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What is ORCID?

ORCID, which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a free, unique, persistent identifier (an ORCID iD) that researchers can use to distinguish themselves, and their research. ORCID also provides a research profile that links a researcher's research outputs and activities to their ORCID iD.


ORCID is integrated into many systems used by publishers, funders, institutions, and other research-related services.


Why should you register?

Your ORCID iD:

  • distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you
  • reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations
  • reduces form-filling (enter data once, re-use it often)
  • improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs
  • is interoperable (works with many institutions, funders, and publishers)
  • is persistent (enduring)

It is also a requirement of many online submission systems for journal manuscripts and grant applications.

Learn more about ORCID

Have you forgotten your ORCID iD password?

ORCID support can walk you through resetting your password.


Similarly, if you created your ORCID iD at a previous institution, find the steps for regaining access to your ORCID record.

What is ORCID?

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Names are not enough to ensure credit for your work and are inadequate for reliably connecting researchers with their research outputs. Learn how the ORCID identifier can ensure that your publications, datasets, and other research outputs are connected with your name every time. Register for your unique and free ORCID iD.

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