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Publishing your Research Article: Science and Engineering : Use ORCID Author Identifier

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Use ORCID Author Identifier

ORCID® is a registry of research identifiers. Its purpose is to distinguish scholars from one another (regardless of name variants) and provide those scholars with a means of linking to and sharing their research objects with others, including journal articles, data sets, multimedia projects, and patents. ORCID’s goal is to provide one central service that links with other research identifiers. This eliminates scholars’ need to enter and re-enter the same data and information in different systems. ORCID’s services are for scholars in any discipline, type of organization, or geographic location. Learn more at An increasing number of publishers are requiring you to have an ORCID ID in order to submit your manuscript. Even if an ORCID ID is not required, there are many reasons to create one:

  • Reliably connects you with your contributions and affiliations
  • Saves you time – “enter once, re-use often”
  • Improves recognition for you and your research outputs
  • Increases discoverability of your research outputs
  • Alleviates mistaken identity
  • You own and control your record, managing what information is connected and how it is shared
  • More and more systems you already use are connected with ORCID
  • Free to register and use

This page provides resources on creating and managing an ORCID ID, as well as suggestions for other author profile management practices. 


Here are 4 steps you should take to build your ORCID profile: 

  1. Register your ORCID ID 
  2. Link to your institutional account
  3. Build your profile information
  4. Add works to your ORCID record 

Visit the ORCID support page for help with these actions, or contact a UW-Madison Librarian

Additional Author Profile Management Best Practices

Beyond ORCID - there are many other factors that go into curating an effective online presence that represents the entirety of your research output and impact. Please visit these research guides for more information.