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Author Identity Management

Name Ambiguity Issues, ORCID Creation and Integration

ORCID - What, Who, Why

What is ORCID? (ORCID record holders login here)

ORCID (pronounced as "orkid") stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort initiated to resolve author name ambiguity issues by:

  • Creating and maintaining a registry of persistent unique researcher identifiers
  • Embedding ORCID iDs in key workflows, such as manuscript subscription, grant applications and patent applications
  • Enabling the integration of ORCID iDs with different identifier schemes and research systems
  • A typical ORCID iD is a 16-digit number that looks like this: "0000-0002-4301-0466"

orcid id

  • It is associated with an ORCID profile where you can maintain a list of your scholarly outputs. You can choose to make your profile public, private, or limited access only.

Who uses ORCID?

ORCID is a universal identifier being adopted by different publishers, institutions and funding agencies worldwide:

  • Databases (e.g. Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science)
  • Other proprietary identifier schemes (e.g. Scopus Author ID, ResearcherID)
  • Publishers (e.g. Elsevier, PLoS, Thomson Reuters, Nature, Wiley)
  • Manuscript submission system (e.g. ScholarONE)
  • Research and professional societies (e.g. ACS, IEEE, AAAS)
  • Funding agencies (e.g. NIH, CERN, Wellcome Trust)
  • Software/Platforms (e.g. Altmetric, FigShare, CrossRef, etc.)
  • Repositories and CRIS systems (e.g. Pure, Converis, etc.)
View this video to learn more about ORCID

View this video to learn more about ORCID

(See the full list of integrators)


Why is using ORCID beneficial to researchers?

  • Eliminates author name ambiguity
  • Improves discoverability of scholarly output
  • Enables reviewers to find researchers more easily
  • Increases overall research visibility and impact
  • Facilitates networking with other researchers
  • Used by publishers for manuscript submission and database listing
  • Used by professional associations for membership purposes
  • Links scholarly works and profiles across multiple platforms and systems (e.g. Scopus Author ID and ResearcherID)
  • It is a universal, persistent, and unique identifier that stays with you throughout your career regardless of affiliation

Great! How do I get an ORCID iD?


orcid live

Click to see researchers create their ORCIDs in real time!
(You will see a world map with red pins dropping down to show newly created ORCIDs in different areas.)