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Four steps to claim the specimens you collected or identified and to help acknowledge your peers, mentors, and organizations.

Step 1: Authenticate via ORCID

ORCID is a nonprofit organization helping create a world in which all who participate in research, scholarship and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions and affiliations, across disciplines, borders, and time.

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Suggested details to make publicly visible in your ORCID account

  • Full name a
  • Also known as names a,b
  • Country a
  • Keywords a
  • Employment a,c
  • Education and qualifications a,c
a Periodically and automatically refreshed in Bloodhound.
b Alternate names, inclusive of nicknames and family names are useful to help Bloodhound find your specimens, eg Miles Zhang, Y. Miles Zhang, Yuanmeng Zhang
c If you include start and end dates for Employment and/or Education and qualifications, these are cross-referenced against dates on specimens you collected or identified and help your organizations measure their impact. When selecting your organizations, ensure that their Organization Identifiers eg Ringgold or GRID have been captured in your ORCID account.

Step 2: Visit the Discovered tab

Bloodhound profile tabs

Once authenticated via ORCID, Bloodhound first shows you an Overview of your profile. It pulls your full name and other details (see above) from your ORCID account, which you may refresh at any time. Click the Discovered tab to see a list of candidate specimens. Much like an email inbox, Bloodhound shows the number of specimens that await action.

Step 3: Claim your specimens

Under the Discovered tab of your profile, you may bulk claim all visible rows of specimens or claim single rows by clicking:

  • Collected icon for specimens you collected or,
  • Identified icon for specimens you identified or,
  • Both for specimens you collected & identified
Bloodhound butons

Click the "Not me" buttons to ignore all visible rows or single rows of specimen records. Make a mistake? Visit other tabs in your profile such as My Specimens or Ignored to repair or adjust your selections.

Too many specimen records or want to sort by columns and/or filter by content? Click "work offline then upload" to view instructions on how to download, add claims in a spreadsheet, then upload a completed csv file.

Step 4: Attribute specimens to others

While authenticated via ORCID, visit Help Others to search for your peers, mentors, or anyone who inspires you. Attribute specimens to them just as you claimed your own specimens.