The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a persistent, unique and internationally recognized identifier for scientific authors. ORCID allows researchers to be identified and their research results to be uniquely assigned.
As a scientist and researcher, you have an interest in the fact that your publications can be found and clearly assigned to you – despite name variations, name changes and internationally varying spellings. You also want to avoid having to enter your data repeatedly in multiple systems.
The international ORCID Consortium is supported by universities, academies, funding institutions, scientific publishers and libraries worldwide.
More than 4.9 million publishers worldwide already have a unique ID with their articles and research data. Large publication reference systems such as Web of Science, CrossRef or Scopus already work with the ORCID ID. Some publishers and funding organizations already require unique identification via ORCID ID.
In order to promote ORCID in Germany, the project "ORCID DE – Promotion of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID in Germany" was initiated, which has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since the beginning of 2016. The aim is to support the implementation of ORCID at universities and non-university research institutions in a sustainable way by means of a comprehensive approach.
ORCID in practice
Once you apply for the ORCID ID and your profile stored there, you can use it throughout your life, regardless of your employer or field of research.
Submission of publications
Many publishers and funding agencies allow you to indicate your ORCID ID when submitting publications or applications. This is to ensure that you are clearly identified as an author and that all your publications can be assigned to you.
With ORCID you have the possibility to present your scientific profile on an independent page, to enter name variants and to point to further author profiles such as the ResearcherID from the Web of Science. A privacy setting allows you to adjust the visibility of each entry.
ORCID in literature and citation databases
If you specify an ORCID ID in your publications and it is transferred to the bibliographic data of literature databases, a literature search will find all publications published by you and actually attribute them to you. Furthermore, you ensure that all publications included in the database are taken into account when calculating bibliometric indicators such as citation numbers or h-index.