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ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an organization that assigns permanent numerical identifiers to uniquely identify individual researchers and their work. ORCID reaches across all disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries. ORCID iDs are also used to create and maintain research profiles, as well as in manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.

Over 3,000,000 researchers worldwide have registered with ORCID as of April 2017.

ORCID is funded by institutional members, including the Georgetown University Library.

What is an ORCID iD?

An ORCID iD is a 16-digit numbers assigned by the ORCID Registry free of charge to individual researchers. Your ORCID iD is a unique identifier that is attached to your research so that all of your work is connected to you, regardless of how your name appears and whether other researchers have the same or similar names.

Why should I have an ORCID iD?

With an ORCID iD, there will be no ambiguity in what works are yours. You will use the same ORCID iD throughout your career regardless of any change in your name, institution, country, field of study, etc. Your ORCID iD is associated with your ORCID record which includes information about your professional work.

In addition to resolving any issues with name ambiguity in your research and writing, your ORCID iD may be recommended or required for manuscript submissions and grant applications. ORCID iDs also integrate into other research systems, products, and tools.

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