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ORCID & Author Identifiers: Link Your Name With Your Research

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ORCID FAQ for Researchers at CWRU

What is ORCID?

ORCID is an acronym for Open Researcher & Contributor ID.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a method of linking research-related items, such as articles or datasets, to these identifiers. 

How can I obtain an ORCID now?

Register for an ORCID ID.

Once you have the ID, add your CWRU email address to ensure your ID is linked to CWRU as an institution.  You also have the option to build your profile through the “import works” button, associating your papers, data sets, and other research output with your ID. You can then include the ID as a link on your CV or web page.

What is the purpose and benefit of obtaining a researcher ID through the ORCID system?

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. The goal is to support the creation of a permanent, clear and unambiguous record of scholarly communication by enabling reliable attribution of authors and contributors. The IDs offer a mechanism to distinguish individuals with common names, and are not affected by name changes, cultural differences in name order, inconsistent first-name abbreviations, or the use of different alphabets.

ORCID supports automated linkages between you and your articles and datasets (as well as other research-related items) through integration in manuscript and grant submission workflows. This ensures that your work is clearly associated with you, and recognized.

ORCID identifiers offer a mechanism that could be used to assign credit for scholarly contributions such as data sets, allowing a systematic way for such contributions to be recognized and rewarded.

Do publishers and funding agencies use ORCID?

Elsevier, Thomson Reuters, Nature, and other major scholarly publishers are integrating ORCID IDs into the manuscript submission process and embedding ORCID IDs across their research ecosystems.  This saves authors time during the submission process and enables automatic updating of author bibliographies when articles are published

NIH, NSF, and other federal agencies are beginning to integrate ORCID into the ScienCV researcher profile platform, linking researchers, their grants, and their scientific output.  Funding agencies are using ORCID to streamline the grant and contract application process and reduce the data entry burden for those applying for research grants.

What will be done with any personal data I enter in order to create my ORCID?

You need share only your name and email address, though other information can optionally be added as well (e.g. educational background, grants, patents, etc.).

You always have the final word over what data is shared. Through the privacy settings, you can make any data except the ID itself private.  Data you mark as private will not be shared with any one (not even CWRU). 

ORCID’s privacy policy was initially reviewed by privacy experts, and now has been certified by TRUST-E as compliant with the European Union data protection mandates, which are considerably stronger than US regulations. ORCID’s use of your information is largely limited to providing news about relevant services, and only trusted parties can view the limited access data, if you have approved it for sharing. 

Read the complete ORCID privacy policy.

How can I associate publications with my ORCID?

Most scholarly publishers accept ORCID's during manuscript submissions. If you give publishers permission to do so, they can automatically update your ORCID profile when the submitted article is published.

You may also import publications, patents, grants and other works into your record any time.

You will then be given several options for searching for, importing or uploading publications to your profile.

How do I designate a trusted individual to enter information into my ORCID record for me?

You can designate trusted individuals to enter information into your ORCID record or remove trusted individuals from your ORCID account.

How to designate a trusted individual:

To designate a trusted individual on an ORCID account, both the researcher and the trusted individual must have an ORCID ID. 

  1. Login to ORCID.
  2. Click the Accounts Setting tab in the menu bar above your ORCID profile.
  3. Scroll down to the Trusted individuals section.
  4. In the search box, enter the ORCID ID, e-mail address, or name of the person you want to make a trusted individual, then click search.
  • If you enter an email address or ORCID ID, a pop-up box will ask you to confirm adding that user as a trusted individual.  Click Add. A user must have an ORCID iD before you can make them a trusted individual.
  • If you search for a trusted individual by name, a list of matching ORCID records will appear.  Click the Add button next to the name of the person you want to make a trusted individual, or click on the name to display their ORCID record.

How to remove a trusted individual

  1. Login to ORCID.
  2. Click the Accounts Setting tab in the menu bar above your ORCID profile.
  3. Scroll down to the Trusted individuals section.
  4. Click the trash can icon next to the Trusted individual’s name to remove them.


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