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ORCiD Identifiers

What is an ORCiD identifier?

An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor IDentifier), or ORCiD, is a unique, persistent 16-character identifier that's assigned to you when you register at It's free to register and it's portable--your iD is not affiliated with a specific institution. The identifier serves as a mechanism by which you may collect your digital scholarship and connect with other systems to maximize workflows and efficiently disseminate your scholarship.

Why get an ORCID iD?

  1. Your ORCiD distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you
  2. Connect your ORCiD to claim your digital scholarship by using ORCID Search & Link tools
  3. Use when you submit your scholarship:
    • Manuscript to a publisher
    • Grant proposal to a funder
    • Datasets to repositories
    • Publications or datasets to Scholars Junction
  4. Populate Digital Measures by importing publication data from your ORCiD record (see Using ORCID to Populate Digital Measures on the left sidebar).
  5. Streamline workflows by auto filling forms using your ORCiD.
  6. Use your ORCiD anytime there's an opportunity to link your works and scholarly activities to your ORCID record.
  7. Search ORCID using keywords to find other scholars throughout the world who are working in a related discipline.

Find out what ORCID identifiers are all about in the video below.


ORCID videos on Vimeo