See the ORCID Knowledge Base for more answers.

Technical Integration 

What type of technical expertise and resources are needed for an institution to integrate systems with ORCID? 

  • The answer to this question depends on your integration plans and what systems you are using. You can get an idea of what is required for different systems by checking the ORCID workflows.  
  • If you are using a third-party system, it may already support ORCID, in which case you will need only ask the vendor to enable ORCID functionality and provide your ORCID member API production credential. To register for production credentials for a third party system, complete this form. If you are using a vendor product that does not support ORCID, call your product representative and ask them about their plans for ORCID integration.
  • If you are using homegrown systems, you will need staff who understand APIs, XML, and OAuth, and can read technical documentation. You will also need a detailed workflow plan for where to add ORCID fields, where you will be collecting ORCIDs from your researchers, and a means to securely store access tokens collected during the OAuth process.
  • The ORCID US Community provides tier 1 technical support, and ORCID has a support desk as well as technical documentation online, an API users listserv, and other training opportunities such as webinars. 

What are the system requirements for ORCID API integration?

  • System requirements vary depending on what type of system you want to integrate with ORCID. See ORCID integration workflows for system setup information.

How do I get started with my integration?

What is an API and what does the ORCID API do? 

  • The ORCID API (application programming interface) provides the mechanism by which ORCID iD record data (name, email, education, employment, funding, works) is read, written, updated, and shared between systems. Learn more about the ORCID API.

Do researchers need an ORCID iD before integration? 

  • Not necessarily, but in order for your integration to reap the benefits of ORCID, individuals will need to create and use their ORCID iD. Outreach to individual researchers can take place before, during, and after the technical integration process.

How do I customize the OAuth sign-in screen?

  • It is possible to customize the interface that individuals will see when they are asked to grant permission for an institution to connect with their ORCID iD record. Learn how.

How do I search the ORCID registry?

What kind of reporting can be done with the ORCID API?

  • Once a system is configured to communicate with the ORCID registry via the ORCID API, queries can be run on any of the data contained within affiliated ORCID records, depending on what data you're hoping to collect. Note that institutions must ask individuals to connect with their ORCID iD records, and individuals must set their ORCID record permissions to "public" or "trusted party" for data to be collected. ORCID also provides a monthly report to premium members.

How do I register webhooks?

  • Webhooks are used to allow for synchronization, or automatic updates, between ORCID iD records and an integrated system. Learn how to register webhooks.

Where can I find some code examples?

  • Code examples in various languages are available on the ORCID website.

Using ORCID

Can I create ORCID iDs for individuals at my institution?

  • No. Individuals must register for their own ORCID iD and opt-in to sharing their ORCID iD record data. Institutions no longer have the ability to batch-create iDs for individuals. It is strongly recommended to not create or submit ORCID iD data on behalf of another person. Learn more.

What are the privacy implications of using ORCID?

  • The individual researcher has full control over the privacy of their ORCID iD record. Learn more

Can researchers sign in to their ORCID iD record using their institutional login credentials?

  • Many research institutions in the US are already part of the ORCID Institutional account login option, thanks to eduGAIN. When signing in to an ORCID record, users can select "Institutional account," type in the name of their institution, and login using their institutional credentials. Learn more about Single Sign-on.

How many people on my campus already have an ORCID iD?

Can an individual create more than one ORCID iD record if they want to have a separate record for different names they have used or go by, such as a stage name or pseudonym?

  • Yes, individuals may create more than one ORCID iD record if they wish to use different names for different works, such as a pseudonym or stage name. ORCID also has a straightforward way to manage duplicate iDs and merge more than one record together. 

How does ORCID handle duplicate data entries within an ORCID iD record?

  • Duplicate data entries are managed based on the presence of an identifier, such as Ringgold ID for education or employment information, or a DOI for publication data. Entries containing the same identifier are automatically grouped together, and the individual may select which entry is the "preferred source." If a duplicate entry does not contain an identifier, both entries will appear as duplicates.

Can I just copy/paste or manually type an ORCID iD into a submission system?

  • No. Manual or copy/paste entry leaves room for error and does not provide trustworthy data. ORCID strongly recommends gathering authenticated ORCID iDs by requiring an individual to sign in to their ORCID iD record. Learn more

Membership

What are the benefits of becoming an ORCID member?

Who can join the ORCID US Community at the consortial rate of $4300/year?

  • Any non-profit research institution in the United States may join. See the ORCID US Membership page for details.

How can my institution use ORCID if we have constrained resources or are otherwise not ready to become a member?

If your institution is not yet ready to become an ORCID member, it is never too early to promote awareness of the benefits of ORCID iDs for individuals:

  • Teach researchers how to link their ORCID iDs with existing integrations like CrossRef and DataCite

Community & Outreach

What are the best practices for supporting researchers and encouraging faculty and students to use ORCID?

Where can I find ORCID resources in languages other than English?

  • ORCID has an ongoing initiative to translate materials and resources into multiple languages. Learn more.

Are publishers involved in the ORCID community?

Are funders involved in the ORCID community?

Can arts and humanities scholars benefit from ORCID?

  • Yes! ORCID is useful for tracking all manner of research and scholarly contributions. When adding a work to an ORCID record, there is an option explicitly for "Artistic/Performance." ORCID is working on expanding the community to include an even more diverse representation of output.

What are ORCID's mission and values?

What is ORCID working on now?

What is the future of ORCID?