An Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a unique researcher identifier that can be added to your research outputs to ensure your work is easily distinguished from that of other researchers. ORCID is integrated into many systems used by publishers, funders, institutions, and other research related services. It is becoming an international standard with over 2.9 million iDs registered by researchers.
Your ORCID iD:
- Distinguishes you from other researchers and ensures that your grants, publications and other academic achievements are correctly attributed to you
- Ensures that others viewing your research profile such as a potential employer or funding committee will get a comprehensive and accurate profile of all of your academic achievements
- Ensures accurate attribution and allows you to access citation profile and metrics in Web of Science and other databases
- Reduces form-filling (enter data once, re-use it often)
- Improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs
- Is interoperable (works with many institutions, funders, and publishers)
- Is for life: if you change institution your ORCID iD follows you
It is also a requirement of many journal manuscript submission systems and grant application forms. You will need ORCID to complete a Research Data Management Plan using national tools such as the DMP Builder. ORCID can automate the movement of research information between systems, reducing manual data entry when integrated into existing internal and external research management systems such as the Canadian Common CV (CCV) used by the Tri-Agencies.