Registering for an ORCID iD is quick and simple.
Once you have registered for your ORCID iD, it is important to add any variants in the names that you have used during your career and to publish your research outputs.
Do this first BEFORE you start importing your works from other sources - this will ensure that you get the best capture and linking of your publications and outputs.
To add different versions of your name, click on the pencil icon next to the 'Also known as' section.
Add all the different versions of your name that you might have used in your scholarly activity.
This could be just adding extra initials that you might have used.
Name variants could include a previous surname if you have changed your name through marriage or via deed poll.
Adding information to your ORCID profile is easy. It is up to you how much information you include and whether this information is public, restricted or private.
The minimum information that you should add is probably your country of residence, where you work and some keywords that describe your research interests.
Tip: It is always a good idea to add additional email addresses to your profile (they remain private unless you want them to be shown) just in case you lose access to the email address that you first registered with.
The sections that can be completed are:
Completing the Biography, Education and Employment sections is straightforward and the links above will take you to online help if you need it.
Adding details of your Funding and Works can be done by linking to various databases, by uploading a BibTex file or by entering the details manually.
More detailed instructions on how to add your publications, funding awards and peer review activity are available in this guide under the tab 'Building your ORCID profile'.
Publishers Wiley explain why an ORCID iD can save researchers time and makes sure that they get credit for their research outputs.