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What is ORCID®?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an international, open, not-for profit organization that maintains a registry of unique researcher identifiers and method for tracking research activities and outputs.

An ORCID identifier is very helpful for disambiguating researchers with similar names and allows researchers to gather together their works. Increasingly, ORCID ids are being used in grant and patent applications and journal submissions.

Why ORCID...

There are many reasons to use an ORCID ID some are listed below:

  • Many publishers and funders are now requiring authors to have an ORCID ID
  • Links to your datasets is addition to articles and other works
  • Links to all of your works, including those that may have been published under other different names over the course of your career
  • Makes it easy for others (grant funders, other researchers, etc.) to find your work
  • Disambiguates your work from others with the same or similar names to your name
  • Vendor and platform neutral
  • Allows you to control what information in your ORCID profile you share (see ORCID Privacy Policy)
  • Many organizations integrate with ORCID, and several require ORCID IDs for submission and applications (ORCID's chart of current integrators)

Link Works from Another Research Tracking System

This is the recommended method. ORCID provides instructions on their Links Works page.

It's a good idea to start your profile by bringing your records in by linking to a bibliographic database that has robust data about your publications, including identifiers such as DOIs or PMIDs, since these are what ORCID uses to match records. Good places to start include:

  • Scopus - This site will set you up to link your Scopus publications and Scopus Author ID to ORCID
  • ResearcherID - You can send your publications (note, not patent or grant publications) from ResearcherID to ORCID
  • MLA International Bibliography - MLA offers MLA BibLink, which allows you to search MLA Bibliography for your works, including variant names, and add them to ORCID

Importing from BibTex files

You can import citations from Google Scholar, Endnote, Zotero, or other citation managers if your citations are in BibTeX format.

ORCID provides information on the process for you. Remember your citations should be as complete as possible and include a DOI or PMID to help reduce the likelihood that you will obtain duplicate records down the road.

Importing Grant Data to ORCID

The ÜberWizard is a free and open service for researchers and funders that facilitates adding grants to researchers ORCID profiles. It includes over 1 million grants from over 60 of the top US and European funding agencies.


How do I obtain an ORCID ID?

Register for an ORCID ID

Registering is simple and fast. If you enter your name and email address and create a password. There is no fee. You do not need to be affiliated with an institution.

How do I know if I already have an ORCID ID?

If you can't remember if you already set up an ID, search for your name in the ORCID Registry.

I've set up duplicate ORCID IDs for myself!! How do I fix this?

The ORCID support team will be able to help you. They will merge your accounts so one becomes the primary account. For more information, see "What if I have two ORCID IDs?"

Will ORCID automatically import my citations?

If you add your ORCID when submitting your publications AND authorize DataCite and CrossRef to automatically update your ORCID record, you works should automatically be updated to your profile. More information is available from ORCID's Blog post.

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