What is ORCID iD?
An ORCID identifier, or ORCID iD, is a persistent, unique, numeric identifier for individual researchers. It helps to distinguish you from other researchers with the same or similar names. It can create a united profile for your research activities, regardless of whether you’ve changed names, published under multiple variations of your name, or switched institutions. Several publishers, including PLoS and IEEE, now require ORCID iDs for submission. The Department of Transportation also requires ORCIDs for grant applications.
How do I get an ORCID iD?
- Register for an ORCiD ID at orcid.org. It takes less than a minute to sign up and it’s free of charge
- Add your information, including things like your ResearcherID from Web of Science or your Scopus Author ID. This page will tell you how to do that. You can also add your education and institutional affiliations.
- Use your ORCiD ID when submitting journal articles and grant applications.
Top 5 Things to Know About ORCID
- Freely available and easy to obtain online at http://orcid.org (the sign-up process takes less than two minutes)
- Publisher neutral. Unlike your Scopus ID or your Web of Science ID, ORCID isn’t limited to only one database or publisher, meaning that it can be more comprehensive than any publisher-specific ID. ORCID also supports 37 types of "works," so you are not limited to just journal articles--datasets, figures, patents, biological products, etc. can all be added as well.
- Permanent. Your ORCID iD doesn’t change, regardless of whether you move institutions or change your name. This means that you can also keep track of graduate students, fellows and early career researchers as they progress in their careers.
- Partially automated. You can set up your profile to be linked to existing data sources such as Scopus to automatically import materials into your profile. And ORCID can be interconnected to other services, such as WoS, Figshare, etc. and information can be pushed back and forth between these services. This page will tell you how to connect different services.
- Increasingly popular among publishers who ask for it in the article submission process, and can also be integrated into NIH’s SciENcv tool to create biosketches. Funding agencies like the Department of Transportation and Wellcome Trust now require that researchers have ORCID iDs.