Researcher Profile Guide : ORCID
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 orcid.org.
ORCID has several benefits:
- 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
ORCID has a few limitations:
- Requires an up-front time investment to create a complete profile that automatically updates with new publications
- Does not provide bibliometric data such as citation tracking or H-index
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a global, not-for-profit entity which offers researchers a free unique identifier (known as an ORCID iD) to researchers in any discipline. As one of the most widely-used researcher profiles, ORCID has registered over 10.5 million users since its launch on October 16, 2012.
Users who register will receive a unique ORCID ID, which consists of a string of 12 digits, and a personal record attached to the ID. Although the ID itself will not change, users can edit and update their profiles as needed.
An ORCID record contains 5 sections:
- Employment (Positions held, institutions of employment)
- Education and qualifications (degrees, institutions attended, additional certifications)
- Works (all publications, including books, journal articles, reviews)
- Peer review (publications by other authors reviewed by record owner)
Users can choose to add as much or as little information to each of these sections. ORCID gives users full control over their profile privacy and allows all details other than the ID itself to be hidden. If desired, users can add Trusted Individuals to their profile and grant these individuals full access to edit and modify their ORCID records.
This short 4-minute video explains how ORCID can benefit you as a researcher: