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ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier

Learn how to create and populate an ORCID and use it to support your research activities.

What Is ORCID?

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ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is “an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.” 

An ORCiD® identifier is a permanent 16-character identifier for researchers. Your ORCID iD belongs to you. You get to decide what information you associate with it, who can see this information, and which other organizations can add information on your behalf. You can keep adding to it throughout your research career, no matter your affiliation.

Benefits of ORCID include:

  • Differentiate yourself from other researchers with the same or similar names
  • Collect works published under different versions of your name
  • Provide your ORCID iD to funders and publishers when required, and to colleagues who wish to view your works
  • ORCID iDs are increasingly being used by publishers, funders, and other organizations to confirm identity and improve their workflows.
  • Create an online research CV

Attach your ORCID to all of your work throughout its life cycle -- from grant applications to publications to datasets and more.

As a member of ORCID, ODU is making it possible for you to easily share your research information and keep it up-to-date. "Enter once, reuse often" is the purpose of ORCID which makes connections to many of the funders, publishers, and research systems (eg, Digital Measures) that require your publication and research output information. 

View a sample ORCID profile:

Why Is It Important To Have An ORCID?

Having an ORCID has become a requirement of research funders and publishers. 

As stated in the August 25, 2022 Memorandum "Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research," (PDF – Links to an external source and may not be accessible) persistent identifiers (PIDs) will be needed for individual researchers and for research outputs (including articles, data, reports, etc). This requirement is also part of the recently released NSPM-33 (National Security Presidential Memo 33) Requirements (PDF – Links to an external source and may not be accessible).

Publishers requiring ORCIDs include PLOS, IEEE, ACS, Springer, Wiley, Sage, Taylor & Francis, and Cambridge University Press.

ORCID has become the standard PID for researchers. 

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