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What is ORCID?

Founded in 2010, ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers, ORCID iDs, and a method of linking research-related items, such as articles as datasets, to these identifiers. An increasing number of publishers and research funders are using ORCID iDs as a way for researchers to identify themselves when submitting publications or bids.‌

Why should I have an ORCID iD? What’s in it for me?

An ORCID iD is for life: if you change institution anywhere in the world you take it with you. With an ORCID iD you can ensure all your grants, publications and outputs are correctly attributed to you. Unlike employer or publisher identifiers, your ORCID record is managed by you and stays with you throughout your career. Organisations such as HESA, Wellcome, RCUK and publishers are using this identifier and in the future it will ensure smoother linking up of all aspects of research and enable new services around managing and publicising these activities.

What does ORCID membership do for funding agencies?

Funding agencies will be able to track and correctly identify their grants and related outputs to the correct researcher, no matter how many times they change institution, or indeed, name. Research funders are increasingly integrating ORCID and other persistent identifiers in their application processes. You will find that many publishers now require you to enter an ORCID iD when you submit a publication. From August 2015 Wellcome Trust requires ORCIDs in grant applications.

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Adapted from the University of Oxford under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported licence (CC BY 3.0).  Original content at: http://researchdata.ox.ac.uk/

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