What is ORCID and why to use it?

The international ORCID identifier (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) will provide you with a permanent and unique digital identifier. It’s a series of numbers that will distinguish you from other researchers. There are currently over 5 million ORCID identifiers in use across the globe. ORCID:

  • resolves confusion arising from name changes, researchers with the same name, or different ways of writing a person’s name.
  • enables your research outputs to be automatically linked to each other
  • will, over time, reduce the need to enter the same personal and publication data into many different systems.

Some examples of Orcid use

  • ORCID identifier will be automatically transferred into databases with publication information. Therefore it is also easy to trace researcher’s publications and export publications into other systems. ORCID is added into publication at manuscript stage.
  • ORCID can be linked with other researcher identifiers which enables exporting publications from databases (Scopus, Web of Science) into ORCID account.
  • ORCID can be used as CV and it can also be updated manually e.g. with education and career history.
  • Information about being as reviewer can be added to ORCID by publisher(s)
  • Funding organizations such as Vetenskaprådet in Sweden and WellcomeTrust in the UK require funding applicants to have ORCID identifiers which easies the transfer of CV information into funding applications.

Linking publications from databases to ORCID profile

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Last updated: 4.12.2018