Research Impact Challenge

This guide contains 10 activities for researchers to better understand and manage their online scholarly presence, as well as the impact and reach of their research.

Day 1: Register your ORCID and associate it with your UMN identity

This is the first of ten challenges to work through over the next two weeks. Each message contains one activity to help you take control of your online scholarly presence and better understand and communicate the impact of your research. Each activity should take between 5 and 30 minutes.

Week one (days 1-5) will focus on managing your online scholarly identity: how others find you and your work on the web. Let's get started!

First up, the Day 1 challenge: Register your ORCID iD and connect it to your University of Minnesota identity.

What is ORCID?

  • An open, non-profit, community-based effort to create and maintain a registry of unique research identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to those identifiers
  • ORCID provides a standard unique author identifier (ORCID iD) that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration with key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized
  • ORCID Registry aims to prevent authorship confusion

In short, an ORCID iD is a unique 16-digit researcher ID number associated with you. The term ORCID also refers to the registry of all such numbers, which makes it possible to unambiguously associate publications, funding, and other information with the correct person.

Why register an ORCID iD?

An ORCID iD is increasingly requested by publishers, funding agencies, and others that want to ensure that publications, funding, and other forms of scholarly work are accurately associated with you. An ORCID iD is used by certain University systems such as Experts@Minnesota and Works, allowing you to enter information once and reuse it wherever it's needed. Getting it done now means you don't have to worry about it later! 

Here's how to do it:

1. Follow this link to the University of Minnesota My Account Self Service page. Click the Edit button next to ORCID iD:

Edit button next to ORCID iD on My Account page

2. Click the Register or Connect your ORCID iD button.

Register or Connect your ORCID iD button

3. This will take you to the ORCID website sign-in page. Stay on the Personal Account tab.

ORCID account sign-in page

4. If you don't have an ORCID iD yet, click Register now. If you're not sure whether you have an ORCID iD, try entering the email address(es) you may have used to create your ORCID iD in the form. ORCID will notify you if the email address already exists and give you the opportunity to sign in instead.

If you already have an ORCID iD, sign in on the Personal Account tab using your Email or ORCID iD and ORCID password.

5. Once you have created or signed in to your ORCID account, ORCID will prompt you to Authorize the University of Minnesota to store your ORCID iD and read the information that is PUblic or available to Trusted Parties in your ORCID record.

Authorize dialog box for your ORCID Record

6. Click Authorize. You will return to My Account with your ORCID iD (temporarily) filled in on the form. Click Save to My Account.

ORCID iD Save to My Account prompt

Authorizing Experts@Minnesota

Do you have an Experts@Minnesota account? All faculty and post-doctoral associates/fellows have accounts, as do many staff members and graduate students who are employed by the University in research-related positions. If you're not sure, go to and use your Internet ID and password to log in. If your login works, you have an Experts@Minnesota account.

If you authorize your ORCID iD in Experts@Minnesota, any research outputs added to Experts@Minnesota will automatically be sent to your ORCID record. You can also import from your ORCID record to Experts@Minnesota.

To authorize your ORCID iD in Experts@Minnesota:

1. Log in at and choose Edit Profile on your Personal tab.

2. Under the Personal Identification section, click Create or Connect your ORCID iD.

3. As with My Account, you will see an ORCID page. Sign in your with ORCID email or iD and select Authorize at the bottom of the page. You'll be returned to the Experts@Minnesota profile editor.

4. Click Save to save your profile.

Authorizing Works

Do you have a Works account? If you are a tenure-track faculty member or a continuous-appointment-track librarian, you have a Works account and may be required to use it for promotion and tenure and/or annual activity reporting. If you authorize your ORCID iD in Works, you can import publications from your ORCID account into Works.

To authorize your ORCID iD in Works, go to and click the LOGIN to Works link. Then follow these instructions.

This material has been adapted from the University of Michigan research impact challenge LibGuide created by Rebecca Welzenback, January 15 2019 and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 


Last Updated: Apr 25, 2023 11:21 AM