Author identifiers

Researcher identifiers checklist

It is essential to set up and maintain your ORCID and other researcher identifiers to keep track of your research outputs for:

  • Grant applications
  • Promotion rounds
  • Career planning

The researcher identifier checklist will take you through the key steps in the process.

Why create an ORCID?

An ORCID ID is a persistent digital identifier unique to you that distinguishes your research output from other researchers and links your name to your research to ensure a consistent, reliable attribution of your work.

  • It connects your research outputs and scholarly activities such as manuscript submissions, grant applications, patent applications, artistic performances and more.
  • Is required by publishers and funders for manuscript submissions and grant applications.
  • Is integrated with the ARC Research Management System allowing researchers to populate research data output
  • Makes you identifiable by potential collaborators, funders, prospective employers, publishers and more.

Why everyone should get an ORCID?

Professor Steven Tingay, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering:

“The ORCID is rapidly becoming the standard for tracking research and identifying researchers in my field, astrophysics. Increasingly, high profile journals are adding ORCIDs to author lists in hypertext form, providing high visibility to ORCIDs in publications and easy access to other work by the same author. Along with preprint servers and publication metrics analysis sites, the ORCID, as a unique identifier, is becoming an important tool for recognition of research. And it is easy to obtain an ORCID.”

Professor Damien Arrigan, Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Engineering:

“ORCID provides me with a unique identifier that enables me to use it as a single reliable source of my track record. This can be accessed by journal publishers as well as by funding agencies. As an example, publishers in chemistry, such as RSC and ACS, now require corresponding authors of submitted manuscripts to have an ORCID ID.

By linking everything to my ORCID ID (submitted papers, other databases etc., including, in the near future, submitted research proposals) I can have more confidence that my track record is consistently defined. It also means ORCID is the most up-to-date record, because it automatically adds my new publications to my record once these are published with my ORCID ID included. Hopefully, linking ORCID to Curtin’s Elements will also bring advantages of speedy updates and accurate data.”

Professor Kirsten Holmes, Dean of Research, Faculty of Business and Law:

“I have an ORCID as this is the global one stop shop for recording a researcher’s profile and is not tied to any institution. Funding bodies such as the ARC ask for ORCIDs on grant applications. Also in a sector where so much of our work is tied to commercial entities such as publishers, ORCID is a not-for-profit organisation, which is good to support.”

Professor Lin Fritschi, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences:

“There are millions of people publishing in the academic literature today. I’m lucky as I have an unusual name, but for many researchers it is almost impossible for others to get an idea of how brilliant your ideas and work actually is. Just get an ORCID - it’s easy, they do all the work, and you just need to login now and again and check the publications that they think might be yours. You can link your ORCID to lots of databases (such as grant profiles) so your publications can be automatically uploaded. How good is that?”

Associate Professor Lucy Montgomery, Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology:

“Are you tired of trying to maintain a coherent list of your publications? Frustrated by trying to keep multiple researcher profiles up to date via sites like, ResearchGate and LinkedIn? Sick of hunting down papers so that they can be included in Elements? ORCID is the answer! It provides a non-commercial, safe, stable place for you to keep a record of works that you have published and grants that you have won. It provides you with an ORCID ID link that you can add to your social media profile so that contacts on Twitter and LinkedIn can see your publication list with zero fuss. If you provide journals with your ORCID ID, publications will automatically appear in your ORCID record. ORCID even connects with Elements – so you won’t have to hunt down your latest publications every time the University asks you to prove they happened. And your ORCID record goes with you if you change institutions. If you are a serious researcher then ORCID is for you. Funding agencies, Universities, and journals are increasingly requiring an ORCID ID, so you might as well hurry up and start enjoying a system that will actually make your life easier.”

Professor Mark Harris, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Business and Law:

“A great, easy and effective way to manage all of your academic outputs, submit papers and increase your visibility.”

Professor Dawn Bennett, John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative:

“Having an ORCID has made an enormous difference to profiling and managing my research outputs, from identifying citations to having publications auto-populate to the relevant databases.”