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:
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.
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.