ORCID is a not-for-profit, open, and community-driven organization, created for and by the research community. ORCID was established to solve shared issues. ORCID’s vision is “a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time”.

ORCID functions as a hub

ORCID members are publishers, funders, research institutions and database providers. ORCID has been integrated in their workflows and this makes it possible to connect you to your publications, affiliations, grants etc.

To find out how this interoperability works in practice, see the example in this poster:  https://doi.org/10.23640/07243.8206601.v1   

ORCID's benefits include:

Personal names are often not unique and may change over time. Additionally, a researcher’s name can appear in systems as:

  • Different variants (e.g. Sofia Maria Hernandez Garcia, S.M.H. Garcia, Sofia Maria Garcia);
  • Spelled with diacritics (Müller, Mueller, Muller);
  • Or names can appear in different writing systems (王, Wang).

ORCID prevents name ambiguity problems by providing a unique digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers.

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.

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. 

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, by manuscript submission systems and/or in peer review processes.

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.

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