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Unique Author Identifiers: ORCID

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. 

Get started with ORCID

Registration for an ORCID iD is free and the process is simple.

Reasons to register with ORCID

  1. Do you have a common name? Use your ORCID id to easily identify yourself. 
  2. You can maintain your ORCID account while moving between institutions.
  3. You can update your ORCID account if your name changes. 
  4. Many journal publishers now require that the submitting author provides an ORCID iD as part of the manuscript submission process.

Adding works to your ORCID profile

While you can add works to your ORCID profile manually, it's recommended that you allow trusted organizations to add information to your ORCID record.  The best way is to add works by direct import from other systems.

The Scopus AuthorID wizard is one of the ways to import works.  It's associated with your Scopus AuthorID and enables you to bulk import your published works into ORCID.

 

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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