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ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent identifier for researchers. Your personal ORCID ID distinguishes you from other researchers, globally. It's free to register and lets you link all your research publications and other output to your ORCID, to help maximise the impact of your research.

All Brunel researchers with an account on BRAD, the University's research information database, are asked to connect their ORCID record to their profile to allow information about new and existing publications associated with the unique ID to be imported automatically.

Once you have connected your ORCID to BRAD, it will automatically discover metadata for your research outputs using ORCID's connections to data sources. In future, it will be possible to enable two way metadata exchange between  BRAD and ORCID, to reduce the need for researchers to enter information in several places. 

How do I register for an ORCID ID or link my ID to BRAD?

Our Distinguish yourself with ORCID guide (PDF) explains ORCID's benefits, how to sign up and populate your record, or follow the instructions below.


If you are a member of staff and do not have an ORCID ID, you can register directly via ORCID, but recommend that you sign up via BRAD, Brunel's internal research publications database, following the instructions below.

Doing so will also link your BRAD account to ORCID allowing BRAD to use it as a data source to import publication records associated with your ORCID record. Doctoral Researchers and staff who are not eligible for a BRAD account can register on the ORCID website.


  • Log in to BRAD and under My actions you will see a prompt to add your ORCID ID.
  • Click on Add ORCID which will take you to the ORCID website.
  • Click 'Register now' and enter your details on the form, accepting the terms and conditions. 
  • Choose 'Authorizeto connect your ORCID account to BRAD. 


Link an existing ORCID ID to BRAD 

If you already have an ORCID ID, you will only need to configure this in BRAD.


  • Log in to BRAD and under My actions you will see a prompt to add your ORCID ID. 
  • Click on Add ORCID which will take you to the ORCID website.
  • Have your ORCID credentials ready and sign in to your existing account.
  • Choose 'Authorizeto connect your ORCID account to BRAD. 


 You can view your 16-digit ORCID number at any time in the top left corner of your BRAD profile or find it on the ORCID website.

Why do I need an ORCID ID?

To get full credit for your research. Your ORCID is an internationally recognised standard identifier, permanently linked to you. When associated with you and your outputs, it disambiguates you from others with the same or similar names, globally.  You will benefit from having an ORCID ID if any of the following apply:

  • you have an identical or similar name to another researcher anywhere in the world

  • you are publishing in the same or similar field as another researcher with a similar name

  • you are known by or publish under multiple names or variations of your name

  • you have international characters in your name and / or publish in multiple languages.

Often, authors publishing under multiple name variants may be assigned a unique identifier for each name variant, which which may mean that your research outputs and impact may be dispersed across multiple entries in publisher and analytics databases like Scopus® and Web of Science. You can use your ORCID to link multiple author IDs to a single record. 

Showcase your outputs to funders, collaborators and peers. ORCID is increasingly used by funders and publishers. When populated with your outputs, research and employment history, your ORCID record helps funders assess researchers' grant applications. Other researchers may use it to identify potential collaborators and employers may use it to assess suitability for employment or promotion. 

Keep track of your work. If you have a large number of publications and other outputs, or publish with a large number of co-authors, an ORCID can help you keep track of your research outputs and contributions. 

Take your records with you and save time. Increasingly publishers include author ORCID on published outputs. ORCID is non-proprietary and helps you maintain a complete and portable record of your outputs and activities. ORCID facilitates interoperability between information systems, making it easier to transfer and link associated records. This reduces the need to enter the same information in multiple places, saving time and effort. You can authorise your ORCID to import records from relevant metadata sources and manually add non-standard research, like creative outputs. 

How to personalise your ORCID

Personalise your record. Once created, you should take some time to add a bio, education and employment history to your ORCID record by logging in on the ORCID website. This ORCID blog post also explains what to do next to add or update your profile information. We recommend that you keep your ORCID record, profile and email address up to date as funders, employers and collaborators may review it and your linked works.

Add your works. Log in to your account on the ORCID website, and from your ORCID record add works by choosing the search and link option to select and link appropriate data sources. These will locate and import metadata for your publications. You will need to accept those which are yours to add them to your profile. Once connected, ORCID should automatically discover publications metadata from linked data sources when available. 

Refine the data sources. You choose which of the available data sources you wish to authorise ORCID to search automatically for output information connected to you.  The sources each researcher selects may vary depend on their publishing profile and discipline. It is common to authorise a combination of data sources for best results, for example:

  • CrossRef Metadata Search and Scopus to ORCID help import records from a range of disciplines, from the sciences to humanities. 

  • Europe PubMed Central is useful for health, clinical and life sciences.

  • ISNI2ORCID search and link is useful if you publish books / monographs in any discipline. 

  • DataCite Metadata Store helps you link datasets with DOIs to your profile. Brunel researchers can get a DOI for published datasets through Brunel figshare - see Publish your data.

See the full list and description of ORCID's data sources to help you decide which ones are best for you.

You can also add works manually, or import works to your ORCID records from Google Scholar. This is useful for works which do not have a linked data source, such as patents. You will first need to export your works as a BibTeX file, which can then be imported to ORCID. See how to add works to your ORCID record for information on how to do this.

Link your other identifiers.  You can also link other identifiers to your ORCID account. Scopus Author ID and Researcher ID are both ORCID compatible. You can import records from Scopus and Web of Science to populate your ORCID profile. This helps you make sure all your outputs are visible and discoverable via a single route.

• Linking Scopus Author ID to ORCID

• Linking Researcher ID to ORCID

Associate your ORCID ID with your published outputs. Once your profile is populated, make sure you include your ORCID identifier when submitting a grant application or publication and on datasets, research blogs, presentations, business cards and personal websites. This will help records become visible to ORCID, and in time, will support the automatic association and import of works to your record. It will also help transfer works information between systems that ORCID is connected to. See how to display your ORCID identifier.