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ORCiD: Building your ORCID profile

You may have heard of ORCID iDs but don't know what they are for or how to create one. This guide explains why you might need one, how to sign up and how ORCID identifiers are being used by organisations, publishers and funding organisations.

How to populate your ORCID record

it is up to you to decide how much information about your scholarly activities you want to include in your ORCID profile. 

You may want to restrict it to simple information such as current affiliation, keywords and name variants. Alternatively, you can include full details of your scholarly outputs, including your funding awards, publications, works and datasets, and, rolling out soon, your peer reviewing activity.

Full details on how to build your profile are contained on these pages:;

ORCID and privacy

Researcher privacy is a fundamental principle of ORCID: "Researchers control the defined privacy settings of their own ORCID record data." 
Full details of ORCID's privacy policy are available on the website -

Users can choose from three settings for the various elements of their profiles

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Information marked as Public or Everyone can be viewed by anyone who comes to the website or consumed by anyone using the ORCID public API. Data marked as public will also be included in the public data file posted annually by ORCID.

Trusted Parties
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Information marked as Trusted Parties can be seen by any trusted parties that you have authorized to connect to your ORCID Record. These connections require explicit action on your part. You will be asked if you would like to make a specific connection, and once you have confirmed, the trusted party will be able to see information that you have marked as Trusted Party access in addition to the information marked Public. See Trusted organizations for more information about trusted parties.

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Information marked as Private or Only me can only be seen by you. It is also used by ORCID algorithms to help distinguish your identity from another person who may have a similar name, be in a similar field, or may be confused with you for other reasons. This information is not shared with others.


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You can check what the public version of your ORCID profile looks like so that you can make sure that you are only showing information that you are happy with. 

To view with publc verion of your profile, sign in and then choose 'view public version' under your ORCID iD