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ORCID, Umu-id, and other identifiers for researchers

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique identifier that remains linked to you as a researcher throughout your career. Here you can read about ORCID and how to connect your ORCID to your Umu-id. You can also read about other identifiers relevant to you as a researcher.


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers and follows you throughout your career, even if you change your name or workplace. In this way, an ORCID makes it easier for you to get recognition for your authorship in different publications. Other advantages of ORCID include using it to log in to other services and that it can be linked to your profile in Scopus and Web of Science.

ORCID consists of a 16-digit number separated by hyphens, for example: 0000-0000-0000-0000


Connect your ORCID to your Umu-id

As an employee at Umeå University, you can connect your ORCID to your Umu-id. Your ORCID will then appear on your personal page on umu.se. If you do not already have an ORCID, you can register for one during the first step.

Connect your ORCID (Settings)

More uses

ORCID is an internationally recognised permanent identifier (PID), used by several funding bodies, publication channels, databases, and platforms for research communication.

One of the primary purposes of ORCID is to increase the dissemination of an author's publications. Within your ORCID profile, in addition to publications, you can also showcase other research outputs, such as datasets, and list activities, e.g. peer-review assignments. In this way, your profile can function like a business card.

Personal identifiers and DiVA


Please enter your ORCID when registering publications in DiVA. Contact the library if you wish for us to add an ORCID to publications lacking one. When you contact us, we need your ORCID number and Umu-id.

Contact the library

Umu-id in DiVA

If you are affiliated with Umeå University, you are assigned a unique Umu-id that is used, among other things, to link your publications to you as an individual author. Therefore, you must always fill in your Umu-id when registering publications in the University's publication database, DiVA.

Umu-id serves as a local identifier and does not count fully as a permanent identifier. However, the idea is that your Umu-id should be permanent and follow you even if you move within the organisation.

Your publication list on umu.se

The publication list on your personal page is generated via your Umu-id. If you want your publications from other universities to be visible on the list, you can register them in DiVA. It is then essential to fill in the Umu-id field and remember that the organisation you select must be the same as the affiliation in the publication.

Publishing in DiVA

Other identifiers

ResearcherID (Web of Science)

By creating a profile in Web of Science, you can ensure that the right publications are linked to you with a unique ResearcherID. Your profile offers an overview of your citations and h-index. In addition to publications, you can also list assignments such as peer review and journal editorship. Web of Science is partly synchronised with ORCID, and exporting information between the systems is easy.

Web of Science researcher profiles

How to create a Web of Science researcher profile and login

Author ID (Scopus)

In your profile in Scopus, you can see an overview of your publications and citations, as well as your h-index. In Scopus, Author ID is created automatically, meaning there is a risk of duplicate profiles and incorrect information. Therefore, ensure that you only have one profile and that the correct publications are listed in your profile.

What can I do on an author details page?

What is a personalised persistent identifier (PID)?

Persistent or permanent author identifiers (PIDs) compile a researcher's publications, making them searchable by the author without the risk of confusion with other researchers. Even though individuals may change their name, have the same name as someone else, or change institutions, organisations or universities, the permanent identifier remains consistent.

For individuals, PID falls within the category of personal identifiers, i.e. a piece of information or data that can identify a unique person.

There are different models for personal identifiers. The publication database DiVA supports two variants of personal identifiers: ORCID and Umu-id.

Latest update: 2024-06-19