ORCID, which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a free, unique, persistent identifier (PID) for individuals to use as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. ORCID has always been and will always be free of charge to researchers. This aligns with our vision of connecting all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time.
The trust-building and time-saving power of your ORCID iD is unlocked when you connect your iD and enable information to flow into your record. Your name, published name, biography, and email addresses need to be added manually, but all other fields can be populated by connecting your iD with other information systems.
One of the greatest values to researchers apart from name disambiguation comes when they are prompted for identifying information in various research contexts. Entering in an ORCID iD in manuscript submission systems, grant applications, or an institution’s research information management system can save researchers considerable time while ensuring the use of quality data that has been researcher-approved and certified by their affiliated organizations.
Over the last decade since ORCID was founded, the ORCID iD has become the most widely used identification mechanism for researchers to assert online identity. In the Higher Education and Government sectors, ORCID has become a de facto standard. We are proud to be an embedded component of the global research infrastructure valued by researchers and the research community broadly.
ORCID has an excellent web page especially for researchers, with videos, tutorials, and tips. Check it out, and sign in or register for an ORCID.