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ORCID & Author Identifiers: Link Your Name With Your Research


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What are author identifiers?

Author identifiers, such as ORCIDs, allow you to reliably and unambiguously connect your name with your work throughout your career, including your published papers, research data, institutional affiliations, or work history.  Author identifiers are helpful in a number of ways:

  • Provides a means to distinguish between you and other authors with identical or similar names.
  • Links together all of your works even if you have used different names over the course of your career.
  • Makes it easy for others (grant funders, other researchers, etc.) to find your research output.
  • Ensures that your work is clearly attributed to you

What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-proprietary, non-profit, global, community-based registry of research identifiers.

  • ORCID IDs are universally recognized and not tied to any specific database or publisher
  • ORCID enables authors to unambiguously link their name to all their scholarly outputs - articles, data, presentations, etc.
  • ORCID enables institutions to accurately know what their affiliated authors are creating
  • ORCID allows authors to control what information is shared in their ORCID profile. Only the ORCID ID is automatically shared. (See ORCID's privacy policy.)
  • ORCID makes it easy to import research output from other sources (including ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, and Datacite Metadata Store to your ORCID profile. (See ORCID's import works page.)
  • Many organizations and publishers integrate with ORCID including Nature Publishing Group, Elsevier, and the American Physical Society. See a complete list of integrators.
  • Registration is free, privacy-protected, and quick. Go to ORCID's registration page.
  • For more information, read our ORCID FAQs or Haak, Laurel L. et al. 2012. "ORCID: a system to uniquely identify researchers." Learned Publishing 25(4): 259-64.

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