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Scholarly Communications: Getting Started

What is ORCID?

Image of the ORCID logo 




What is ORCID and how will it benefit me?

ORCID = Open Researcher and Contributor ID

An ORCID iD is a unique identifier for researchers. It allows research activities to be accurately attached to individuals over time, between institutions, and across multiple information systems. For more details, visit: What is ORCID?

Texas State University is an ORCID Institutional Member as of Fall 2018. 

  • Sign-in to ORCID by selecting "Institutional Account" and use your TXST NetID and Password

Why Should I Get an ORCID iD?

Diagram of ORCID interoperability

Having an ORCID iD allows you to better manage your research profile and keep it up-to-date. In addition, publishers, funders, and other organizations are increasingly using ORCID in their manuscript submission and grant application procedures. 

Your ORCID ID is the hub in the scholarly communication environment, ensuring interoperability between you and your publisher(s), employer institution(s), and funder(s).

ORCID iDs are being adopted by more and more publishers and grant funders as the primary means of distinguishing their authors for submissions, applications, and reporting.

Enter Once | Reuse Often

How Do I Get an ORCID?

Registering for your ORCID iD takes less than a minute at

Tutorial: Register your ORCID iD


  • Be SURE to Include your Full Name - You can also include name variations
    • Example: Smith, Jane; Smith, J.; Smith, J. B.; Smith-Brown, J. B.
  • Add your Institutional Affiliation(s)
    • Texas State University
  • The purpose is to uniquely identify YOU, so add as much other information as you like
    • Example: Education, Work experience, Presentations, Publications, Grants
  • Once you register your ORCID, include it when submitting publications, proposals, grants, etc. 
    • A growing number of submission systems will automatically add the citation to your ORCID upon acceptance and publication

Additional Resources:

Import ORCID Records to Faculty Profiles

Screenshot showing to click on Activities

  • From the Publications screen, select the Import button.

Screenshot showing to select the Import button from the Activities page

  • From the Import from Third Party section, choose ORCID.
  • Choose "Create or Connect Your ORCID iD".

Screenshot showing to select the service ORCID and click Create or Connect your ORCID ID

  • Register or sign-in via ORCID. If you have an ORCID iD, you can sign-in with the Institutional Account using your TXST NetID and Password.

Screenshot of the ORCID sign-in homepage

  • Complete the authorization process. We do this to ensure that you approve the connection to your ORCID iD and that the Faculty Qualifications System is connecting to your ORCID iD securely.

Screenshot of the authorization screen allowing TXST Digital Measures to securely access your ORCID record

  • Once you've connected your ORCID iD you will see the confirmation of that right in the Import Publications screen and you can select Search ORCID.

Screenshot of the Faculty Qualifications Import Publications screen once you have authorized ORCID

  • You will then be shown a list of publications associated with your ORCID iD. Note that the Faculty Qualifications System will only import records marked as "public" or "trusted-party" in ORCID. Any records marked as "only me" cannot be imported. 
  • If any possible duplicates are found, they will be presented to you for review. 
  • For each item, you'll select Skip or Import, and when finished select Continue
  • You'll be shown an option to link names of collaborators to user accounts in the Faculty Qualifications System.
  • Finally, you'll see the Review Publications and Import screen and if everything looks good, click Finish Import. The records are loaded into the Faculty Qualifications System immediately and you'll see a confirmation.

Screenshot illustrating that 1 publication successfully imported and to click OK to continue

For more information, see this Step-by-Step Tutorial.