What is an ORCID identifier and why should you register for one

ORCID iDs are unique persistent digital identifiers for researchers and scholars. They provide a unique identifier to ensure your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you and avoid any ambiguity with similarly named researchers.

An ORCID iD stays with you throughout your career – no matter if you change employer, funder, name, or field of research. You have control over the information that is held in your ORCID record and whomever it is shared with.

ORCID iDs are increasingly being used by publishers, funders and HEIs in award application systems. In the future, this will make it easier and quicker to share your information about research outputs and activities between systems and services, increasing accuracy and reducing the need to enter the same information multiple times.

Six ways to make your ORCID work for you Alice Meadows

Frequently Asked Questions about ORCID


To celebrate Open Access Week 2018 we are running a prize draw to win one of 10 personalised ORCID mugs


Postgraduate Research Students:

Research Staff:

  • Link your identifier to your Pure profile*
  • Send details of your ORCID iD to us:

Email: open.access@hw.ac.uk or Tweet us @OpenResHWU
All entries by 16th November 2018


*Academic staff can create an ORCID ID from within Pure or synchronise your ORCID and Pure profiles.

Linking your Pure profile to ORCID—New or Existing ORCID
Log into Pure:

  1. From your personal overview click edit profile
  2. Select Create ORCID or Add existing ORCID
  3. New to ORCID?  (you will receive a verification email that must be actioned to complete your registration)
  4. Existing ORCID? – paste in your ORCID and click Check button to confirm then Apply
  5. Remember to save your profile record!

Psychological Inquiry – special issue on open access

psychological enquiry

Interested in open access publishing from a Psychology and Behavioural Sciences perspective?  Psychological Inquiry, a journal specialising in debate around social psychology and personality, has a special issue on the topic.  The issue’s target article and commentaries offer food for thought for researchers in the field.

Target article:-

Scientific Utopia: I. Opening Scientific Communication by Brian A. Nosek & Yoav Bar-Anan

Commentaries  include: –

“Improving Science by Improving Scientific Communication: The View From the APA Publications and Communications Board”
by Jennifer Crocker

“How Should We Manage Peer Review and Why?” by Rebecca Saxe

“Toward OpenBehavioral Science” by Karen E. Adolph et al.

Table of contents access for readers with no access to Heriot-Watt University subscribed material

Marion Kennedy
Subject Librarian, Life Sciences

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