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Research Impact: Promoting and Measuring

With this guide, learn why and how to promote your research and gauge its impact.

What is ORCID?

ORCID, short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID is an international, not-for-profit organization and they maintain a registry of unique identifiers (iDs) for authors. Signing up for a ORCID iD will help you to disambiguate your research from others and help you retain authority over your work. Learn more about ORCID and their iDs with their brief video:

What is ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.

Why Register?

  • It helps to alleviate the problem with ambiguity/misidentification in research.
  • Some journals and funders actually require it during the submission process.
  • It’s your digital name that stays with your forever, regardless of institution, name change due to life events or naming preferences.
  • Connecting ORICD to GUFaculty360 will help to keep your publications up-to-date! Jump to GUFaculty360 box for instructions.
  • A complete and up-to-date ORCID record can help to generate and populate your NIH Biosketch (through SciENcv). Jump to SciENcv box for instructions.
  • It's free!

How to Register

  1. Go to ORCID's registration page: https://orcid.org/register.
  2. Complete the online form and click Register.
  3. Check your email for the verification message.
  4. Click on the "Verify your email address" button to complete the registration.

Privacy Settings

Open your Account Settings to adjust the visibility preferences for the entire ORCID record.

  • Everyone: everyone can see and it’s fully public.
  • Trusted parties: You can control which trusted organizations and trusted individuals can view your record.
  • Only me: Only visible to you.

ORCID Account Settings: Visibility Options

You can also customize the visibility of each item within individual sections.

ORCID Section Visibility Options

Populate Your Record

  1. Populate the fields on the left, including any name variations. This will help when you set up linkages for Works and Funding.
  2. Manually add Education, Employment, and other sections (optional).
  3. Manually add your Funding or set up a linkage with DimensionsWizard.
    ORCID: Add Funding: Linked
  4. Next, add your Works (articles, books, chapters, conference papers, patents, and more); here are the options:
    ORICD: Add Works Options
    • Add Manually: many options in four categories of Publication, Conference, Intellectual Property, and Other.
    • Import BibTeX: import a file from RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley, etc.
    • Search & Link (recommended):
      • Crossref: When you link ORCID to Crossref, you can quickly select your already published articles to add to your record, and when you have new articles published, they should be automatically added to your ORCID record.
      • DataCite: If you share your research data with DataCite, sync it with your ORCID record.

Connect ORCID to GUFaculty360

Connect ORCID to GUFaculty360

  1. Login to GUFaculty360 and click "My Profile" in the top right corner.
  2. Click the "Publications" navigation link on the left.
  3. Click the button "Register or Connect Your ORCID iD"
  4. Sign in to your existing account or Register for an ORCID iD
  5. Click "Authorize" to connect ORCID to GUFaculty360
  6. Click "Fetch ORCID Works" and "Select Works" to add to Publications page.

Generate a NIH Biosketch with SciENcv

Using the data added to your ORCID record, you can now easily generate a NIH Biosktetch through SciENcv.


  1. Once logged into the SciENcv system, click Edit in the top Mini Profile box.
  2. Click the link to ”Add your ORCID iD to this profile” and Save.
  3. Then click Create New Biosketch.
    SciENcv Profile
  4. Name the Biosketch.
  5. Select the Format
    (If you had to start with a blank document, you would have manually enter a lot of information.)
  6. Choose the data source: External > ORCID
  7. Click Create
    New Biosketch
  8. The next page will allow you to review all of the ORCID-populated information. As long as your ORCID record is up-to-date, your Biosketch will be up-to-date.

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