ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars. It distinguish a specific researcher from other researchers and is integrated into key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submissions. In addition, it also supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities to ensure accurate attribution of work to their authors, and thus enhances the discoverability of research. ORCID is free, flexible and easy-to-use and reaches across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries to help reduce reporting workload, improve attribution, and streamline research, collaboration, and evaluation workflows.
ORCID provides two core functions:
The ORCID web site maintains a list of institutions and organizations with established ORCID programs in place or in progress such as:
REGISTER: Get your unique ORCID identifier
ADD YOUR INFO: Enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID)
USE YOUR ORCID ID: Include your ORCID identifier on your webpage or email signature, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.
Researcher privacy is a fundamental principle for ORCID. Three settings (Public, Limited or Private) are provided to researchers
Information marked as "Public" can be viewed by anyone who comes to the ORCID.org website or consumed by anyone using the ORCID public API.
Information marked as "Limited" can be seen by any Trusted Parties that a researcher has authorized to connect to his/her ORCID Record. The resesarcher will be asked if he/she would like to make a specific connection, and once the permission is confirmed, the Trusted Party will be able to see information that he/she has marked as limited-access.
Information marked as "Private" can only be seen by the researcher. It is also used by ORCID algorithms to help distinguish identity from another person who may have a similar name, be in a similar field, or may be confused with him/her for other reasons. This information is not shared with others.