For reseachers


Do you want to ensure you get credit for all of your work?

Has your name changed or has your work ever been linked to someone else with the same name? Are you fed up with entering the same information time and again when publishing articles, applying for funding, or transferring between organisations?

The international ORCID identifier (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) will provide you with a permanent and unique digital identifier. It’s a series of numbers that will distinguish you from other researchers. There are currently about 4 million ORCID identifiers in use across the globe.


  • resolves confusion arising from name changes, researchers with the same name, or different ways of writing a person’s name.
  • enables your research outputs to be automatically linked to each other.
  • will, over time, reduce the need to enter the same personal and publication data into many different systems.

The benefits offered by ORCID will increase as its coverage among researchers improves.

Some examples of ORCID use

The author’s ORCID identifier will be automatically transferred into online reference databases when a publisher enters information about a published article. It will then be easy to trace a researcher’s publications and automatically transfer them to other services, such as universities.

A number of publishers already require at least the corresponding authors to have an ORCID iD (see more).

ORCID can also be linked to other types of researcher IDs. When this feature is activated in the ORCID service, information about an author’s publications will be automatically transferred from reference databases (Web of Science, Scopus) to their ORCID profile.

When articles are peer reviewed, publishers can – with the person’s/researcher’s permission – also add peer reviews to a reviewer’s ORCID profile.

ORCID is a signature that can be used on everything from online publications to research data, websites, blogs and social media to CVs and emails.

Funding organizations, such as Vetenskaprådet in Sweden and WellcomeTrust in the UK, also require funding applicants to have ORCID identifiers. Among other things, this facilitates the transfer of CV details to funding applications.

You retain ownership of your information

You retain ownership of any personal information stored in the ORCID system. You can decide which details are made public and what information may only be shared with trusted organisations named by you. A trusted organisation could be, for instance, your current university or a publisher for whom you conduct peer reviews.

Your own university’s guidelines on applying for an ORCID identifier

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