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ORCID at Emory

This guide will help you understand the benefits of an ORCID iD and how to use it.

What Is ORCID?

ORCID iDs--or Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers--are unique identifiers that you can use to ensure you are always correctly associated with and connected to your academic work. The iDs help Emory staff, funders, publishers, scholarly societies, and other researchers quickly find and distinguish your work from materials created by other researchers with similar names. ORCID iDs are being used increasingly by publishers such as the Royal Society, PLOS, the American Geophysical Union, BMJ, Wiley, and dozens more. In addition, as of January 2023, all U.S. federal funding agencies will recommend or require researchers to have a digital persistent identifier, and an ORCID iD is the only one that meets all criteria established by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. For more information, see pages 8-10 of the Guidance for Implementing National Security Presidential Memorandum 33 (NSPM-33) on National Security Strategy for United States Government-Supported Research and Development.

Note that "ORCID" is pronounced  just like "orchid" (the flower).

To get started with ORCID, follow these three steps:

  1. Get an ORCID iD for free: Navigate to and click on "Create and Connect an ORCID iD" to register for an iD and connect it to Emory.
  2. Add your scholarly works: Once you’ve created your ORCID iD, you can add works to your record, set up automatic updates, or delegate management of your account to someone else.
  3. Use your ORCID iD: Include your ORCID iD on your webpage, when you submit publications, on grant applications, and in other research workflows to ensure that you get credit for your work.

IMPORTANT! When registering, make sure to click on "EVERYONE" in the "Visibility Settings" portion of the form. Doing so will make your research more visible and discoverable, and you will reap all the benefits of having an ORCID iD. Note: your email address(es) are always kept private. More info here.

ORCID account visibility screenshot

Guide Credit

This guide is based on the ORCID Guide at Washington State University Libraries by Talea Anderson, which carries a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) International 4.0 license

ORCID® is a registered trademark, and the ORCID logo and iD icon are trademarks of ORCID, Inc.

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