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ORCID @ Indiana University

This guide is intended for faculty and student researchers. It contains information about the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) registry, including how to get, use, and connect your ORCID iD.

What is an ORCID?

An ORCID iD is a persistent numeric identifier that is unique to you. Researcher names are neither unique nor static. Many researchers may have the same name, and your name may change over time with life events. Using ORCID connects you with a trusted record of your education and employment affiliation, grant funding, research, and work that you have contributed such as presentations or publications.

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Having an ORCiD helps you:

  • Make your work more discoverable by others as your ORCID profile effectively acts as an online CV
  • Distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names
  • Protect your work from incorrect attribution
  • List grants, scholarship, peer review, and other projects all in the same easy-to-find place
  • Assert authorship over your work, no matter how your name appears in publication
  • Minimize data entry when submitting research for publication or applying for grants

ORCID iDs are quickly being adopted in academic and research outlets: many funders and publishers already require an ORCID iD on manuscript submissions or grant proposals, with more planning to move from accepting to requiring ORCID iDs in the near future. With 3 easy steps you can distinguish yourself as a researcher:

  1. Register! Registration takes 30 seconds. Verify your email account and you're ready to get started using ORCID. In addition to your IU email account, be sure to include a personal email for continuity of access.

  2. Add your work! Add your professional information, education, conference presentations, preprints, projects and data sets to your profile. Link to your other identifiers (Scopus, ResearcherID, LinkedIn). Connect with CrossRefDataCitePublons, and more! You can add publications by using the Search and Link Wizardimporting your citations as a BibTeX file, or entering them manually.

  3. Use it! Include your ORCID identifier when you submit to publishers or apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work. Add it to your webpage, staff profile, and in your email signature,

Adapted from ORCID - Connecting Research and Researchers,

Why should I get an ORCID iD

One significant advantage of ORCID is that it is not tied to a particular system, but is universal and can be used across many research information systems.  Increasingly, funders and publishers are requiring ORCiDs for submissions. Your ORCID iD stays with you for life, independent of name or institutional affiliation changes.  You own your ORCID iD, not your employer or publisher.

ORCID supports automatic linkages between you and your professional activities, ensuring that your work is recognized, and simplifying the process of updating your record of work. Some research information systems will automatically update your publications once you include your ORCID iD with your submission. You can connect with CrossRef, ImpactStory, Scopus, Publons, and others as trusted organizations in ORCID so that your ORCID profile will be automatically updated with information from these systems.


The National Institutes of Health and the UK’s Wellcome Trust were ORCID launch partners and you can connect your ORCID iD to your accounts with these institutions to automatically populate your profile in SciencV, or WT Grant Tracker.

Faculty can also use the data from their ORCID profiles to automatically populate Digital Measures.

Email for help setting up up your ORCID iD, or you can do this on your own by navigating to