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ORCID: Introduction to ORCID


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars. It helps to promote the discoverability of publications across multiple platforms and establishes a unique presence for researchers regardless of name variants or affiliation history.

An ORCID iD is a 16-digit unique number that connects you and your research activities throughout your career.

Below is an example:

Watch a video on ORCID

What is ORCID?

Watch this video (4:16) to learn more on ORCID

Quick Guide to Populate your ORCID profile

Benefits of ORCID

  • A unique and persistent 16-digit number to eliminate name ambiguity
Name Ambiguity: name in different formatsName ambiguity: same name
  • It records your works, employment details, awards, research grants, etc. throughout your entire career
  • It can be linked up to and used by publishers, databases, organizations,etc., so it minimizes the time you spend filling out forms when submitting research or applying for grants
  • It helps people discover you and your works and in turn raises research visibility