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All About ORCID
What is ORCID?
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent digital identifier number that distinguishes you from other researchers.
Why get an ORCID?
Having a unique persistent identifier allows you to:
- Maintain and manage your scholarly identity
- Easily link your profile to articles, conference proceedings, experiments, datasets, and more
- Differentiate between works authored under variant forms of your own name (ex. A. Brown, AR Brown, Anna R. Brown)
- Differentiate you from authors with identical or similar names
Additionally, several major scientific publishers and funding institutions are starting to require ORCID. You may be asked to sign up for an ORCID at some point during the publication process.
What publishers require ORCID?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about ORCID
ORCIDs: Maintaining Your Online Identity
Get Your ORCID!
Registering for an ORCID is easy. Go to ORCID.org and follow the three short steps.
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.
Linking Your Other Author Accounts
Once you have your ORCID account set up, you can easily import publications from other databases such as Scopus and Researcher ID. You can also link publications using the CrossRef metadata search; CrossRef is a database of all publications that have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). You can find publications via CrossRef search if you have a title, author, or DOI.
To link your Scopus Author ID to your ORCID profile, follow the instructions in the Scopus to ORCID Wizard. Once you set up the link between these two accounts, new publications will automatically transfer to your ORCID profile when they are added to Scopus.
ORCID iDs required for recipients of NIH, AHRQ & CDC grants
NIH, AHRQ, and CDC grant recipient are required to have ORCID iDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) beginning in FY 2020. See our Himmelfarb Library guide for how to register for an ORCID https://guides.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/scholarlypub/orcid The NIH introduced the option for PD/PIs and other users to associate an ORCID identifier with their eRA Commons Personal Profile in 2017, see the page on this guide for instructions on how to link your eRA Commons and My NCBI account https://guides.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/c.php?g=27840&p=170608 In addition, more than 7,000 journals now use ORCID iDs and, with the permission of users, can automatically populate ORCID user accounts with their citations when they publish. Federal grant applicants can also link their ORCID accounts with SciENcv (Science Expert Network Curriculum Vitae), to simplify the creation of biosketches for grant applications, to see how to link your ScienCV and ORCID accounts see the instructions on this NLM Bulletin page https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so13/so13_sciencv.html and this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_cKSRr7TJ4&feature=youtu.be