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What is ORCID?


ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is a non-profit registry of permanent researcher identifiers.  Most scholars have run into trouble at one time or another when searching for articles by an author with a common name, who published under different variants of their name (including in other languages), or who changed their name.  Sometimes even subtle changes, like whether you include a middle initial, can impact the ease with which scholars can find your work.  ORCID aims to solve the name ambiguity problem by providing researchers with a unique ID (like a social security number for your scholarship).

ORCID's services are publisher-neutral and intended for scholars in any discipline, type of organization, or geographic location. You can include many forms of scholarship, from multimedia projects to patents to translations.



Why use ORCID?

Here are a just a few reasons to create an ORCID profile:

  • Improve discoverability of your work
  • Protect your scholarly identity
  • Ensure accurate attribution of your work
  • Consolidate all your information in one place - no need to type in same information over and over
  • Automatically update your research profile (if you choose)
  • Required by many funding agencies (e.g., NSF, NIH)
  • Required by an increasing number of publishers (e.g., Science, The Royal Society, PLoS)
  • Support a non-profit organization that aims to improve scholarly communication

This Nature blog post explores the benefits of ORCID in more detail. 

PhD Comics: Making a Case for ORCID


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