ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor iD. It is a persistent digital identifier to distinguish researchers. In short, ORCID is a personal ID for researchers like ISBN is for books, ISSN for journals and DOI for articles and data.
Register in 3 steps on the ORCID website, add your information and you will be ready to use your ORCID iD.
"ORCID is an excellent scientific identity card. There is a lot to be found in it, e.g. grants, publications, peer reviews. You immediately know who you are dealing with if someone wants to work with you or apply to you. It is also helpful in my role as an associate editor for a major scientific journal of the American Society of Plant Biologists, where it is important to know who you are dealing with when someone submits an article. Think of Li from China, Lee from Korea, or Smid from the Netherlands. Researchers can use it as ID and CV. With one click you know someone's research field and status."
"ORCID provides an automatically updating but also curation friendly list of research outputs and contributions. It provides a single sign on mechanism for many systems (journal submission systems, open peer review, research data management) and it goes with you wherever you go."
"In the past, my last name has appeared in literature in various ways, such as “de Roos”, “DeRoos”, “Deroos”, “Roos, de”, and so on. As a result, it is sometimes difficult for others to get an overview of the articles I have published. ORCID helps, it provides me as a scientist with a unique identifier."
ORCID provides a unique and persistent identifier for researchers and scholars. It connects researchers with their research activities throughout their career.
ORCID distinguishes researchers with a common name or have publications under multiple aliases (e.g. Dutch prefixes, married/maiden name). Therefore, it provides the means to reliably identify researchers, regardless of the name similarity, name and discipline changes. An ORCID profile can list the institutions that researchers have worked at, the funding they received, the publications they have authored and the details of any peer reviews they have provided.
More and more publishers and funding organizations are requesting ORCID iDs during manuscript and grant submission. Moreover, ORCID is supported by thousands of institutions, publishers and other organizations involved in the research world. It has become an important part of the global research infrastructure.
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