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Open Researcher and Contributors ID provides a persistent digital identifier for researchers


What is the purpose and benefit of obtaining a researcher ID through the ORCID system?

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. The goal is to support the creation of a permanent, clear and unambiguous record of scholarly communication by enabling reliable attribution of authors and contributors. The IDs offer a mechanism to distinguish individuals with common names, and are not affected by name changes, cultural differences in name order, inconsistent first-name abbreviations, or the use of different alphabets.

ORCID supports automated linkages between you and your articles and datasets (as well as other research-related items) through integration in manuscript and grant submission workflows. This ensures that your work is clearly associated with you, and recognized.

ORCID identifiers offer a mechanism that could be used to assign credit for scholarly contributions such as data sets, allowing a systematic way for such contributions to be recognized and rewarded.

What will be done with any personal data I enter in order to create my ORCID?

You need share only your name and email address, though other information can optionally be added as well (e.g. educational background, grants, patents, etc.).

You always have the final word over what data is shared. Through the privacy settings, you can make any data except the ID itself private.  Data you mark as private will not be shared with anyone (not even NYMC). 

ORCID’s privacy policy was initially reviewed by privacy experts, and now has been certified by TRUST-E as compliant with the European Union data protection mandates, which are considerably stronger than US regulations. ORCID’s use of your information is largely limited to providing news about relevant services, and only trusted parties can view the limited access data, if you have approved it for sharing. 

How can I associate publications with my ORCID?

Most scholarly publishers accept ORCID's during manuscript submissions. If you give publishers permission to do so, they can automatically update your ORCID profile when the submitted article is published.

You may also import publications, patents, grants and other works into your record any time.

You will then be given several options for searching for, importing or uploading publications to your profile.

Who can register for an ORCID iD?

Anyone in the world. Registering for an ORCID iD is free and requires only your name, an email address, and a password. Sign up here.

Is ORCID interoperable with other author identity systems?

ORCID is designed to be interoperable with many other author identity systems such as Scopus’ Author ID or PubMed Central ID. In addition, publishers and funding organizations such as the NIH, NSF, and Wellcome Trust are using or planning to use ORCID iDs in their records to facilitate grant application and manuscript submission processes.

Is ORCID just for articles?

No. ORCID allows for any publication type, conference proceedings, and intellectual property (including patents, licenses, and registered copyright items). ORCID will also be including other forms of works like datasets and grant funding in the future.