ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a signature that can be used on everything from online publications to research data, websites, blogs and social media to CVs and emails. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. A number of publishers already require at least the corresponding authors to have an ORCID ID. ORCID has been recommended as a national researcher identifier in Finland.

ORCID aims to solve common issues such as:

  • Not getting credit for your research because your name is common or because you have published using a different version of your name.
  • Struggling to find a central place to keep track of all your research outputs.
  • Having to spend time entering the same information over and over in publisher and grant submission systems.

What is ORCID?

  • Unique, persistent identifier for researchers.
  • Non-profit organisation supporting links between systems.
  • ORCID is an open, community-driven organisation.
  • Discipline-neutral and not tied to any particular platform or publisher.

Benefits you to:

  • Improves discoverability.
  • Connects your work.
  • Eliminates name ambiguity.
  • Stays with you throughout your career.
  • Reduces time spent on repetitive data entry by pulling information from other sources.

Where to use an ORCID iD?

  • Manuscript submission.
  • Grant applications.
  • Professional society memberships.
  • Linked to your other profiles.
  • Display on your CV, web profiles and more.
  1. Watch the video (4:16): What is ORCID?
  2. Create your own ORCID iD. Update your profile (e.g. upload your publication information and add your education and work experience).
  3. Search some of your colleagues from ORCID. Do they have ORCID profiles? Search also “John Smith”. You will understand one reason why ORCID is important.

In a nutshell, ORCID just makes your life easier. In future, use ORCID when submitting manuscripts to journals. ORCID eases maintaining your publication record. Also, for instance, finding publications of a research group on databases is much easier if all researchers have ORCID.  

Further information:

Video (3:02): A Quick Tour of the ORCID Record

Video (4:17): How to use ORCID

Brown, J. 2016. Maintaining your research identity and streamlining systems. (Note! Audio recording and slides at the bottom of the page.)

(11/2021 KH)