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Persistent unique identifiers are used to distinguish you from every other researcher, to ensure that you are credited for your work and avoid confusion. They also save a lot of time when searching for authors with similar names. They are used in a variety of places and can increasingly be linked to other identifiers and tools that help you manage your research.


  • Used in citation databases and altmetrics
  • Link to other identifiers e.g. Scopus, LinkedIn, arXiv
  • Travels with you throughout your career
  • Required by publishers, repositories and funders
  • Free to register and create your own profile

ORCID session in the Department of Chemistry course materials.

Link your Symplectic and ORCiD profiles

Here is a guide on how to do this.

A video 'Linking your Symplectic and ORCiD Profiles' has also been created by the Office of Scholarly Communication. There is further information about ORCID and instructions on how to link your ORCID to Symplectic on this Research Information page.

The Research Information team have also created a Research Information Moodle which is designed to help you to find out how to use the various research information tools provided by the University, such as Symplectic, and how to get the most out of them. Whether you are just getting started, have specific questions, or are ready to analyse the data in more detail, the guides provided on the Research Information Moodle aim to help.

Link your ORCiD to other profiles

Your ORCiD will become much more powerful and useful if you link it to other profiles you may have. Please see the ORCiD Help website for instructions and further information on which identifiers ORCiD can link to.

How to find an author's ORCiD

Use the search bar at top of the ORCiD website home page (make sure that 'The ORCiD Registry' button is selected). You can also try Google and citation databases.

Further information

Watch this video A Quick Tour of the ORCID record which will quickly walk you through how to reset your password, add your place of employment, add academic credentials, use the Search & Link wizard to add publications.

A Quick Tour of the ORCID Record from ORCID on Vimeo.

If your papers have been indexed by Web of Science you should already have a ResearcherID. To find out what yours (or another author's) is perform a member search at

You can request a ResearcherID by visiting First, however, you need to have a personal account with Web of Science. If you don't already have one of these, visit Web of Science, click on the 'My Tools' menu, select 'ResearcherID'. Follow the instructions from there to get your Web of Science login, then your ResearcherID. If you already have a personal Web of Science account, go to and click on the 'New to ResearcherID?' link on the left-hand side to register.

You can search for authors on Web of Science by ResearcherID as well as ORCiD (Basic search, select Author Identifiers from the drop-down menu).

Scopus Author ID

If your papers have been indexed by Scopus you will be automatically assigned an Author ID. To find out what yours (or another author's) is perform an Author search on Scopus and when you click on the relevant author name in the list of results, their profile will show their Author ID.

You can search Scopus for authors by their Author ID (Advanced search), as well as their ORCiD (Author search).