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 including PLOS, Wiley, and IEEE,

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


  • are increasingly requested or required by funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, US Department Transportation, and the Wellcome Trust for grant applications.

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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

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Use your ORCID iD

You can use your ORCID iD in many ways—we list just a few starting points below. Learn more about ORCIDs and find FAQs, including how to remove a duplicate ORCID iD.

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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. 

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Connect and automate scholarly profiles Learn how the data flows between tools and data sources

This flowchart visualizes how tools and data sources connect to one another. The flowchart content is also described in text below.

ORCID accounts can import data in three ways

SciENcv can be set up to automatically import from ORCID, MyNCBI (PubMed), and eRA Commons (NIH grants).

Many of the research information management tools used by the University of Minnesota are interconnected and can be linked together automatically, semi-automatically, or manually.

Experts@Minnesota automatically imports publication data from Scopus, grants data from Sponsored Projects Administration, and Human Resources (HR) data from PeopleSoft.  Experts@Minnesota then pushes this data automatically to Manifold, which is used by the Medical School.

ORCID can also manually export to Works, the UMN faculty reporting system.

For questions or assistance, contact your librarian or expertsmnhelp@umn.edu.

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