I've got an ORCID iD. What do I do now?
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From the ORCID blog:
To ensure that you and only you (or those to whom you have granted permission) can access and manage your record... a verified email address is required to access key features of your ORCID record.
Verifying your primary email address allows you to:
Verifying is not required in order to:
For more on how (and why) to verify your primary email address, see the ORCID Support site.
Fill out your ORCID profile with as much or as little information as you want. In addition to publications and other works, you might want to include:
You are not required to provide demographic data (age, gender, ethnicity), and all information you add is under your control. Each section and entry can be set as public, limited, or private: you decide what to enter and what to display publicly. Establish the preferred form of your name, hide your old email addresses, or improve your findability with keywords.
Add your affiliations to your ORCID profile to highlight the research and service you've done. Here's a few ways to increase the value of your ORCID iD.
Invited Positions and Distinctions
Invited positions and Distinctions describe formal relationships – outside of employment – between a person and an organization, such as a serving as an honorary researcher, a fellow, or being distinguished with an award or honorary degree. Examples include Honorary Fellow, Guest Researcher, Emeritus Professor, Visiting Lecturer, Honorary Degrees, Awards, and Honorary Memberships. To add to your profile, go to the Invited Positions and Distinctions section of your profile and select Add Invited Position or Add Distinction.
Membership and Service
You can also add memberships for associations, societies, trades and more. Service can be used for significant donations of your time, money, or other resources to an organization or community. Examples include, elected board position, review editor, conference organizer, committee work, and more. To add to your profile, go to the Membership and Service section of your profile and select Add Service or Add Membership.
A newer feature, you can add specialized resources that you use to complete your research - such as a national laboratory facility, an observatory, or other specialized equipment. Research resources can only be added by a Trusted Organization, who will generally request your ORCID iD during the process. For more information on how to add these to your ORCID profile, visit the Research Resources page on the ORCID support site.
Collect and connect allows publishers, funders, and institutions to sync information with ORCID records: when you authorize a trusted party, you help validate the connections between you, your institution or funder, and your work. ORCID calls it "a set of resources and guidelines for ORCID integration and engagement." What does that mean for researchers? The more partners you authorize, the better the data sharing works, and the fewer times you have to enter information.