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ORCID @ W&M

A persistent, automatically updated record of your scholarly work

ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributer ID

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The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) registry provides unique, persistent, non-proprietary identifiers for researchers, creators, and contributors of all types. Your ORCID iD moves with you throughout your career, improving attribution and visibility of your grants, research, scholarship, and creative and entrepreneurial activities. The use of ORCID iDs is fast becoming standard in academia, and many publishers and funders now require them. Think of it like a DOI for a person.

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The ORCID Mission

What problem is ORCID trying to solve?

Name ambiguity. Researcher names are neither unique nor static: whatever your name is, there may be someone else out there with the same one. Your name may appear in many different ways throughout your career. ORCID identifiers are a tool for disambiguating researchers and creators to ensure that they get credit for their work.

What makes ORCID identifiers different from other researcher identifiers?

ORCID identifiers differ from other research identifiers in the following ways:

  • No fees to maintain your ID (member organizations pay dues in order to support the registry)
  • You control what information gets linked to or displayed on your profile
  • Independent of your place of work or host institution - your ID travels with you as your career changes
  • ORCID identifiers are non-proprietary

The registry isn't a "social network," despite the "collect and connect" model: your ORCID profile simply displays the activities, education, employment, and funding you add or approve from Trusted Organizations (see "Controlling Privacy and Visibility" for more information on how this works).

Why should I get an ORCID iD?

Having an ORCID iD helps you:

  • Make your work more discoverable by others
  • Distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names
  • Protect your work from misattribution
  • List grants, scholarships, peer reviews, and other projects all in one place
  • Assert authorship over your work, no matter how your name appears in publication
  • Minimize data entry when submitting research for publication or applying for grants

Many academic and research outlets are adopting ORCID iDs. Some grant funders and publishers already require an ORCID iD on manuscript submissions or grant proposals.

What can I do with an ORCID iD?

  • Connect with CrossRef, ImpactStory, Scopus, Publons, and others.
  • NCBI account holders can use their ORCID iD to populate SciENcv profiles.

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. This guide was adapted from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and used with permission.