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ORCiD at Brandeis University

This guide is intended for faculty and student researchers. It contains information about the Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCiD) registry, including how to get, use, and connect your ORCiD.

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Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources & Discovery

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This guide is adapted from the work of our colleagues at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and is licensed as CC-BY-NC.

The Open Researcher & Contributor ID

ORCiD ID LogoThe Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCiD) registry provides unique, persistent, non-proprietary identifiers for researchers, creators, and contributors of all types. Your ORCiD moves with you throughout your career, improving attribution and visibility of your grants, research, scholarship, and creative and entrepreneurial activities. The use of ORCiDs is fast becoming standard in academia, and many publishers and funders now require them.

Why ORCiD?

What problem is ORCiD trying to solve?

Name ambiguity. Researcher names are neither unique nor static: whatever your name is, there is someone else out there with the same one, and your name may appear in many different ways throughout your career. ORCID identifiers are a tool for disambiguating researchers and creators to ensure that they get credit for their work.

From the ORCID mission page:

ORCID provides an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. We provide open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations. We provide this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.

What makes ORCID identifiers different from other researcher identifiers?

ORCID identifiers are non-proprietary, and there is no fee to maintain yours (member organizations pay dues in order to support the registry); they are not tied to your place of work or host institution, and you control what information gets linked to or displays on your ORCID profile. The registry isn't a "social network," despite the "collect and connect" model: your ORCID profile simply displays the activities, education, employment, and funding you add or approve from Trusted Organizations (see "Controlling Privacy and Visibility" for more information on how this works).

Why should I get an ORCID iD?

Having an ORCID iD helps you:

  • Make your work more discoverable by others
  • Distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names
  • Protect your work from misattribution
  • List grants, scholarship, peer review, and other projects all in the same easy-to-find place
  • Assert authorship over your work, no matter how your name appears in publication
  • Minimize data entry when submitting research for publication or applying for grants

ORCID iDs are quickly being adopted in academic and research outlets: many funders and publishers already require an ORCID iD on manuscript submissions or grant proposals, with more planning to move from accepting to requiring ORCID iDs in the near future.

What can I do with an ORCID iD?

Connect with CrossRefImpactStoryScopusPublons, and others. Have an NCBI account? Link your ORCID profile and use the information to populate your SciENcv profile.