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ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID): unique researcher identifier

ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor ID

An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a persistent unique identifier that is used to accurately link researchers with their work. 

Registration for your ORCID iD is quick and easy.  Just follow the instructions below.  Then use your ORCID iD when you submit articles for publication.

As more systems (academic institutions, eRA Commons) start to make use of ORCID IDs, using your identifier will start to pay off.

ORCID - Open Researcher and Contributor ID

ORCID is a non-profit organization that provides an open registry of unique persistent identifiers for researchers. 

Why register?

  • Correctly link you to your publications.
  • Distinguish your work from the work of other people with similar names.
  • Your ORCID ID is connected to you wherever you go.
  • Privacy settings allow you to control what information is seen and added to your profile.
  • Journal editors may ask for your ORCID when you submit a manuscript. 
  • The NIH asks you to consider including your ORCID in your SciENcv account
  • PubMed lets you search for authors by their ORCID (if the author published using an ORCID).  Ex. Orcid 0000-0002-6710-8708[auid]
  • Research networking sites like ResearchGate let you add your ORCID.
  • A new ORCID Auto-Update feature can update your ORCID profile automatically with new articles you've published.  (Optional.  "How to" information is HERE.)

How to register, create, and update your profile?                                              

  1. Go to ORCID to register and receive an iD.         
  2. Add your position title and affiliation to your ORCID record.
  3. Import your references from a source such as Scopus, Europe PMC, Dimensions, and/or CrossRef Metadata Search using "Link Works." [optional]  References can also be added manually.   
  4. Consider authorizing CrossRef to automatically update your profile on an ongoing basis.                
  5. Import your grants using the ÜberWizard or enter them manually.  [optional]
  6. Use "Account Settings" to manage your privacy preferences.


Publishers Requiring ORCIDs

Some publishers are starting to require the use of ORCID iDs by corresponding authors during the publication process.  Examples include Wiley, The Royal Society, PLoS, Science, eLife and The Company of Biologists. 

Other publishers who use ORCID iDs are included HERE.

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