What is ORCID? How can I get an ORCID ID?


ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID.  An ORCID ID is a persistent digital identifier (not unlike a social security number) that is associated with a specific researcher involved in scholarly communication. These unique identifiers are meant to solve the issue of author ambiguity due to similar names, spelling variations, and individual database indexing. You can register for an ORCID ID at https://orcid.org/

Example - A database search for author Smith, R. can retrieve a list of names including:


Smith, R.

Smith, R. H.

Smith, R. W.

Smith, Rebecca 

Smith, Robert

Smyth, Robert W. 

Smythe, R. 


  • Last Updated Jun 20, 2019
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  • Answered By Susan Alden

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