ORCID: You Know My Name(s)

If only researchers and their work could be traced with a unique identifier. You could make sure you’re not confusing them, find all their publications, and the lives of publishers and users of research would be much easier. Well, it turns out there is such a thing, and our colleague Isabelle Vuillemin-Raval tells you how and why you should adopt it.

What is ORCID?

The Open Researcher and Contributor ID, better known as ORCID, is an interdisciplinary and international non-for-profit organization that provides a unique digital alphanumeric code for researchers. This code may be the academic equivalent of your fingerprint. ORCID is unique, and above all it’s persistent and can follow you throughout your academic career.

“ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.”
(https://orcid.org/ )

Who is using ORCID?

ORCID is available for individual researchers or working groups, but it is also used as a workflow tool by:

Why should you create an ORCID ID?

ORCID removes potential confusion when two different researchers have similar names (homonyms). For a quick example, just think of Professor Richard Baldwin from the Institute – a unique identifier can separate him from researchers in health or nanoscience. ORCID also works in the case of name variations (marriage, transcription from a different alphabet, etc.) and allows researchers to be properly identified.

Your ORCID can link your publications together, despite institutional changes, and it can help connect your different academic or social media profiles/ID together (Scopus, Web of Science, Wikipedia, Facebook, LinkedIn, Academia.edu, Mendeley, etc.). It can also identify your works on multiple platforms such as  Zenodo and other repositories.

You can use it to save time by not having to re-enter information several times (when you apply for funding or submit a manuscript to a publisher).

It’s freely accessible and doesn’t depend on any publisher or database. It also helps improve your academic visibility, and you can manage the level of privacy of each information you put on your ORCID account: Everyone (public), Trusted parties or Only me (private).

In summary

ORCID is a great tool you should use to support your research activity. Use it and link your ID to your intellectual production (publications, data, articles, funds…) and your affiliations to journals, databases, repositories, funding agencies, organisations, etc.

Here’s an example of a a researcher profile making good use of the platform. Convinced yet? Why don’t you register now and consult the list of best practices?


ORCID iDs also have an impact on Impact factor calculations. Did you already check our new guide on the subject?

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