ORCID, which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a free, unique, persistent identifier for individuals to use as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. It is a 16 digit number that will be unique to you, that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Having an ORCID ensures that you get credit for your work throughout your career.
You can connect your iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. You can use your iD to share your information with other systems or even to log in to some scholarly sites. Many publishers and grant funders are encouraging or requiring the use of an ORCID for corresponding authors and principle investigators.
People use “ORCID” or “ORCID iD” interchangeably, but what they’re talking about is a 16-digit number and the associated record (sometimes called a profile) that stores automatic links to all your research, and links all your research with you. By allowing trusted organizations to add your research information to your ORCID record, you can spend more time conducting your research and less time managing it.
Your ORCID moves stays with you throughout your career:
ORCIDs save time when used with complementary systems:
The more well-populated ORCID records there are, the more value that both researchers and the entire community can gain from participating in ORCID. Here are some ways that you can populate your record easily!
1.Connect your record - In your record, you have access to nearly 1,200 integrations across research and academic institutions, publishers, funders, and other service providers and more are being added all the time! There are many ways you can connect to the record of scholarship already in other databases, publishers, or your own files.
2. Ensure your work is discoverable by adjusting the Availability Settings - the visibility of each piece of data in your ORCID record is controlled by you. Learn how to adjust visibility to make your work discoverable—or keep some things private or shared only with your trusted organizations. It’s up to you!
3. Automatic updates to your record as you publish - Ensure that data such as peer reviews and other works automatically get pushed to your record when they become available by linking your record with Datacite, Crossref or Publons.