ORCID is a central registry of persistent, unique identifiers for individual researchers. ORCID iD helps you as a researcher to claim your publications and to distinguish you from other researchers. Name ambiguity is a recurring issue in scholarly communication: a researcher can use multiple names and one name can refer to multiple researchers. The University Library supports researchers in creating and using their ORCID iD and ORCID record.

What is ORCID iD?

Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCID) iD is a unique and permanent identifier - a 16-digit number - for researchers. It distinguishes you from other researchers and connects you with your research publications and professional activities. The ORCID iD ensures that publications and datasets are properly attributed, and researchers receive credit for their academic work.

Benefits of using an ORCID iD

  • Prevent name ambiguity
    • Personal names are often not unique and may change over time. ORCID prevents name ambiguity problems by providing a unique digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers.
  • Enhance discoverability and visibility of your research
    • Linking your research publications to your ORCID iD increases the discoverability of you as a researcher and your professional activities. Databases – such as Web of Science and Scopus – further enhance this visibility when you connect their author systems to your identifier.
  • One ORCID iD throughout your scholarly career
    • ORCID functions independently, regardless of institution and/or country. A single ORCID iD therefore collects and showcases your linked outputs throughout the entirety of your career.
  • ORCID for funding and/or publishing
    • The new publishing environment and infrastructures require an author identification which guarantees interoperability. ORCID has been increasingly integrated into the workflows of publishers, research organizations and grant funders. The ORCID iD is used for applications, manuscript submission systems and/or peer review processes.
  • Save time – Enter once, reuse often
    • ORCID generates automated linkages between your identifier and your professional activities. The system supports data found from a variety of different outlets and outputs – articles, datasets, peer-review activities, conference papers and more. Having your professional activities bundled in one central registry allows you to easily transfer your research activities to new institutions and/or organizations. 

Contact and more information

The Erasmus ORCID Library Team supports EUR researchers in creating and using their ORCID iD. We offer the following support services:

  • Workshops;
  • (Online) individual support;
  • In this LibGuide you will find:
    • Practical information on how to register for an ORCID iD;
    • How to add employment information;
    • How to link your existing research publications to your ORCID iD;
    • How to give organizations permission to auto-update your record.

For further questions, please contact: orcid.library@eur.nl