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Open Access publishing for Aston authors: ORCiD & Google Scholar


An ORCiD is a unique identifier, which allows you to distinguish yourself from other researchers throughout your career. It addresses issues due to accuracy of research attribution as names are not unique, can be written in different ways and can change over time. The unique identifier is publicly available and searchable in a public registry.

An ORCiD is of value at all career stages, from postgraduate research student to senior academic. Funders and publishers are increasingly adopting ORCiD as the method to unambiguously link people to their publications and grants.

The ORCiD repository will soon become the link between systems in the research and publishing world.

Researchers need to set up and ‘own’ their ORCiD but Aston can help with that set up and updating. You need to create or link your ORCiD PURE where it will be recorded and used in our repository and for future research reporting.

Adding an ORCiD to PURE

If you set up your ORCiD in Pure before 15 November 2016 you need to authorise the exporting of your publication details and content to your ORCiD profile.

Using your ORCiD

Include your ORCiD when submitting publications and in grant applications, display it on your personal webpages, social media profiles and on your email signature.  

  • You will be ready and informed when funders and publishers ask for your ORCiD.

  • By associating your ORCiD with your future activities, you will be prepared as ORCiD is increasingly adopted as the common link between systems and organisations worldwide.

  • We will display your ORCiD in Aston Research Explorer.

  • We will be working with Elsevier to have Aston researchers’ ORCiDs associated with their profiles in Scopus.

For further help and guidance contact:

Google Scholar Profile

As both an individual researcher and as part of Aston, raising your profile is an important step to getting your work read and cited as well as to setting up collaborations with fellow researchers.

One element is your profile within Google Scholar which is the starting point for many people looking for academic articles, especially those without access to large institutional library subscriptions.

The steps below are a simple guide if you need to set up your Google Scholar profile.