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ORCID @ W&M: What is ORCID?

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. Register now!


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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, and 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 are non-proprietary, and there is no fee to maintain yours (member organizations pay dues in order to support the registry); they are not tied to your place of work or host institution, and you control what information gets linked to or displays on your ORCID profile. 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, scholarship, peer review, and other projects all in the same easy-to-find 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

ORCID iDs are quickly being adopted in academic and research outlets: many funders and publishers already require an ORCID iD on manuscript submissions or grant proposals, with more planning to move from accepting to requiring ORCID iDs in the near future.


What can I do with an ORCID iD?

Connect with CrossRef, ImpactStory, Scopus, Publons, and others. Have an NCBI account? Link your ORCID profile and use the information to populate your SciENcv profile.

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This guide was adapted from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and used with permission. 

ORCID for Everyone

Who Uses ORCID?

ORCID iDs aren't just for the hard sciences. ORCID profiles are designed to work for researchers and creators in a wide variety of fields. Here are some examples: