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What is an ORCID iD?


ORCID - Open Researcher & Contributer ID

"ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized."

Your name may appear in multiple variations across your publications due to different citation styles and publication requirements, leading to confusion - ORCID removes this confusion by tying all of your works to a single unique identifier.

An ORCID iD is a resolvable internet address with the structure, and is visible to everyone, but has privacy settings that researchers may manage themselves. It gives you a findable professional identity that can connect to all of your other profiles.

The ORCID iD is the most common unique identifier for researchers and links to major professional entities such as:

  • Publishers (Elsevier, PLoS, ProQuest, Springer Nature, etc.)
  • Professional Societies (AAAS, etc.)
  • Funders (NIH, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, ACS, etc.)
  • Research Software/Platforms (Altmetric, FigShare, CrossRef, etc.)
  • Databases (PubMed, Web of Science, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, etc.) 
  • Other major Researcher ID Networks (Scopus Author ID, ResearcherID, Mendeley, etc.)
  • See the complete list of ORCID members

Register for a free ORCID iD to claim all of your work and make it easier for others to find regardless of where it lives. 

Why do you need an ORCID iD?

  • Establish a single identity for yourself - connect all of your awards, publications, affiliations, etc.
  • Distinguish yourself from other authors with similar names
  • Carry your ORCID iD wherever you go - it is yours alone, and not dependent on affiliation
  • Your ORCID iD allows Altmetric and other entities to gather metrics and increase sharing of your research output
  • More systems connect to ORCID than any other ID system
  • ORCID is open, international, community-based, and multi-disciplinary
  • Some publishers require an ORCID iD for authors or reviewers 
  • Some funding agencies require ORCID iD for grant seekers
  • Simplify maintainence of your NIH Biosketch with integration of ORCID & NCBI profiles via SciENcv
  • Simplify article or grant submission by using your ORCID iD to autopopulate fields

Make the Most of your ORCID iD

Publishers that Require an ORCID iD

Many publishers require ORCID iDs from authors during the publication submission process. A partial list:

  • American Chemical Society
  • eLife
  • IEEE
  • Hindawi
  • PLoS
  • Rockefeller University Press
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Science
  • Wiley