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.
- Watch the video (4:16): What is ORCID?
- Create your own ORCID iD. Update your profile (e.g. upload your publication information and add your education and work experience).
- 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.
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.)