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Tools for Authors: ORCID

This libguide provides guidance for authors in support of their scholarship efforts.


What is ORCID?


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes authors from other authors and through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between authors and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognized.

ORCID is linked among other identifier systems such as the Scopus Author ID, ResearcherID and LinkedIn; publishers such as Nature and APS; and funding agencies such as NIH and the Wellcome Trust (see the SciENCV tab for more information about ORCID integration with NIH). This means that ORCID is not limited to a specific platform and is a non-proprietary means of establishing your author name.

Your name is key to establishing a unique public profile throughout your research and academic career for publications and research activities. But if your name is a common name or if you have changed your name, or if you are affiliated with several organizations over your career, there may be multiple name variants associated with your publications and research activities.

ORCID provides a universal, non-proprietary solution by linking your publications/research activities to you.

Registering for an ORCID identifier helps to promote discoverability among multiple information platforms and workflows as well as establishing a unique presence for researchers and scholars, regardless of name variants or affiliation history.

Registration for the ORCID iD is free and privacy settings are controlled by the individual. To register, complete a short registration form and select Register.

See the ORCID materials for more information:

Adding a Delegate

ORCID has a delegate feature available to help with managing ORCID accounts. "Trusted Individuals" can be added as delegates to an ORCID account to allow for editing and updating of an ORCID account and profile. Note that Trusted Individuals must register for an ORCID account. 

More information:

What is the ORCID Inbox?

ORCID has a feature called the Inbox. The Inbox provides notifications of updates made to your ORCID profile by trusted organizations, requests to add works or other activities to your record, and notifications about being made a trusted individual. You can choose which messages are delivered to your Inbox and how frequently you receive alerts. For more information, see ORCID Inbox.

News and Resources

ORCID and Altmetric

Try out the new Altmetric for ORCID bookmarklet. The bookmarklet allows for viewing of the Altmetric Score of works on ORCID record pages. The bookmarklet supports Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.

How to get Started:

  1. Add bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar.
  2. Visit any ORCID Records.
  3. Get article level metrics by clicking the bookmarklet.

Note: When you want to see the Altmetric Score of your own works while you're logging in, click "View Public Profile."

What are the article level metrics provided by Altmetric?

See: Article Metrics and Altmetrics.

How to Obtain an ORCID iD?

Two Easy Steps for Obtaining an ORCID iD:

1. Go to the Register page.

2. Automatically add publications to the ORCID profile from Scopus or Web of Science.

Institutional Log-in Now Available

A Washington University institutional sign-in to ORCID using your WUSTL Key is now available. This new functionality will make it easier for authors to sign-in to ORCID.

To sign-in to your ORCID account using your institutional account, select the Institutional Account tab from your ORCID profile page. Enter "wash" and select Washington University in St. Louis from the dropdown list and click Continue. This will redirect to the WUSTL Key page to sign-in to ORCID using your institutional account.

Authors can unlink their ORCID accounts from Washington University using the Account Settings feature. Scroll to the Alternate Sign-in Accounts section and select the trash can icon next to the account to unlink it.

Six Things to do Now You've Got an ORCID iD

How can you make the most of your ORCID iD? When and where can you use it? And why should you do so?

Why Bother With an ORCID iD?

  • Establish a unique presence for yourself, regardless of name variants or affiliation history.
  • Distinguish yourself from other authors especially if you have a common name.
  • Ensure that you receive credit for your research activities and outputs throughout your research career.
  • Use your ORCID profile page to share information about your research activities and outputs.
  • Obtain article-level usage data for research outputs using the Altmetric bookmarklet.
  • Some publishers require ORCID iDs for authors before submitting a manuscript for peer review.
  • Some publishers require ORCID iDs of reviewers.
  • Some funding agencies embed ORCID iDs in funding workflows.
  • Auto-populate a NIH Biosketch with information in your ORCID profile via SciENcv in your My NCBI account.
  • Some professional societies and organizations integrate ORCID iDs as part of membership and meeting workflows.  
  • Some databases embed ORCID iDs in author profiles.

Complete list of participating publishers and organizations.

Who Uses ORICD iDs?

ORCID is used by:

  • Databases (Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science, etc.) 
  • Publishers (Elsevier, PLoS, Elsevier, Nature, etc.)
  • Publishing Platforms (ScholarONE)
  • Professional Societies (ACS, IEEE, AAAS, etc.)
  • Funding Agencies (NIH, CERN, Autism Speaks, etc.)
  • Software/Platforms (Altmetric, FigShare, CrossRef, etc.)
  • Biosketches (NIH, NSF, etc.)

Complete list of participating publishers and organizations.

Funders that Require an ORCID iD

  • Autism Speaks
  • US Department of Transportation

Publishers that Require an ORCID iD

Many publishers require ORCID iDs from authors during the publication submission process. Some publishers are:

  • American Chemical Society
  • eLife
  • EMBO
  • Frontiers
  • IEEE
  • Hindawi
  • PLoS
  • Rockefeller University Press
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Science
  • Science Open
  • The Company of Biologists
  • The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
  • Wiley

Complete list of participating publishers.