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Distinguish Yourself with ORCID: What is ORCID? How do I get it?


What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers (that distinguish you from every other researcher) and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.


Why should I get an ORCID iD?

  • Serves as a unique identifier to eliminate problems with author name ambiguity and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you.
  • Your ORCID iD is persistent. You can use it throughout your research career, no matter which organization you are affiliated with.
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What should I know before I get started?

Learn what you need to know about ORCID Visibility Settings (i.e. how you can make certain information visible to everyone, only trusted parties, or only yourself). 

Optional: Grant delegate access to a trusted individual who can update your ORCID record and act as a delegate or proxy for managing your account. A trusted individual does not need to be another researcher, but must have an ORCID iD. Trusted individuals have access to your ORCID record, and will be able to edit any information on it, but for security reasons may not edit anything that requires you to enter your ORCID password.

To grant access to a trusted individual, go to Account settings, then Trusted individuals. In the search box, enter the ORCID iD, email address, or name of the person you want to make a trusted individual, then click search. Click on Add next to the name of the user you wish to make a trusted individual, or click on the user's name to be taken to their ORCID record if you need to check that you have the right person.


How do I get an ORCID ID?

Obtain an ORCID ID by filling out the brief registration form on the ORCID website.

Per ORCID's terms and conditions, you may only register for an ORCID iD for yourself.

If you need help with completing your registration, here is an explanation of the various fields on the form. 


I got my ORCID ID. Now what?