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GSBS: Making the Most of your Time at Home

This guide will highlight some options for how to make the best use of your time away from the lab due to Covid-19.

Why is ORCID needed?

There are many circumstances which make linking researchers with their research by name a challenge:

  • It is hard to distinguish those with common names (e.g.: Jane Smith, Jin Li)
  • It is hard to distinguish those whose names have many potential variations (e.g.: Sofia maria Hernandez Garcia)
  • It is difficult to track those who have changed names during their careers
  • It is difficult to track those who have different name presentations (e.g.: with a middle initial or without, affiliated with one institution or another)

Unique author identifiers are the solution:

  • Distinguish researchers with similar names from one another
  • Easier to find research outputs by a particular researcher
  • Enable proper recognition for scholarly work ... not just journal articles but also posters, datasets, book chapters, software, etc.
  • Solving the name ambiguity problem will enhance discovery and improve research visibility

See this article from Nature: Research Profiles: A Tag of One's Own. "Digital identifiers can sort out different scientists with the same names, and create a lifelong record of their work."

Add publications by linking to Scopus

The "Add Works" menu in gives various options for adding publications to your ORCID profile, including: adding publications manually; adding publications by using a DOI, PMID or other identifier; and by importing publications from other systems.  We recommend as a first step to use the Scopus wizard to import your publications. Scopus is the largest indexing and abstracting database of peer-reviewed scientific literature and will more than likely have indexed publications that belong to you.

Scopus to ORCID step-by-step

  1. To begin, click on "Search & link" under "Add Works."
  2. Scroll down the list of systems and click on "Scopus - Elsevier."
  3. Give Scopus permission to access your ORCID record.
  4. Review all the Scopus profile options given to you and select your profile.  If there is more than one Scopus record for you, check the box for each one.  Click "Next."
  5. Select your preferred profile name (for example, the version with a middle initial) and click "Next."
  6. Review your publications. Click the green check to select the works that are authored by you; click the red X to de-select any works that are not authored by you. Click "Next" when you have finished. Or, if you have additional publications that do not appear in this list, you can search for them. Click on the “Search for missing documents” link at the bottom of the page. Search by title. Check the article that you are looking for and click “Add selected articles.” (If the work does not appear in Scopus, you can add the item manually to your ORCID profile.) Scopus will ask you to confirm any changes to profile name or publications.
  7. Review your profile and click "Next."
  8. Enter the email address associated with your ORCID profile to send the changes to ORCID and click "Send Author ID."
  9. After it has sent your Author ID to ORCID, Scopus will ask your permission to send your publications to ORCID. Click "Send my publication list."
  10. You're finished! Click "Return to ORCID" to go back to your ORCID profile and view the added works from Scopus.

Scopus to ORCID - review your authored publications