Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is both a standard and a service to help researchers establish and maintain their scholarly identity. ORCID helps distinguish researchers with similar or identical names, differences in spellings or translations of names across languages, and changes in their name or affiliations over their career. ORCID aims to prevent name confusion in digital collections of publications or databases. ORCIDs assign unique and persistent identifiers and manages records of researchers and their research activities including scholarly works, affiliations, and funding.
ORCID iDs are available to any scholar who is interested. The iD is a randomly-assigned, sixteen-digit number that uniquely distinguishes a researcher from all others in the world.
Why ORCID iDs are the Most Effective Scholar Identifiers
- ORCID iD’s are global (they work around the world)
- ORCID iD’s are persistent (they identify you over your career regardless of your affiliation or employment status)
- ORCID respects privacy (iD holders are free to set their profile information to be as public or as private as desired)
- ORCID iD’s are portable (they go with you when or if you leave UF)
- ORCID iD’s are anonymous and secure (the 16-digit numeric identifier is randomly generated—no connection to age, nationality, place of origin, gender, or any other personal attribute)
- ORCID iD’s are interoperable (they work both in open information systems across the Internet and in private systems used by a particular university, publisher, agency, etc.)
- ORCID iD’s are not-for-profit (they are an international standard that representatives from both commercial and not-for-profit sectors have agreed to use, so their systems can work together for the greater good)
- ORCID iD’s are platform-agnostic, discipline-neutral, and publisher-independent (they work for everyone, regardless of field, publishing preferences, or preferred computing operating system)
- ORCIDs are free to acquire or maintain. ORCID is a not-for-profit organization.
Follow these steps:
- Claim your free ORCID iD
- Enter your research outputs and biographical information manually or using ORCID’s automated import tool.
- Use your ORCID when you apply for grants, submit publications, or share your CV.
- Include your iD in your UF Directory Profile. UF faculty, researchers, and students can add their ORCID to their myUFL profile. An ORCID will help to improve faculty annual reporting and contribute to a more efficient and streamlined reporting of research outputs for tenure and promotion packets. For details on how to add an ORCID to your myUFL profile, visit the HR website. For help registering for an ORCID, connecting it to your UF Directory profile, or learning more about ORCID, please contact Scholarly Communications Librarian Perry Collins.