ORCID, which stands for Open Researcher Contributor ID, is a free, unique, 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 libguide page 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.
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:
Establish a unique presence for yourself, regardless of name variants or affiliation history.
Ensure that you are actively linked to your research activities, works, and organizations throughout your research career.
Allows customizable visibility for each piece of data within your ORCID record.
Auto-update your profile through integrations with other research institutions, publishers and organizations (Crossref, Datacite, Publons)
Encouraged by most publishers; required by some publishers for manuscript submittal or reviewers