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Information on ORCID iDs, how to get one, and how and why to use it.

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Except where otherwise noted, this guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Many thanks to Jessica Lange at McGill University for allowing reuse of their ORCID guide content.

What is ORCID?

The ORCID iD is a unique, persistent identifier free of charge to researchers.

You can connect your ORCID iD with your professional information via your ORCID profile to include institutional affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more.

You can use your ORCID iD to share your information with other systems, ensuring you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors.



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Benefits of using ORCID


  • distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you
  • reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations
  • reduces form-filling (enter data once, re-use it often)
  • improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs
  • is interoperable (works with many institutions, funders, and publishers)
  • is persistent (enduring)
  • is FREE

It is also often a requirement when you submit journal articles or grant applications. Currently there are over 11 million live ORCID iD's in existence, and this number is growing rapidly!

ORCID logo with multiple ways of using it