Researcher & Author Identifiers, Profiles and Social Networks: Maximize your Impact: ORCID

Increase the impact of your publications. Tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher and author.

Register and Claim Your Work!

ORCID, short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, provides a persistent digital identifier that helps researchers and scholars to distinguish their research activities from those of others with similar names. 

Find out more information about ORCID here.


Having an ORCID gives you the following benefits:

  • Accurate author identification
  • Online user profile
  • Publication list
  • User privacy controls
  • Well supported by many publishers: some publishers are passing ORCID iDs through the entire publication process
  • Free account at Impactstory. (Why is this a good thing? Click here to learn more.)

Additionally, ORCID is an open, non-profit and community-driven effort. Its registry offers an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current researcher ID schemes.


ORCID has the following limitations:

  • No citation metrics available
  • Generally does not recognize duplicate publication records well at the moment

Other IDs

ORCID integrates with ResearcherID.

You can exchange data between ORCID and ResearcherID, including your profile information and your publication list.

ORCID integrates with Scopus Author ID.

You can import publications associated with your Scopus Author ID.

ORCID integrates with SciENcv.

ORCID account holders who have linked their accounts to NCBI can populate their SciENcv profiles with the information stored in their ORCID accounts.


Check out the ORCID blog for all ORCID news and latest developments.

How do I get started with ORCID?

Once you have an ORCID

Use your ORCID ID!

Include your ORCID identifier on:

  • your webpage
  • when you submit publications
  • apply for grants
  • in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work

It is a good idea to link it to other identifiers such as ResearcherID and Scopus Author ID. For example, when you submit a manuscript for publication with your ORCID attached to it and the paper gets published in a journal that is indexed in Web of Science or Scopus, the paper gets automatically added to your ResearcherID or Scopus Author ID profile.

Tips for working with ORCID

There are a few different ways of how to add publications to your ORCID profile:

This blog post outlines ways to get the most of your unique ORCID.

If you have an idea of how you think ORCID could improve their service you can post it on the ORCID ideas forum and track the development status.


Contact your local Librarian for further advice.

Update! Auto-update is available

A very exciting change has occurred recently and ORCiD users might not have to manually update their profiles any longer.

Questions you may have:

Q. What do I need to do to sign up for auto-update?

You need to grant permission to Crossref and DataCite to post information to your ORCID record.  You can do this today by using the Search and Link wizard for DataCite available through the ORCID Registry or the DataCite Metadata Search page.  We also have added a new ORCID Inbox, so that you can receive a message from Crossref or DataCite if they receive a datafile with your iD, and you can grant permission directly. See more on the ORCID Inbox.

Q. Will Crossref and DataCite be able to update my ORCID record with already published works for which I did not use my ORCID iD?

No.  The auto-update process only applies to those works that these organizations receive that include your ORCID iD. For previous works that did not include your ORCID iD, you will need to use the DataCite and Crossref Search and Link wizards to connect information with your iD.

Q. What information will be posted to my record?

With your permission, basic information about the article (such as title, list of contributors, journal or publisher) or dataset (such as data center name and date of publication) will be posted, along with a DOI that allows users to navigate to the source paper or dataset landing page.

Q. What if my journal or data center doesn’t collect ORCID iDs?

Ask them to!  This simple step can be accomplished using either the Public or Member ORCID APIs. Information about integrating ORCID iDs in publishing and repository workflows is publicly available.

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