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What is ORCID?

undefined ORCID = Researcher and Contributor ID and is a type of author identifier. ORCID gives you a way to reliably and unambiguously connect your name(s) with your work throughout your career, including your papers, data, biographical information, etc.

This can be helpful in a number of ways. ORCID:

  • Provides a means to distinguish between you and other authors with identical or similar names.
  • Links together all of your works even if you have used different names over the course of your career or had multiple institutional affiliations.
  • Makes it easy for others (grant funders, other researchers etc.) to find your research output.
  • Ensures that your work is clearly attributed to you.

ORCID can...

  • Alleviate mistaken identity
  • Reduce/eliminate the need for a researcher disambiguation process              
  • Enable machine-to-machine updates for researcher reporting
  • Maintain researcher connections despite name/affiliation changes
  • Facilitate community collaboration across similar institutions
  • Create higher impact communications and promotion
  • Standardize and improve the user/researcher experience
  • Increase efficiency and quality 
  • Help ensure sustainability through a community approach

What is ORCID? (video)