ORCID aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers and an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current researcher ID schemes. These identifiers, and the relationships among them, can be linked to the researcher's output to enhance the scientific discovery process and to improve the efficiency of research funding and collaboration within the research community.

As researchers and scholars, you face the challenge of distinguishing your research activities from those of others with similar names. You need to be able to easily and uniquely attach your identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. As you collaborate across disciplines, institutions and borders, you must interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and output to these identifiers. The platform reaches across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of identifiers in workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.

ORCID provides two core functions:

  1. a registry to obtain a unique identifiers and manage a record of activities,
  2. APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication.
    ORCID makes its code available under an open source license, and will post an annual public data file under a CC0 waiver for free download.

The Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an identifier, manage their record of activities, and search for others in the Registry. Organizations may become members to link their records to the identifiers, to update records, to receive updates and to register their employees and students for identifiers.

Records hold non-sensitive information such as name, email address, organization and research activities. It is possible to control how this data is shared, and tools are provided to manage data privacy.


ORCID auto update : also for datasets

With ORCID’s Auto-Update service, if you include your ORCID iD when you submit a manuscript or dataset, your ORCID record will automatically be updated when the work is published.

Auto-update of your ORCID record only works when you give Crossref or DataCite permission to do that. How do you make Auto-Update happen for datasets?

  1. Include your ORCID iD in the descriptive metadata of your dataset when submitting your dataset to 4TU.ResearchData.
  2. Grant permission to DataCite to add your dataset to your ORCID record
  • Step 1. Go to the DataCite Profiles page
  • Step 2. Click 'Sign in' at the top right corner.
  • Step 3. Sign in with your ORCID account and click ‘Authorize’.

More information You can find more information about ORCID and its Auto-Update service in this news item.

ResearcherID and ORCID link

From your ResearcherID menu you have the option to link your ResearcherID to your ORCID. Extra visibility without double work.

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