ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor iD) is an international, not-for-profit organisation which provides researchers and scholars with a unique digital identifier (ORCID iD) plus a system for linking their iD to their research activities and outputs.
There is no cost involved for researchers and the registration process takes less than 30 seconds.
Guides to setting up your ORCID iD:
- Establishing your unique scholarly identity with an ORCID iD (PDF, 372KB)
- Granting permission to another person (trusted individual) to update your ORCID record (PDF, 279KB)
How do researchers benefit?
A unique identifier eliminates the ambiguity caused by multiple researchers with the same name and the use of variant names by the same researcher.
Uniquely linking research outputs and activities to a specific researcher allows information to be automatically transferred between systems, which reduces the need for duplicate reporting and data entry. A researcher's outputs become more discoverable and tracking the impact of their research takes less time, and is more accurate.
Use your ORCID iD
Use your ORCID iD whenever there is an opportunity to provide it, especially when publishing or applying for grants. Your ORCID iD will then be linked to your new publications and grants from the outset.
Associate your ORCID iD with existing research outputs
ORCID has been working with 'integrating' organisations to make it easy for you to associate your ORCID iD with your existing publications, grants and datasets. Integration 'wizards' have been set up for the Scopus and Web of Science databases. The linking can be done via your ORCID record or via these databases. You will be invited to authorise the database to add the linked publications to your ORCID record. You will need to repeat this process periodically to check that your new publications have been associated with your ORCID iD and, if required, authorise the database to add them to your ORCID record.
CrossRef, the digital object identifier (DOI) registry, has also set up an ORCID integration wizard, via which you can authorise CrossRef to push details of your publications to your ORCID record. This authorisation remains in place until you revoke it. This means that CrossRef will be able to push the details of your new publications to your ORCID record automatically whenever a new publication associated with your iD is added to the DOI registry. This automatic updating is dependent upon authors providing their ORCID iDs to the journal when submitting their manuscripts and the journal subsequently including the ORCID iDs in the article metadata provided to the CrossRef DOI registry.
Guides to linking your ORCID iD: