The Open Researcher Contributor Identification Initiative (ORCID) iD is an alphanumeric identifier for researchers, which clearly identifies them and facilitates different activities of the research process. In addition, the ORCID iD complies with ISO standard 277729.
There are over six million registered ORCID iDs worldwide and more than 38 million works linked to ORCID iDs.
- to clearly reference and identify your publications, and receive direct recognition for them
- to facilitate publication management
- to import data for funding applications and data management plans
Register in person on the ORCID website.
Registration requires your name, email address and a password. It also requires that you choose visibility settings for your ORCID records. These visibility settings can be customized for each element of the records (employment, education and qualifications, works, funding, memberships and services) individually.
Once you have registered, you will receive an email to verify your email address.
Yes, there are other identifiers, such as Scopus ID (Elsevier), Researcher ID (Thomson Reuters) or arXiv Author ID (arXiv repository).
- Scopus ID:
Authors with publications indexed in Scopus automatically receive a Scopus ID. A profile contains the identifier, references, quotes from works, h-index and subject areas. It is a service of Elsevier, which is integrated with other products, such as Mendeley. Publications from a ScopusProfile can be imported into an ORCID profile.
ResearcherID allows researchers to create an online profile to list their publications. Publications indexed in the Web of Science (WOS) are automatically imported and the publications imported from the WOS includes quotes. ResearcherID allows linking to an ORCID iD.
- arXiv Author ID:
An arXiv Author ID is an author identification within the repository arXiv and is used to clearly identify documents in the arXiv repository. An arXiv Author ID is defined and maintained by the author, and the profile is stocked semi-automatically.
The advantage of ORCID over other identifiers is that it is not connected to one publisher or repository. Any person whose activities are related to research can create a profile.