Get an ORCiD
Information on how to get an ORCiD as a unique author identifier.
An Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) is a unique identifier that allows you to tie all your research together in one place ensuring consistent, reliable attribution of your work.
Why you need an ORCiD
Author disambiguation: ORCiD is unique and allows you to associate variants of your name to the same ORCiD. This allows you to correctly attribute all your research outputs and get the credit for them.
Publishing research: ORCiD is supported by many professional organisations and across a large range of publishers, for example, Elsevier, IOP, NPG, and many others. Some publishers are now requiring authors to use an ORCiD during the publication process, for example IEEE.
Mandatory requirements: ORCiD is currently mandated by Wellcome Trust and NIHR for their grant applications. RCUK is a member of the Jisc UK ORCiD consortium and their grants system captures ORCiD identifiers.
Permanent identifier: ORCiD is a unique lifetime identifier for each individual. Changing institutions or names does not affect your ORCiD.
International standard: ORCiD is an international standard transcending discipline, geographic, national and international boundaries.
How ORCiD works with other unique identifiers
Many publishers are working with ORCiD to synchronise different identifier systems, for example, Researcher ID and Scopus ID.
In Scopus you can:
- search by ORCiD in the Authors search field
- include your ORCiD in your author information
- associate your ORCiD with your Scopus ID using the "Add to ORCiD" feature in your author profile on Scopus. There is a tutorial to guide you through this process.
Securing your information on ORCiD
You can control the privacy settings of your own ORCiD Record data through various opt-in and opt-out features, so you can control how your information is published on and shared via the ORCiD Registry.