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What is ORCID

What is ORCID?

ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier. ORCID is a persistent digital identifier that ensures that your work is easily distinguished from that of other researchers. Your ORCID profile is managed by you, and can link a range of information such as: publications, grants, employment history and education. Your ORCID ID can be used during the publishing process and other scholarly activities, such as grant applications, enables automatic linking of these activities and published works. Your ORCID ID stays with you during the course of your career even if you change institutions.

How do I get an ORCID iD?

  • Visit the ORCID site to register for your unique ORCID identifer.

Where can I use an ORCID iD?

  • Many publishers such as PLOS and Science require an ORCID iD for authors
  • Beginning in FY2020, NIH, AHRQ and CDC will require individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education and career development awards (e.g. T, K and F Awards), to have ORCID iDs (read the NIH Notice here)
  • Other author identifiers can be linked to your ORCID account. Both Researcher ID and Scopus Author ID are ORCID compliant
  • Pre-print publisher bioXRv allows authors to link their ORCID iD, as do other pre-print servers such as arXiv 
  • F1000 is a member organization of ORCID and allows you to connect your iD to your F1000 research
  • See the full list of ORCID member organizations including publishers, funders, and research management tools
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