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Researcher Services and Support: Author IDs and Profiles

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ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is a registery of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars that is open, non-profit, transparent, mobile, and community-based. 

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other contributor and supports automated linkages among all your professional activities. 

ORCID provides two core functions: 

  • A registry where you can obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities
  • APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication

The ORCID Registry is available free of charge to individuals who may obtain an ORCID identifier, manage their record of activities, and search for others in the Registry. 


Check out the ORCID page on our Scholarly Publishing research guide for help with setting up an ORCID and linking it with your other accounts. 

Who is using ORCID?

The ORCID web site maintains a list of institutions and organizations with established ORCID programs in place or in progress. The fast-growing list of ORCID adopters includes: 

Publishers and Presses including eLife Sciences, Elsevier, Wiley, Public Library of Science, Hindawi Publishing Group, Institute of Physics Publishing

Research Institutions such as CERN, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, National Institutes of Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qatar National Research Fund, and others

Funding Agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, The Wellcome Trust, Japan Science and Technology Agency, UK National Institute of Health Research

Learned Societies and Professional Associations such as: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Chemical Society, IEEE, Optical Society, Modern Language Association, and many more

Scholarly Sharing Service Providers including Altmetric, Dryad, Peerage of Science, CrossRef, FigShare, and many others!

Major Research Universities including Texas A&M, Harvard University, Caltech, MIT, University of Michigan, National Taiwan Normal University, Chalmers Institute of Technology, and many more. 

Current List of All ORCID Organizations


*The ORCID content on this guide has been reused with permission of University College Dublin Library. Link to original. Licensed with CC-BY-NC-SA*

Get Your ORCID!

Registering for an ORCID is easy. Go to and follow the three short steps. 

 ORCID Registration

Got an ORCID? Let us know what it is so we can track your scholarly activities and help you measure your impact. Link to Google Form

Scopus Author ID

Scopus, a subscription database, automatically assigns authors a unique Scopus Author ID when a publication is indexed. Any subsequent papers written by that author are automatically listed under that profile. Find out more about Scopus Author ID here. 

Having a Scopus Author ID allows you access to a robust suite of analytics and author metrics. It can automatically calculate your h-index

Scopus Author ID only analyzes publications that are in the Scopu​s database. 

Other IDs and Persistent Identifiers

  • ResearcherID - A unique ID available from Thomson Reuters Web of Science database. Tracks citation metrics, including your h-Index. 
  • My Citations (Google Scholar) - Provides access to citation metrics and graphs, and sends you an email alert every time one of your articles is sited. Counts academic articles, books, and other documents. 
  • ResearchGate - ResearchGate, a social networking site for scientists and researchers, allows you to connect with other researchers in your field and find potential collaborators. Provides metrics based on your contributions and interactions. 
  • Mendeley - A citation management tool that has social networking capabilities; allows you to share research and find potential collaborators. 
  • - Another site that allows researchers to connect and collaborate with peers. 


Being selected to peer review a paper is indicative that you are considered an expert in your field. But many reviewers don't receive recognition for their work in this area because reviews are often discarded after articles are published. Get credit for your peer review activities through Publons, a network of more than 65,000 reviewers, editors, and authors that records and verifies researchers' peer review contributions. ​

You can link your ORCID with Publons to get credit for verified peer review activities. Here's how. 

View all Publons activity from GW

Examples from GW: