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Add personal information to your ORCID record



This article described how to add personal information to your ORCID record. For adding other types of information to you record see Add education and employment, Add funding or Add works.

Information visibility settings

All of the personal information fields in your ORCID record have a visibility selector that lets you set who can see the information you enter.

The options are:

  • Everyone: Public information anyone who looks at your record can see
  • Trusted Party: Information only made available to organizations that you have specifically granted access to
  • Only me: Private information that no one but you can see

For more information, read about the ORCID visibility settings or see our \Privacy Policy.

Add personal information

You can update your personal information by clicking the pencil icons next to the field you want to edit. Fields that can have multiple entries will display a plus sign to add more information, and each field has its own individual visibility setting.


You can edit how your name appears on your ORCID record by clicking the pencil icon next to your name. The Published name field is the one that displays at the top of your ORCID record. The Also known as field can be used to record other names you go by and other versions of you name.

For more about names see Names in the ORCID Registry.


The biography field can be used to provide a brief description of your professional career. It is limited to 1000 characters and can only be in plain text.

Country or region

Select the countries and regions where you work.


Keywords are any words or phrases of up to 256 characters in length that describe your research activities and that might help someone identify you. You can enter multiple keywords and reorder them per your preference.


You can include on your ORCID record links to multiple external webpages such as a personal website, department profile, Wikipedia page, or social media accounts such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and others. The list can be reordered per your preference.

Each website entry must include data in both the Description and URL boxes.

Description: The text displayed on your record to designate the link; it should be kept brief.

URL: The full URL of the website. It must include a valid domain (i.e. no underscores).

The URL will automatically be displayed in the Description box if a description is not included. You can add an unlimited number of websites, but each must have a unique URL.

Websites with the same URL as a previously added website will not save.


In addition to editing your email settings in your account settings, you can amend your email addresses, frequency, and visibility settings directly from your ORCID record. Simply click on the pencil icon to bring up the editor box and make your desired changes, then close the box when you're done.

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