ORCID, which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a free, unique, persistent identifier (PID) for individuals to use as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities.
People use “ORCID” or “ORCID ID” interchangeably, but what they’re talking about is a 16-digit number and the associated record (sometimes called a profile) that stores automatic links to all your research, and links all your research to you. By allowing trusted organizations to add your research information to your ORCID record, you can spend more time conducting your research and less time managing it.
ORCID integrates with a variety of systems including publisher, repository (figshare), and funder (SciENcv). By creating an ORCID and maintaining your record, you can save the time and energy of entering your publication and award history into each system and instead use your ORCID to populate this information on your behalf.
There are many benefits to creating an ORCID and managing your profile, including: