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Social Work Doctoral Student Library Research: ORCID

A guide to help incoming doctoral students in the field of Social Work. This guide is to introduce the students to key library resources to help them with their research and scholarship.


Registering with ORCID  will help to increase visibility for your scholarly creative activities and ensure your name is properly associated with your scholarly work.  One of the most common problems for faculty visibility is name ambiguity and the challenge of distinguishing your research with that of others.  You need to be able to easily attach your identity to your research.  Your research is of high scholarship and importance.  Registering with ORCID is a wise option to help you stand out in the crowd.

Creating a scholarly profile is important for several reasons:

  • The same authors name could be written in different ways, or more than one researcher may have the same name
  • There may be different versions of a name, or the use of initials could be used in place of a full name
  • Some researchers could change names because of marriage or other reasons
  • Registering with ORCID can help to eliminate any confusion between your work and that of a fellow researcher.

What is ORCID?

ORCID, short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a unique identifier attached to researchers that enable consistent linkages between them and their scholarly publications. 

Having an ORCID ID means other researchers are no longer confusing you with someone else!

That ID tags you, and only you, with your work and follows you throughout your academic career. 

ORCID's tools and services provide you control over your registration, what is connected to your iD, and who can access your information. ORCID provides system security and protection to ensure that user control is maintained.

ORCID’s vision is a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time.

Register with ORCID

ORCID is a non-profit organization that provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and ensures that your work is recognized. 

1. Register with ORCID and receive your unique ID. Register here for free.

2.  Create a personalized professional profile and link to your other identifiers (such as, ResearcherID).

3. Include your ORCID ID on your Webpage, when you submit publications, and apply for grants for research to ensure you get credit for your work. 

What Are Researcher ID's

Researcher Identifiers, also known as Digital Author Identifiers (DAI) or Scholarly Identifiers, are unique numeric codes that establish a unique identity for a given author or creator. Research Identifiers are becoming more important in today's scholarly and publishing systems because the number of authors and research outputs keeps expanding globally, challenging our ability to associate individuals with their works accurately and unambiguously.

Researcher IDs help distinguish between similar or identical names, differences in spellings or transliterations of names across languages, and changes in names or affiliations over a researcher's career. If you have ever tried to locate all the works of a particular John Smith; or worried that works under your maiden name are not being retrieved by interested parties; or if you are concerned about the occurrence of variant transliterations and spellings of your name in various citation databases or other research information systems, you would find benefits from using a numeric Researcher ID!