An ORCiD ID is a lifelong digital name for an individual researcher that consists of a persistent, unique, numeric identifier.

About ORCiD IDs

ORCiD IDs are an important tool for researchers as they:

  • Distinguish you from other researchers with the same or similar names.

  • Help you create a profile for your research activities, regardless of whether you have changed names, published under multiple variations of your name, or switched institutions.

  • Are required by major publishers such as PLoS and IEEE.

  • Are increasingly requested by funding agencies such as the Department of Transportation and the Wellcome Trust for grant applications.

  • Are required by for individuals supported by NIH, AHRQ, and CDC research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards.


Get an ORCiD ID

Registering for an ORCiD ID is easy—all you need is your name, email, and about 30 seconds! 

Register for an ORCiD ID


Use your ORCiD ID

You can use your ORCiD ID in many ways—we list just a few starting points below. Contact your librarian or browse the ORCiD help topics for additional assistance.


Learn more about ORCiD IDs

This four minute video shows how ORCiD IDs can help you manage your scholarly profile to support grant funding and promotion, and to increase the visibility of your research. 

What is ORCID?