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Scholarly Identity

Overview online scholarly profile and network sites and introduce why and how to create an ORCID iD as well as how to populate ORCID profile.

Building Up Your Scholarly Identity Online

central role of orcid to connect various services providers of research informationWhy do you need a scholarly identity online?

  • Eliminate misidentification (e.g. name ambiguity, moving between organizations etc.)
  • Connect you to all your research output across platforms
    (e.g. publications, presentations, data sets, codes, and collaborative projects etc.)
  • Fulfill requirements from funding agencies and publishers (e.g. Publishers require ORCID iD)
  • Showcase your work collectively and track your research impact
  • Network with peers for collaboration and career opportunities 
  • Engage with professional discussion and resource sharing

When people Google your name, pages with your scholarly contributions are more likely to show up in the result if you have established your scholarly identity online.

This guide page will help you:

  • Create and populate ORCID profile
  • Use your ORCID iD
  • Understand other profile and network tools and know what not to share

Scholarly Identification, Profile, and Network

Scholarly Identifier and Profile

Scholarly Profiles and Network


Your ORCID profile can be linked to Scopus Author Identifier, ResearcherID, and Mendeley profile. Your publication information can be exchanged among these profiles.

Which Profiles to Maintain?

It can be overwhelming to maintain all the scholarly profiles online. When the infrastructure grows more mature, all the profiles may talk to each other and get automatically updated. Ideally, ORCID could be the hub of information exchange due to its non-profit nature and organization purpose. Therefore, here are a few factors to consider when you decide which online profiles to maintain.

  • Connectivity - Can it be connected to ORCID?
  • Transparency
    • Do I have control over the profile data?
    •  Is the data sharing mechanism transparent?
    • Is the scope of the metrics tracking clearly defined or accepted by your research community? Do I understand its limitation?
  • Privacy
    • Will I receive too much advertisement and solicitation?
    • Do I have control over how the data will be used?
  • Discoverability - Will the profile be ranked as a top site in a web search result?
  • Collaboration - Do your collaborators, peers, and potential employers use them?
  • Compliance - If the platform allows fulltext sharing, will there be tools help me determine what I can share without infringing copyright?

Can you post fulltext copies of your work online?

Many profile and network services allow you to upload a fulltext copy of your publication. Some of them, such as ResearchGate and, would actively solicit fulltext uploading from you when other users clicked the "Request a copy" button in your profile. However, these sites rely on you to determine if you have the rights to share the fulltext publicly. Many academic authors transfer their copyrights to the publishers upon publication and may not have the right to post the fulltext copies to those websites. 

To find if you have the rights to post the fulltext PDF or peer reviewed manuscript version of your article, please check the copyright transfer agreement with the publishers. There are two tools below to help you determine what rights you may have retained for different journals.

Read more about copyright at .