ORCID member

What is an ORCID id?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher.

Benefits of using ORCID

  1. Distinguish yourself: an ORCID iD protects your scholarly identity by disambiguating you as a researcher
  2. It is a globally recognised persistent ID and automatic record
  3. It reliably and easily connects you and your research outputs and affiliations
  4. It improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research
  5. Pure integration: You can automatically populate an ORCID record with information from Pure (see below) or other sources (see the ORCID help pages)
  6. ORCID is recognised by some of the largest funders, publishers and research organisations across fields, including mandatory requirement from some e.g. Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society and NIHR UK
  7. Enter once, re-use often: sharing your ORCID iD saves you time and effort: use your ORCID iD to automatically share your correct name, affiliation and publication list
  8. You are in control of what is visible where: Both Pure and ORCID have built in privacy settings
  9. Finally it’s quick and easy to do, creating a ORCID via Pure takes only a few minutes

The University of St Andrews is a member of the UK ORCID consortium and is happy to support staff and students in helping to disambiguate their scholarly works. 

The University’s Research Excellence Board expects all research staff to have an ORCiD ID.

Linking your Pure profile to ORCID—New or Existing ORCID

ORCID display 1. Collect: We collect your ORCID iD through authentication, giving you full control over the connection
ORCID display 2. Display: We display your ORCID iD on your Research Portal profile, helping you to distinguish yourself
ORCID display 3. Connect: We help you build a trusted, verified record by pushing information about your affiliation and published output from Pure to ORCID

Building the link to an ORCID profile via Pure follows the same process whether you already have an account or not. The link to ORCID is created and managed via the person profile template in Pure. Once logged into Pure:

  1. Click edit profile
  2. Select the Create or Connect link
  3. Read the data transfer description and click proceed
    • New to ORCID? - register an account (you will receive a verification email that must be actioned to complete your registration)
    • Existing ORCID? - login using your ORCID credentials
  4. Following authorisation you will be redirected to your Pure profile template where the ORCID will now show
  5. Remember to save your profile record!

If you'd like to set-up an ORCID iD and then connect it to Pure at a later date, you can do so ORCID displayCreate your ORCID iD


An example: Eva Borger ORCID

What data gets transferred from Pure?

  • Other ids (Scopus etc),  your St Andrews affiliation (no dates or job classification), your portal url, research outputs that are either ‘e-pub ahead of print’ or ‘published’ with visibility set to ‘public’

What about information about my funding or other activities?

  • We do not transfer financial information from Pure. You can add funding information to your ORCID easily using a "Search and Link" Wizard in your ORCID record (see the ORCID help pages)
  • Your ORCID iD can also help you get recognition for your peer-review activity. Just provide your ORCID iD during the peer-review process at many publishers (see also this ORCID blog entry)

How frequently does Pure update ORCID?

  • Updated Pure content is currently refreshed in ORCID weekly
  • You will receive regular update notifications from ORCID telling you if a section has been updated (see the ORCID help pages on how to adjust notifications)

I’ve already got data in ORCID can I pull this into Pure?

  • Not directly, currently we are only able to send content from Pure to ORCID. For info on importing from ORCID, please contact

Won't the synchronisation with Pure mess up my existing record and create duplicate publication entries?

  • Publications from different sources with matching metadata (e.g. author name, title, DOI) will be grouped in your ORCID record and only one version will be displayed. To find out more, visit the ORCID knowledge base (you will be required to login using your ORCID username and password)

You can also view some interesting ORCID blogs Six ways to make your ORCID work for you and ORCID + Pure: a “happy marriage” that makes researchers’ lives easier

You can contact us for more information at or visit the ORCID knowledge base for more FAQ and tutorials.

ORCID Guide v3.6 (PDF, 436 KB)