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Curating your Online Presence: ORCID

Interested in boosting your visibility online? This is the guide to get you started.


ORCID: A non-profit name disambiguation and online presence site for academics. From the website: “ORCID is an international, interdisciplinary, open, non-proprietary, and not-for-profit organization created by the research community for the benefit of all stakeholders, including you and the organizations that support the research ecosystem. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that distinguishes you from other researchers and a record that supports automatic links among all your professional activities. Your ORCID iD and connections are stored in the ORCID Registry, in an account you own and manage.”

Many journals and grant foundations now require an ORCID in order to submit papers and applications.

You can link your WPI institutional account (email) to your ORCID record by choosing Institutional account log-in and selecting Worcester Polytechnic Institute from the drop-down menu. Follow the instructions to link the accounts.

ORCID: Select it or Reject it?

Why Select ORCID? Why Reject ORCID?
  • You have a common name.
  • You have a name that is unique and potentially challenging to spell. 
  • You have changed your name and have works published under both names.
  • It will update itself with citations from common search indices and tools such as Scopus and Pivot.
  • You don't publish articles, present at conferences, or seek grants and you don't plan to.