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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

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.

Suggested details to make publicly visible in your ORCID account

  • Full name a
  • Published name a
  • Also known as names a,b
  • Biography a
  • Country a
  • Keywords a
  • Employment a,c
  • Education and qualifications a,c
a Periodically and automatically refreshed in Bionomia.
b Alternate names, inclusive of nicknames and family names are useful to help Bionomia 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, GRID, or ROR have been captured in your ORCID account.

Step 2: Visit the Specimens tab

Bionomia profile tabs

Once authenticated via ORCID, Bionomia 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, Bionomia shows the number of specimens that await action. Specimen data are fully refreshed from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility every two weeks.

Step 3: Claim your specimens

Under the Discovered page of your Specimens tab, 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
Bionomia buttons

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

Too many specimen records or want to sort by columns and/or filter by content? Click the "Bulk Claim" page on your Specimens tab 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. If they too have an ORCID ID, they may send you a quick thanks and these will appear in your Thanks Received tab.