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What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is an non-profit organization supported by a global community of researchers and organizations.  The goal of this organization is to connect researchers and to enable collaboration in global scholarship. With an ORCID ID, each researcher gains a personal, unique identifier and gains control over their scholarly identity.

What are the benefits?

  • Build your profile and enhance the visibility of your work.
  • Personal, unique identifier distinguishes you from other researchers with a similar name
  • Asserting agency over scholarly identity
  • Your personal information is not shared, you control what you share
  • Connection to a global community of researchers
  • All of your scholarly activities can be listed in one place and only trusted organizations can be linked to you
  • Data providers, including CrossRef and MLA International Bibliography populate ORCID profiles.
  • ORCID ID is designed to be a career-long identifier; your ID goes with you regardless of your institution.
  • Use your ORCID profile page to share information about your research activities and outputs.

Why bother with an ORCID ID?

  • Some publishers require ORCID IDs before submitting work for peer review
  • Some publishers require ORCID IDs for reviewers
  • Some funding agencies embed ORCID IDs into funding workflows
  • Some professional organizations and societies use ORCID IDs as part of their membership information and conference workflows.

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