Research Impact Challenge

Day 1: Research Profiles

Welcome to Day One of the Research Impact Challenge!


Your task today is to claim your ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). An ORCID is a persistent identifier (kind of like a Social Security Number) that links you to your research activities and outputs, such as your journal articles, datasets, posters, and presentations.


An ORCID helps to disambiguate your research from works by authors with the same name and keeps your work connected to you if you change your name and/or institutional affiliations. Increasingly, publishers, grant agencies (e.g., NIH and NSF), and other application and submission systems require an ORCID as part of the submission or application process, and will automatically populate your publications to your profile. 


Want to learn more ways to enhance your ORCID profile? Register for Lane's ORCID class on August 10th. 


Bonus challenge: Enhance your online scholarly presence by creating a MyNCBI and/or Googe Scholar profile. Navigate between the tabs below to find out how.

Research Profiles



Beginning in 2020, any individual who is supported by research training, fellowships, research education, and career development awards from NIH, AHRQ, and CDC will be required to have an ORCID.

There are three ways to sign-in into your ORCID:

  1. Login to ORCID with your existing ORCID credentials
  2. Stanford is an ORCID member and allows you to login to your ORCID account with your Stanford username and password (SUNet). Select “Institutional account” on the login screen to sign in with your SUNet. 
  3. You can use your Google or Facebook account as an alternative sign in.

If you have an existing ORCID, register for an ORCID class to learn tips and tricks. Make sure you review and update your ORCID profile to ensure it's current and works are accurately accredited to you.



A Google Scholar profile can help you determine the impact of your publications, increase search engine optimization (SEO), and help ensure your work is discoverable by others. Connect your Google Scholar profile to your ORCID profile to increase the visibility and discoverability of your work.

There are two ways to sign into your Google Scholar profile:

  1. Go to and click "sign-in" in the upper right corner. Sign-in using your SUNet. 
  2. Sign-in with an existing Gmail account or create a new account.

Your Google Scholar profile is now set up and ready to add your publications. If you already have a Google Scholar profile, review your publications and ensure it's up to date.


My NCBI is a tool from the NIH that saves your user information and database preferences to provide customized services for many NCBI databases including PubMed, Genome, and PubChem. A My NCBI account will allow you to save searches, select display formats, and set up automatic searches that are sent by e-mail. In addition, you can use your My NCBI account to manage compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy and use the SciENcv tool to automatically produce an NIH biosketch. Connect your ORCID iD to SciENcv to automatically populate information on your academic and professional activities for your NIH and NSF grant applications. 

There are three ways to sign into a My NCBI account: 

  1. Create a "direct" MyNCBI username and password linked to your email of choice.
  2. Use the username and password associated with a partner organization. In this case Stanford University is your partner institution and your SUNet is your login. Using your SUNet is easier and more secure than remembering another password.  
  3. Select “third party login” and search for ORCID to login with your ORCID account.

What is ORCID?