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Display: Grouped works

Welcome to ORCID > Works, metadata, and peer review > Display: Grouped works

The same work can be added to your ORCID record from different sources; these multiple connections make the information on your record more authoritative. Where these works have a common identifier, they are grouped together as they represent the same item. Works in ORCID are grouped together based on both their identifiers (such as DOIs, ISBNs, etc.) and their identifier's relationship being set to self. Note that some identifiers are case sensitive and what appears to be two versions of the same identifier (e.g. "11abC" and "11ABC") will not group, while some are case insensitive and will still group even if the cases are different (e.g. "10.125/1xyZ" and "10.125/1XYZ"). 

An identifier can have two relationships to a work:

  • self: the identifier refers solely to that work (grouping)

  • part of: the work is part of this identifier (no grouping)

A book would therefore have a self relationship with an ISBN, while a book chapter would have a part of relationship with the ISBN. If a work does not have an identifier, it can not be grouped.

Each group of works is shown in a single box. The default version of the work shown is the one you have selected as the preferred version. To see other versions of the work, click on the number next to the Preferred source indicator.

Preferred source indicator

You can toggle between different versions of the work by clicking on the source information.


You can set which version of the work you would like to display publicly by clicking on the Make preferred box.

Make preferred

The full details of the work can be displayed or hidden by toggling the arrow button next to the privacy settings.

Make preferred

You can choose the order in which your works appear by using the sort button on the right side of the works toolbar. The default display is chronological, but the order can be adjusted by anyone viewing your record.


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