are ORCID iDs?
- ORCID iDs are 16 digit unique and persistent identifiers for researchers & scholars.
- They can be used in any institution through out a researcher's career life.
- They are interoperable across systems of publishers, funding organizations and research institutions.
- They are non-proprietary IDs provided to researchers freely by ORCID.
ORCID is an acronym for "Open Researcher and Contributor IDentifier"
ORCID is a research community-driven organization that provides:
- a registry of unique identifiers (ORCID iDs) for researchers & scholars,
- a researcher biography platform for each ORCID iDs.
should I use ORCID iDs?
- to disambiguate yourself from peer researchers with the same or similar names,
- to gather the published variations of an author's names under one ORCID iD,
- to ensure your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you,
- to reliably and easily connect you with your contributions and affiliations,
- to improve recognition and discoverability of you and your research outputs by:
- funding organizations,
- potential collaborators,
- anyone interested in your research activities,
- to simplify application processes whenever needed.
to get full benefit of using ORCID iDs
- Register for an ORCID iD.
- Link it to your institution, in this case University of Cape Town.
- Use your ORCID iD in your:
- institutional profile page,
- research outputs when submitting to publish,
- email signature,
- conference presentation,
- media stories,
- anywhere you have a public profile.