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Unique Author Identifiers

What is ORCID?

ORCID, short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a unique digital identifier for authors, similar to a barcode or an ISBN. ORCID was created to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly publications. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier called an ORCID iD that distinguishes a researcher from every other researcher, and the iD stays with researchers though name and institution changes.

The ORCID id, if integrated in manuscript and grant submissions, supports linkages between a researcher and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

Benefits of ORCID

Sample ORCID Profile

To see what an ORCID profile looks like, view the profile of MCW faculty Xuelin Lou, PhD

ORCID profile Dr. Xuelin Lou

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