ORCID (http://orcid.org/) provides researchers with a unique identifier that can be kept throughout their career and can be used in publications and grant applications. ORCID distinguishes between researchers with similar names, and helps ensure that publications are attributed and recorded correctly. It also helps researchers to comply with funders’ open access requirements.

Why should I use ORCID?

ORCID helps researchers to record and report their work. UCL encourages all researchers to use ORCID. Funders such as the Wellcome Trust and the UK Research Councils now require or recommend the use of ORCID IDs alongside systems like Researchfish that can link with ORCID.

How do I get an ORCID?

Researchers should register for an ORCID ID either at http://orcid.org/, or by registering with MyScienceOpen and following the registrations instructions for ORCID.

If you already have an ORCID ID and want to submit, review, or comment on an article, you will need to sign into MyScienceOpen on the UCL Open: Environment website.

How to update your ORCID

UCL Open: Environment user profiles are based almost exclusively on the public information you provide in your connected ORCID account.

When you connect UCL Open: Environment to ORCID, the following information will be automatically imported:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Keywords
  • Biography
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Funding
  • Publications

How to link publications to your ORCID

Listing links to publications on ORCID is important because it establishes your identity and your membership status on ScienceOpen. There are three ways to add your publication links to ORCID:

After you complete this step, your publication list will be imported from ORCID and displayed on MyScienceOpen under the ‘Other publication’ section of your MyScienceOpen profile.

Public and Private Information on ORCID

ORCID information with a privacy setting of ‘public’ will be synchronized with your MyScienceOpen profile. Therefore, at minimum, we recommend making the following information on your ORCID profile public:

  • Biography
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Keyword
  • Publications

To make information on your ORCID public, look for the icon:


Hover over the icon to see some options. For further information see the ORCID Privacy Settings. Also see here for further information on how to update your ORCID account.

Profile Information not taken directly from ORCID

The following additional information on your MyScienceOpen profile can be added under the ‘Edit Profile’ section of your ScienceOpen profile homepage.

  • Profile image (will appear as a thumbnail in news feeds, group discussions and all interactions on the site)
  • Disciplines (up to three) – which helps us to direct relevant peer review requests to you.
  • Self description – again, very helpful if you want to receive new articles for review.
  • Friendly URL (e.g. https://ucl.scienceopen.com/profile/firstname_lastname)