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ORCiD: Introduction

This guide is to educate readers on what an ORCiD is, and how an ORCiD can be leveraged to raise your scholarly profile.

What is ORCiD?

ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher.

An ORCiD can be particularly useful if you have a common name, changed your name, or do not consistent use the same name format when publishing.

Why use ORCiD?

Do you have a common name? Have published some articles with your middle initiation, some with your first initial, and others with your fill name? Have you changed your name during your research career? 

ORCiD solves this problem!

Distinguish Yourself in 3 Steps


Register for your ORCiD at orcid.org/register.
Registration takes 30 seconds.


Complete your ORCiD record with your professional information, link to your other identifiers, and fill in your scholarly record.


Include your ORCiD on your website, when you submit publications, and apply for grants.

Video: What is ORCiD?

Names are not enough to ensure credit for your work and are indaeuqate for reliably connecting researchers with their research outputs. Learn how ORCiD can ensure that your publications, datasets, and other research outputs are connected with you every time.

Who uses ORCiD?


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Your Researcher Fingerprint

ORCiD works like your researcher fingerprint, driver's license number, or your TWU ID -- providing a number that is uniquely you.

ORCiDs Are

ORCiDs are:

  • Cross disciplinary
  • Used worldwide
  • Used by some publishers, universities, and repositories
  • Used by some funders

ORCiD goes with you

Your ORCiD goes with you wherever you go. If you change positions, titles, departments, or universities, your ORCiD stays the same.