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UWC Library Researcher Support: ORCID@UWC

What is ORCID

ORCID is the acronym for Open Researcher and Contributor ID

Organisations can integrate ORCID into digital platforms and workflows to reduce administrative burden and connect ORCID iD records with institutional repositories, publishing platforms, HR systems, grant applications, and more.


Overcome name confusion and claim all your research outputs

  • Your name is probably not unique and you may find that your academic outputs get confused with those of someone with a similar name when they are listed in bibliographic databases such as Scopus, PubMed or Web of Science . This means that citations to your papers could get lost and you could be credited with citations from the wrong papers. By tying your publications and research outputs to your ORCID iD, they become more discoverable.
  • You may have publications that use different variants of your name first name and initials that you want to make sure are identified as your output.
  • You may also choose to change your name at some point in your career. Your ORCID identifier remains the same and so all your outputs can be amalgamated despite the change in name.
  • By signing up for an ORCID identifier, you have one identifier that will belong only to you and that you can keep throughout your academic career, regardless of the institution at which you work.

Funder requirements

  • Many grant funders are now insisting that applications include ORCID identifiers. Funders such as the UK Research Councils, the Wellcome Trust and the National Research Foundation are capturing ORCID iDs during the application process.

Publisher requirements

  • Attributing authorship correctly is a major issue for publishers. Many publishers are now incorporating ORCID identifiers into their manuscript submission systems and peer reviewing processes. Using your ORCID identifier may speed up the manuscript process and your ORCID profile can be automatically updated by the publisher once your manuscript is accepted and then later published.

Link with UWC/Register

Create your ORCID iD and connect it with your UWC unique identifier.  If you already have an ORCID iD, please follow these steps:

  • Click the button below
  • Click on "Institutional Account"
  • Search box: Type: University of the Western Cape, then select it
  • Next Screen: Log in with your Novell details
  • It should take you to SAFIRE page pre-populated with your details
  • Click on Continue to Service
  • The next page will be "Linking your account with UWC"
  • Then enter your Personal Account Log in details.
  • Process complete.

Registering for an ORCID iD is quick and simple.

  • Sign up at
  • Complete the form giving the version of your name that you want to be known by. 
  • Add your UWC email address
  • Choose and confirm your password
  • To integrate with UWC, follow the steps above

Integrate with Converis

  • Logon to Converis account (use Novell details)
  • On the right corner: ADD CONTENT then Research output
  • Click "Import from".
  • On the same screen tick the box "
  • Person account ORCID shows in the box below then Save

Institutional Account & Benefits

While it is free for researchers to create their individual ORCID iD record, institutional integration is needed to fully take advantage of the ORCID ecosystem. For UWC the benefits include:

  • Access to the Premium Member ORCID API for connecting multiple enterprise systems with the ORCID registry. Integration of systems with the ORCID API allows UWC to:
    • Authenticate, connect, read, and update associated researchers’ ORCID iD records
    • Assert ownership of organization name(s) for consistent, trusted, and valid affiliations with researchers
    • Maintain connections with researchers across time, disciplines, and borders
    • Ease administrative burden with faster, automated information sharing via interoperability


Frequently Asked Questions

 How can I check if I've already got an ORCID iD?

If you try and register with the same email address as an existing ORCID iD, you will be aksed to log in rather than to register a new ID. You can also search the ORCID registry by using the Advanced Search function before you register for a new ORCID iD if you think that you might already have been assigned one. 

I can't remember my ORCID password - should I just register again?

If you can't log into your ORCID iD, you can use the 'Forgotten Password' link to get your password reset. If you no longer have access to the email address that you used to create your ORCID record, the ORCID support team can help you regain access. Don't create another iD as duplicate ORCID iDs will cause problems in maintaining your record. 

I've got two ORCID iDs - what can I do?


As the point of the ORCID iD is that it is unique to you, it is best to try to make sure that you only register once. If you do find that you have duplicate records, contact ORCID support to resolve the problem. 
What happens if I move to another job or institution?
Your ORCID iD belongs to you and so you keep the same ID throughout your career. If you move to a different post or institution you can update your ORCID iD with the new information.


How do I control the privacy of the information in my ORCID record?

The owner of the ORCID iD has full control over the privacy settings of their own record. Information in your record can be marked Public, Private or only available to a trusted party.

How can I check or change what permissions I've granted to trusted organisations?

You can check and change the permission settings within your profile by signing in to your ORCID account and then checking the Account Settings. You will see a list of all the trusted organisations i.e. UWC and how you allow them to interact with your ORCID iD.