ORCID Registry Scheduled Outage 15 December 2018

ORCID Registry Scheduled Outage, 15 December 2018

On Saturday 15 December 2018, the ORCID Registry, including the Public and Member API and the ORCID Registry user interface, will be unavailable for up to eight hours while ORCID migrate their database to new hardware. The Registry is expected to be unavailable from 2.00 pm UTC for up to eight hours.

  • During the outage, users of the Registry UI will be shown a page which will briefly explain the outage and when to expect the system to be back up.
  • The Member and Public APIs will return 503 Service Unavailable during the outage.

Updates will be posted before, during, and after the outage on the ORCID API users group or you can follow ORCID on Twitter (@ORCID_Org).​You can check the Registry status at any time at

You can read the ORCID blog post on

What is ORCID?

ORCID Connecting Research and Researchers


ORCID stands for: Open Researcher and Contributor ID and is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create an international, interdisciplinary, central registry of unique and persistent identifiers for individual researchers, and a way to link the identifiers with researchers, outputs and activities.

An ORCID identifier will help to distinguish your research activities and outputs from those of other researchers with similar names, and make sure you get credit for your work by providing a:

  • Unique, persistent identifier which you can link to your other IDs such as your Scopus Author Identifier and ResearcherID
  • Profile page which can include your: list of publications, employment history, research interests and links to other profiles.

Academic staff should add their ORCID when submitting:

  • article manuscripts to editors (and publishers' article submission systems)
  • grant applications to funding agencies
  • conference papers, presentations and posters
  • books and book chapters manuscripts to publishers

Getting an ORCID ID

Registration for an ORCID identifier is free.

Either go to or follow the steps in the box to the left to create your ORCID in GALA.

Linking your ORCID to GALA

Link your ORCID to GALA and use it to populate your profile with selected publications. If you do not have an ORCID, you can use the new tools provided in GALA to create one. Linking your profile to GALA also allows you to import publications from other sources via ORCID if you choose.


Importing & Exporting from GALA using ORCID

Please note, exporting may not work fully in the first few weeks. Once we have collected a number of ORCID IDs in GALA, we will perform an exercise to add them into pre-existing records. Once this has been done, export will work fully.

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