An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor iD) is a unique, persistent identifier for researchers that helps distinguish your research activities and outputs from those of other researchers with similar names to ensure you get credit for your work. It aims to connect researchers with all their research outputs, including publications, grants and datasets.

ORCID is a non-profit organisation supported by a global community of organisations including universities, publishers, funders, professional associations, and other stakeholders in the research ecosystem. Together, this global community has turned ORCID into a tool that links the many available author ID numbers under a single identifier and allows researcher data to be shared between systems. This persistent digital identifier acts like a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for researchers that can be used to link all of an individual's research outputs and feed them to other research systems.

What are the benefits of having an ORCID iD?

It makes your research profile unique.

  • Connects you with all of your research activities and outputs
  • Eliminates confusion over researchers with similar names
  • Ensures your profile is continuous, even if you change institutions

It can save you time managing information about your publications and grants.

  • Saves time by reducing repetitive data entry into research systems
  • May allow you to automate adding your publications to systems like ROS
  • Gives you complete control over which systems can access your information

Orcid graph - iD in centre of circle surrounded by linked ROS - Publishers - Manuscript submission systems - Scopus and Web of Science Impact data - Open Access repositories - Funding bodies

Which organisations use ORCID?

  • UNSW collects ORCID iDs via the research outputs system ROS and is part of the Australian ORCID Consortium
  • The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) encourage all researchers applying for funding to have an ORCID iD
  • Many publishers are now requiring ORCID iDs during publication submission
  • Many of the large indexing databases including Scopus, Web of Science and Crossref support ORCID

How do I get an ORCID iD?

Log in to ROS and follow the instructions in the ROS Help Guide on how to register. It is quick and easy to register and connect your research to your new ORCID iD. By registering via ROS you will also link the ORCID iD to your ROS profile. Once set up as a trusted source, ROS can claim publications from your ORCID profile automatically for you. Don't forget to use your ORCID iD on every research activity or output to ensure your ORCID iD connects all of your research.

Already have an ORCID iD?

Add it to your ROS profile to improve the accuracy of your search settings.

Need help?

Contact your Outreach Librarian for assistance.

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