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ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a system of unique identifiers that is used to identify researchers and their research outputs across platforms.

ORCIDs are a good idea because:

  • They distinguish between researchers with the same or similar names
  • It saves time – entering your ORCID will auto-populate personal details when completing online forms on compatible systems
  • ORCIDs are community driven and non-proprietary
  • ORCIDs allow different platforms to talk to each other. Signing up for an ORCID will allow the push and pull of data from one system to another. All publications with a DOI can automatically be added to your ORCID record by giving CrossRef (DOI provider) permissions to add data to your account

Nearly 2 million researchers already have signed up for ORCIDs and they are free. You can register on the ORCID website.

ORCIDs are increasingly important:

  • There is a possibility they will be mandated for the next REF, as recommended in The Metric Tide report
  • Publishers are beginning to require authors to have an ORCID at point of submission e.g. RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry), AGU (American Geophysical Union), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and PLOS (Public Library of Science)
  • Funders are beginning to require ORCIDs in grant applications e.g. The Wellcome Trust


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