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ORCiD for Scientists
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)
The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a unique identifier for researchers. It makes it possible to link a person with his or her publications, research data, and other products of the research process. It has become a de-facto international standard. The University Library recommends that all researchers register with ORCID and use their personal ORCID IDs in publications and applications for third-party funding
How ORCID Works
- Register for an ORCID in 30 seconds.
- Complete an ORCID Profile, link it with other IDs (such as your Scopus Author ID or Researcher ID), and select your desired privacy settings.
- Create a publications list by importing (from Google Scholar, Web or Science, CrossRef or other sources) or by manual entry.
- Use your registered ORCID on your personal website, when applying for third-party funding and submitting manuscripts, and on your business card.
Advantages of ORCID
- Uniquely identifies a person (regardless of identical names, name changes, or multiple spellings)
- Directly connects career path with personal research achievements (e.g. publications, research data, software)
- Enables automatically updating publication lists
- Protects privacy and personal data
- Simplifies communication with sponsors, specialist associations, publishers, and repositories (e.g. when applying for third-party funding, submitting manuscripts, or registering for conferences)
- Makes it easy to document entire research output of a university, faculty, institute, or research group
Privacy and Data Protection
Privacy and data protection are fundamental principles of ORCID. After you register, you retain full control over which profile details and publications lists are visible to which people and groups. Only your name and your ORCID ID are always public. You control the visibility of all other information under your personal privacy settings.
ORCID as the De-Facto International Standard
ORCID is internationally established in the academic world. This independent, nonprofit initiative is used by research institutions such as CERN and ETH Zurich; research funding institutions such as the UK’s Wellcome Trust; publishers such as Springer Science + Business Media, Elsevier, and Wiley; research societies and organizations such as ACM, IEEE, and the Royal Society of Chemistry; databases such as Web of Science; and countless journals. With more than 3 million registered authors as of February 2017, ORCID is the de-facto standard for identifying individuals, comparable to ISBN for books and DOI for online publications. To promote ORCID in Germany and its lasting implementation at degree-granting institution and extramural research institutions, the German Research Foundation (DFG) funds the ORCID DE project since early 2016.