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What is ORCID?

ORCID, short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, provides a persistent digital identifier that helps researchers and scholars to distinguish their research activities from those of others with similar names. 

Find out more information about ORCID here.

Benefits

Having an ORCID gives you the following benefits:

  • Accurate author identification
  • Online user profile
  • Publication list
  • Ability to combine and deduplicate ResearcherID and Scopus ID
  • User privacy controls
  • Well supported by many publishers: some publishers are passing ORCID iDs through the entire publication process

Additionally, ORCID is an open, non-profit and community-driven effort. Its registry offers an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current researcher ID schemes.

Limitations

ORCID has the following limitations:

  • No citation metrics available
  • Generally does not recognise duplicate publication records well at the moment

How do you get started with ORCID?

Once you have an ORCID

Use your ORCID ID!

Include your ORCID identifier on your webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work. It is a good idea to link it to other identifiers such as ReseacherID and Scopus Author ID.

For example, when you submit a manuscript for publication with your ORCID attached to it and the paper gets published in a journal that is indexed in Web of Science or Scopus, the paper gets automatically added to your ResearcherID or Scopus Author ID profile. 

Other IDs

ORCID allows you to link to your profile with other databases.

In particular, ORCID:

  • integrates with ResearcherID allowing you to exchange data between ORCID and ResearcherID, including your profile information and your publication list.
  • integrates with Scopus Author ID allowing you to import publications asociated with your Scopus Author ID

Tips for working with ORCID

There are a few different ways to add publications to your ORCID profile:

This blog post outlines ways to get the most of your unique ORCID.

If you have an idea of how you think ORCID could improve their service you can post it on the ORCID ideas forum and track the development status.

ORCID News

Check out the ORCID blog for all ORCID news and latest developments.