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Getting Started: Scholarly Communication

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:

ORCID: Tips and FAQs

Important Tips

  • Add Your Current Institutional Affiliation (at minimum)
    • Many ORCID iDs only include a name with no other information about the researcher. There are likely many others with similar names to yours and it is important that you use ORCID to distinguish and identify yourself. At the minimum, include your current institutional affiliation. 
    • Best practice is to include a brief bio about yourself and your research. You may also include as much or as little information as you like. The important thing is for you to identify yourself in your ORCID iD. 
  • Include a Permanent (Backup) Email Address
    • Researchers often use their institutional email address with their ORCID iD, though not required. It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to also include a secondary (backup) email address. This will ensure that you can still use your ORCID record if you lose access to your primary email.
    • If you use an institutional email as your primary address, add a personal one as backup. You can use any email address connected to your ORCID record, with your password, to sign in. If you move to another institution, your ORCID iD remains the same and serves to continue identifying you. Your institutional email may change over time so having a backup email is important.
    • You can add as many additional email addresses as you wish. 
    • More information: Updating your primary email and adding additional emails

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I think I have an ORCID iD but don't know the login information?
    • If you've already registered an ORCID iD, you do not need to create another one. Your ORCID iD is a permanent identifier for all of your research activities throughout your career at any institution. 
    • Texas State University researchers can use the Access through your institution link on the Sign In page and use their TXST NetID and password to login. If you've forgotten your login information or have trouble accessing, use the Forgot your password or ORCID ID on the Sign In page to retrieve and reset.
  • How can I access my ORCID record if I no longer have the email associated with it?
    • First, do NOT create a new record. If you remember your ORCID password, you can use it to sign in with your previous address or your 16-digit ORCID iD as username. (Once you've accessed your record, be sure to update your email address by clicking the pencil icon next to the "Emails" section.
    • If you do not remember your ORCID password, contact ORCID Support to regain access to your record. 
    • More information: ORCID Support for Login and Emails

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.