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This guide provides an introduction to ORCiD. Content provided courtesy of Catherine Flynn-Purvis from the University of Oregon Libraries.

What is ORCiD?

Why ORCiD?

  • ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-proprietary, non-profit community-based registry of research identifiers.
  • Links authors to their datasets and other works in addition to articles.
  • Authors can control what information in their ORCID profile they share. Only the ORCID ID is automatically shared. (See ORCID's privacy policy.)
  • It is easy to import research output from other sources (including ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, and Datacite Metadata Store to your ORCID profile. (See ORCID's import works page.)
  • Many organizations and publishers integrate with ORCID including Nature Publishing Group, Elsevier, and the American Physical Society. See a complete list of integrators.
  • Registration is free, privacy-protected, and quick. Go to ORCID's registration page.
  • For more information, read our ORCID FAQs or Haak, Laurel L. et al. 2012. "ORCID: a system to uniquely identify researchers." Learned Publishing 25(4): 259-64.

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