ORCiD is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID spans disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries connecting researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.
ORCiD provides two core functions:
(1) a registry to obtain a unique persistent digital identifier and manage a record of activities
(2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication.
The ORCiD Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier, manage their record of activities, and search for others in the Registry
Have you ever Googled your own name? Isn't it surprising how many people there are with the same name? As research has gone global, name ambiguity has become an increasing problem:
By registering and using an ORCID ID you can easily distinguish yourself and be reassured that your work is attributed only to yourself
You need to be able to easily and uniquely attach your identity to your research outputs
By using ORCID you can ensure that all your research activities and outputs are easily discoverable in databases such as Scopus and Web of Science which are just two of many databases and publishers who have adopted ORCID.
An ORCID ID can reduce repetitive data entry in
Acknowledgement: examples taken from UCD's LibGuide on ORCID by Michael Ladisch