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While some scholars are eager to present and promote their work via their ORCID profile, others would prefer not to have their research made public. A core ORCID principle is that you control the settings for visibility & sharing of your own ORCID Record data. To that end, ORCID allows you the right to control how your information is published on and shared via the ORCID Registry through various opt-in features.

Privacy – Settings for Visibility & Sharing

As a Record Holder, you can choose the visibility for each data item in your ORCID Record other than the ORCID iD (the actual unique ID you are assigned), which is always visible by everyone. You may choose between 3 visibility options: visible to everyone, visible to those you trust, or visible only to you. You will choose the default visibility level, which applies to any data items you add to your Record, when you register, and can change this default and item-level visibility settings at any time.

The Three Visibility Settings

Setting Accessible by Details


Data items which you have set with the visibility of Everyone (Everyone Data) will be available to the public for viewing and use through the Registry, the ORCID API and via the ORCID public data file. Everyone Data is released under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. This designation is a dedication to the public domain that allows anyone to copy, modify, distribute, store, or otherwise use Everyone Data for any purpose without asking for further permission. 

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Trusted Individuals and Trusted Organizations

Data items which you have set with the visibility of Trusted (Trusted Data) may be viewed through the Registry by you and your designated Trusted Individual(s) (if any) and Trusted Organizations (if any). It may also be used via the ORCID API by Trusted Organizations. You can elect to share specific data items with Trusted Organizations. Trusted Organizations will have these permissions for the time period indicated on the ORCID authorization page or, if no time period is specified,until you revoke these permissions. At any time, you can elect to revoke permissions for any Trusted Organization on the Account Settings page of your Record. Under ORCID’s Membership Agreement, Trusted Organizations agree not to disclose to any other person or entity Trusted Data unless (i) the data is publicly available from another source, or (ii) the organization provides notice to you about how and to whom such data will be disclosed. However, ORCID has no control over how the organization uses the Trusted Data, including sharing it with others. Therefore, you should only grant Trusted Organization status to those that you trust. 

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Trusted Individuals

Data items which you have set with the visibility of Only Me (Only Me Data) may be viewed through the Registry only by you, any Trusted Individual(s) you designate, and any Trusted Organization that deposited the data (if you gave it permission to do so in the past). 


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