What is ORCID?
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit, community-driven initiative to create a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time. ORCID provides a framework for trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and their affiliations across the scholarly communication ecosystem by providing three interrelated services:
- The ORCID iD: a unique, digital persistent identifier free of charge to researchers
- An ORCID record connected to the ORCID iD, and
- A set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), as well as the services and support of communities of practice that enable interoperability between an ORCID record and member organizations so researchers can choose to allow connection of their iD with their affiliations and contributions
ORCID member organizations can use the ORCID member API to connect with their affiliated researchers’ ORCID iDs and ORCID records, enabling interoperability and transfer of data between individuals’ ORCID records and local institutional systems. Members of the ORCID US Community benefit from a significantly reduced membership fee, access to 5 premium ORCID member API keys, dedicated support, and participation in a growing community of practice around ORCID in the US. Learn more about ORCID US Community membership. For more detailed information about ORCID or to register for an ORCID iD, go to the ORCID website.