ORCID stands for "Open Researcher & Contributor ID".
ORCID is an open, non-profit group organization that aims to minimize the problem of name ambiguity in scientific communication and to ensure that people get proper credit for all of their research. ORCID assigns a unique identifier to an individual, registers that identifier, and integrates with key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supporting the linkages between individuals and their professional activities. Registering for an ORCID identifier helps to promote discoverability and to establish a unique presence for researchers and scholars, regardless of name variants or affiliation history.
NIH, CDC, and AHRQ released Notice Number NOT-OD-19-109 on July 10, 2019, regarding the mandatory use of ORCID identifiers for individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards. Individuals will be required to not only have an ORCID iD, but also to link the ORCID iD to their eRA Commons Personal Profile.
As of October 1, 2019, ORCID identifiers will be required for all new appointees on the following awards:
T03, T15, T32, T34, T35, T37, T42, T90/R90, TL1, TL4, TU2, K12/KL2, R25, R38, RL5, RL9
Beginning with receipt dates on or after January 25, 2020, the requirement for ORCID identifiers will be enforced at the time of application for individual fellowship and career development awards, including the following:
F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F37, F38, F99/K00, FI2, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K38, K43, K76, K99/R00
NIH has provided instructions on how to create or connect your ORCID iD from the eRA Commons Personal Profile. For more information about how ORCID benefits NIH researchers, see the blog post from the NIH extramural research program.
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The ORCID Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier, manage their record of publications, and search for others in the ORCID Registry.
To register for an ORCID, please visit the ORCID website.
All you have to do is:
The "Add Works" menu in gives various options for adding publications to your ORCID profile, including: adding publications manually; adding publications by using a DOI, PMID or other identifier; and by importing publications from other systems. We recommend as a first step to use the Scopus wizard to import your publications. Scopus is the largest indexing and abstracting database of peer-reviewed scientific literature and will more than likely have indexed publications that belong to you.
Scopus to ORCID step-by-step
There are many circumstances which make linking researchers with their research by name a challenge:
Unique author identifiers are the solution:
See this article from Nature: Research Profiles: A Tag of One's Own. "Digital identifiers can sort out different scientists with the same names, and create a lifelong record of their work."
Of the many profile options available, these are the four we recommend:
Other media platforms for increasing the presence of your research: