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What is ORCiD?
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) is a personal identifier that uniquely distinguishes you from other researchers, even if they have the same name. It enables authoritative links to be created between you and your research activities (e.g. your research outputs, grants and employment history).
ORCiD is a non-profit, community-driven project, open to any researcher at any career stage and at no cost.
Why should I use ORCiD?
Using ORCiD means you can guarantee credit for your achievements. As ORCiD becomes more widely adopted, data sharing between administrative systems such as Pure and Researchfish will become much easier, reducing the reporting burden on everyone. Many funders and publishers already require or are strongly recommending ORCiD and it is likely to be used for the next REF. The College therefore recommends that academics, research staff and research students should sign up to ORCiD, as detailed below.
Can an ORCiD be created for me?
No, a core principle of the service is that researchers create and manage their ORCiD profile throughout their career.
How do I get an ORCiD?
The best way is to create one from your Pure account. This will make sure that your new ORCiD is linked to the university’s internal systems. If you already have an ORCiD, please use Pure to make a link to King’s so that you get the maximum benefit.
Here is a brief presentation runs through the short simple steps required to link your Pure profile to an ORCiD profile - or create an ORCiD from scratch. In brief:
I already have an ORCiD ID - how do I link my ORCID to my Pure account?
When will the changes take effect?
As details of your new outputs are added to Pure, your ORCiD account will be automatically updated on a weekly basis - not in real time. Please note that this synchronisation runs one way only - from Pure to ORCiD and not vice versa.
Who should be able to see the information added to your ORCiD record?
Please make sure that your ORCiD profile is configured to show information publically. This can be set via the group icon in Account settings.
ORCiD housekeeping & maintenance tips:
ORCiD can send a significant number of emails to users. It is possible to stop these through the Preferences settings. Access these by logging in to Orcid>Account Settings>Email and Contact Preferences. You can change email frequency to "Never":
Or fine tune with the ORCID inbox notification settings:
Creating Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) for grey literature.
In addition to creating and maintaining DOIs for datasets, Libraries & Collections can also create DOIs for ‘grey literature’ items.
While Libraries & Collections has created and maintained DOIs for datasets for several years, we can now offer DOIs also for ‘grey literature’ items. Grey literature might include outputs, such as working papers, protocols, reports and other items which do not have a traditional publication route (e.g., journal or book format), but where the research findings might benefit from being made more widely accessible and/or in a format possibly more suited to non-academic audiences, such as a pamphlet.
A DOI can be created and added to the document and it will then be published on Pure and made immediately accessible via the King’s Research Portal.
What is a DOI?
DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier which is a unique online reference to an object which contains details of how that object can be accessed.
Why should you get a DOI?
By assigning DOIs to research outputs, researchers can benefit from easier citation which can be tracked and measured more consistently. It means that the output will remain persistently accessible for the long term and will not fall victim to broken links and Error 404. By assigning a DOI to research outputs King's is committing to make this item persistently accessible and to as wide an audience as possible. King’s also commits to undertake any updates that may be required to deliver this.
How to get a DOI?
If you have something that might fall into the grey literature category or think this format might be helpful in disseminating findings of your research, then please get in touch.
If you have an active Pure profile, then please add details of the output to Pure and forward your request to us – making sure to include the Pure ID (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
Please go to our Pure for REF page to see how to deposit and add details of a research output to Pure.
More generally, for more information or to find out if your output is eligible for a DOI, please contact the Research Support team (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
If you are publishing a book where King's College London, or a department, is the nominal publisher, Libraries & Collections may be able to provide you with an ISBN. An International Standard Book Number is a 13 digit number which uniquely identifies a publication, and makes it easier for the publication to be searched for within catalogues and bibliographic databases. There is no legal obligation to have an ISBN, but you may find it helpful.
You can apply to Library Services for an ISBN by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org in the Library Research Support team, but please first ensure your item qualifies for publication through your academic department.
Please note the following when applying: