can only be added by trusted organizations;

    Some identifiers are added when you connect to systems using the Search and Link wizards from your personal ORCID record: ISNI, Scopus Author ID, Publons,….

    Manual user’s page 15 § 3.11

    Add person identifiers

  • Add links to personal websites

    You can add links to web pages such as your personal website, department profile, Wikipedia page, or social media accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and others. You may reorder the list as you wish.

    • Log in to your account;
    • Click on the pen next to " Websites & Social Links" on the left-hand column;
    • Add a short “description” of the site;
    • Add the “URL” to the site;
    • You can change the order of display using the up and down buttons;
    • and set the visibility of each individual site.

    Manual user’s page 15 §3.12

    Add links to personal websites

3- Add your biography

You complete your ORCID record by adding your education and qualification, your employment information, your invited position and distinction and your membership and service.

assert your affiliation

  • Add your Biography

    You can add a brief biography to your ORCID record to provide a narrative description about you and your research career and interests.

    The biography field is a plain-text field. It is limited to 5000 characters.

    • Log in to your account;
    • Click on the pen next to " Biography";
    • Enter the text in the dedicated box;
    • and set the visibility.

    Add a biography to your ORCID record

  • Add your Employment

    The "Employment" section contains information about your employment within an organisation, as well as details about that organisation. You can add the name of the organisation (as you type it in, the system will automatically suggest options from a pre-populated list.), the City, the State/region, the Country, Department, Role/Title, start date, end date and URL.

    • Log in to your account;
    • Scroll to “Add employment”;
    • Fill the information;
    • and set the visibility.

    Add employment information

  • Add your qualification and education

    You can add information about your education or qualifications. Each affiliation includes the organization’s name and location, and the date that the affiliation started.

    In the “Education” section add information about an academic higher education program. This can be in progress or unfinished (no end date). Education includes: Undergraduate degree, Graduate degree, Masters degree and Doctorate degree.

    In the “Qualification” section add information about a professional or vocational accreditation, certification, or training program. This can be in progress or unfinished (no end date). Qualification includesProfessional and continuing education qualifications, training or certification.

    • Log in to your account;
    • Scroll to “Education and Qualifications”;
    • Choose the right section Education or Qualification;
    • Fill the information;
    • and set the visibility.

    Add an education or qualification

  • Add invited position and distinction

    Invited positions and Distinctions describe formal relationships – outside of employment – between a person and an organization.

    In Invited position add invited non-employment affiliation include: Honorary fellow, Fellow member, Guest researcher, Emeritus professor, Visiting lecturer.

    In Distinction add honorary and other awards received include: Trophies, Cash prizes, Non-cash prizes, Medals, Honorary degrees, Honorary member.

    • Log in to your account
    • Scroll to “Invited positions and distinctions”.
    • Choose the right section Invited positions or distinctions
    • Fill the information
    • and set the visibility.

    Add an invited position or distinction

  • Add service and membership

    Add Membership if you are a member of a society or association or trade industry regardless of whether you pay for your membership.

    Honorary memberships and fellowships, should be listed under Invited positions and Distinctions.

    Under Service you can include voluntary work such as : Volunteer society officer, Elected board position, Standards body member, Expert panel member, Editorial board member, Review editor, Study group member, Conference organizer, Conference panel chair, Committee work,…

    • Log in to your account;
    • Scroll to “Membership and Service;
    • Selection the right topic Membership or Service;
    • Fill the information;
    • and set the visibility.

    Add and edit membership or service

  • Add funding

    Add information about grants, awards, or other types of funding that you have received to support your research. Trusted organisations can also add/update this information if you give them permission to do so.

    • Log in to your account;
    • Under “Funding”, go to “Add funding” then “Search & link”;
    • Select “DimensionsWizard”;
    • Granting authorization;
    • In Dimensions website, search for grants you have received and link them to your ORCID record;
    • and set the visibility.

    Add funding information

Contact person:

Dr Efrain Ochoa Martinez
+41 26 300 73 35


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How to register 

Step by step on the ORCID record.  3 min

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How to edit your name

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