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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 consistently use the same name format when publishing.

Why use ORCiD?

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

ORCiD solves this problem!

Distinguish Yourself in 3 Steps

Register for your ORCiD at
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?

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.

Your Researcher Fingerprint


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