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Describes ORCID iDs and the importance of establishing an ORCID iD for researchers, authors, scholars.

Why ORCID iDs?


  • Resolve issues of name disambiguation.
  • Ensure that a researcher's scholarship is correctly attributed.
  • Are now required by some publishers and funding organizations
  • Can seamlessly add any citation with a DOI to the ORCID profile via a CrossRef and DataCite integration
  • Seamlessly (in many instances) captures/maintains research from past, current, and future places of employment.
  • Can be linked to unique IDs in other systems (Author ID in Scopus) and ResearcherID in Web of Science, to add new citations to the ORCID account automatically.
  • Will increase their integration with publisher and funding agency submission systems, which means that once the item is published or the grant awarded, that information is updated in the appropriate ORCID account(s).

What ORCID Is Not

  • A social or professional networking site (like ResearchGate,, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
  • Invasive -- no constant influx of communication from ORCID

For additional information, look at, "Ten Things You Need to Know".

Sample Use Cases for ORCID iDs


  • I need a list of my publications (and other scholarly output) for a position or grant application.
  • What other papers were published by the authors of this interesting paper?


  • What was the research output of our institution (departments, individual researchers) last year?
  • What open access papers did we publish?

Scholarly Society

  • We want to offer better user profiles in our membership database.
  • What was the research output of our members last year?

Funding Agency

  • What papers were written by this grant applicant?
  • What papers were published as a result of our funding?
  • What datasets were made available by this research project?


  • We want to better track authors and reviewers in our journal submission system.
  • Tell us more about this author, including other papers that he published.
  • What potential reviewers have collaborated with this author?

Use cases adapted from Gudmundur A. Thorrison's presentation, "The VIVO Platform and ORCID in the Scholarly Identity System

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