ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a nonproprietary
alphanumeric code to uniquely identify scientific and other academic
authors and contributors. This addresses the problem
that a particular author's contributions to the scientific literature
or publications in the humanities can be hard to recognize as most
personal names are not unique, they can change (such as with
marriage), have cultural differences in name order, contain
inconsistent use of first-name abbreviations and employ different
writing systems. It provides a persistent identity for humans, similar
to that created for content-related entities on digital networks by
digital object identifiers (DOIs).
ORCID organization offers an open and independent registry
intended to be the de facto standard for contributor identification in
research and academic publishing. On 16 October 2012,
its registry services and started issuing user identifiers.
1 Development and launch
3 Members, sponsors and registrants
3.1 National implementations
5 See also
7 External links
Development and launch
ORCID was first organized as the "Open Researcher Contributor
Identification Initiative". A prototype was developed on software
adapted from that used by
Thomson Reuters for its ResearcherID
system. The registry is now an independent nonprofit organization,
ORCID, Inc., incorporated in August 2010 in Delaware, United
States of America, with an international board of directors. Its
executive Director, Laure Haak, was appointed in April 2012. From
2016, the board is chaired by Veronique Kiermer of PLOS (the
former chair was Ed Pentz of Crossref).
ORCID is freely usable and
interoperable with other ID systems.
ORCID launched its registry
services and started issuing user identifiers on 16 October 2012.
ORCID IDs are specified as URIs, for example, the ORCID
John Wilbanks is https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4510-0385 (both
https:// and http:// forms are supported; the former became canonical
in November 2017). However, some publishers use the short form,
e.g. "ORCID: 0000-0002-4510-0385" (as a URN).
ORCID is a subset of the International Standard Name Identifier
(ISNI), under the auspices of the International Organization for
Standardization (as ISO 27729), and the two organizations are
cooperating. ISNI will uniquely identify contributors to books,
television programmes, and newspapers, and has reserved a block of
identifiers for use by ORCID, in the range 0000-0001-5000-0007
to 0000-0003-5000-0001. It is therefore possible for a person to
legitimately have both an ISNI and an ORCID – effectively,
ORCID and ISNI use 16-character identifiers, using the digits
0–9, and separated into groups of four by hyphens. The final
character, which may also be a letter "X" representing the value "10"
(for example, Nick Jennings'
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0166-248X, Stephen Hawking's is
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9079-593X) is a MOD 11-2 check digit
conforming to the ISO/IEC 7064:2003 standard.
ORCID account for a fictitious person, Josiah Carberry, exists as
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097, for use in testing and as an
example in documentation and training material.
The aim of
ORCID is to aid "the transition from science to e-Science,
wherein scholarly publications can be mined to spot links and ideas
hidden in the ever-growing volume of scholarly literature".
Another suggested use is to provide each researcher with "a constantly
updated ‘digital curriculum vitae’ providing a picture of his or
her contributions to science going far beyond the simple publication
list". The idea is that other organizations will use the
ORCID database to build their own services.
It has been noted in an editorial in Nature that ORCID, in addition to
tagging the contributions that scientists make to papers, "could also
be assigned to data sets they helped to generate, comments on their
colleagues’ blog posts or unpublished draft papers, edits of
entries and much else besides".
In April 2014,
ORCID announced plans to work with the Consortia
Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information to record
and acknowledge contributions to peer review.
In an open letter dated 1 January 2016 eight publishers, including the
Royal Society, the American Geophysical Union, Hindawi, the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, PLOS, and Science, committed
to requiring all authors in their journals to have an ORCID
Members, sponsors and registrants
By the end of 2013
ORCID had 111 member organizations and over 460,000
registrants. On 15 November 2014,
ORCID announced the
one-millionth registration. As of 5 March 2018, the number of
registered accounts reported by
ORCID was 4,506,903. The
organizational members include many research institutions such as
Caltech and Cornell University, and publishers such as Elsevier,
Springer, Wiley and Nature Publishing Group. There are also commercial
companies including Thomson Reuters, academic societies and funding
Grant-making bodies such as the Wellcome Trust (a charitable
foundation) have also begun to mandate that applicants for funding
In several countries, consortia, including government bodies as
partners, are operating at a national level to implement ORCID. For
example, in Italy, seventy universities and four research centres are
collaborating under the auspices of the Conference of Italian
University Rectors (it) (CRUI) and the National Agency for the
Evaluation of the University and Research Institutes (ANVUR), in a
project implemented by Cineca, a not-for-profit consortium
representing the universities, research institutions, and the Ministry
of Education. In Australia, the government's National Health and
Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and
Australian Research Council (ARC)
"encourage all researchers applying for funding to have an ORCID
ORCID in his
In addition to members and sponsors, journals, publishers, and other
services have included
ORCID in their workflows or databases. For
example, the Journal of Neuroscience, Springer Publishing,
the Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Europe PMC, the Japanese
National Institute of Informatics's Researcher Name Resolver,
Wikipedia, and Wikidata.
Some online services have created tools for exporting data to, or
importing data from, ORCID. These include Scopus, Figshare,
ResearcherID system, Researchfish, the
British Library (for their
EThOS thesis catalogue),
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses service), and Frontiers
In October 2015, DataCite,
ORCID announced that the
former organisations would update
ORCID records, "when an ORCID
identifier is found in newly registered DOI names".
Third-party tools allow the migration of content from other services
into ORCID, for example Mendeley2ORCID, for Mendeley.
ORCID data may also be retrieved as RDF/XML, RDF Turtle,
GitHub as its code repository.
Digital Author Identifier (DAI)
Ringgold identifier (RIN)
Virtual International Authority
^ a b c d
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^ News (30 May 2012) "Scientists: your number is up:
ORCID scheme will
give researchers unique identifiers to improve tracking of
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^ "Ten things you need to know about
ORCID right now". ImpactStory. 10
April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
^ Interview with Alice Meadows, Director of Communications for ORCID
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ORCID with a perpetual license and royalty free use of
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^ ORCID. "
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ORCID iD (P496) (see talk; uses)
2010 paper discussing structure of
ORCID identifiers (updated 2012)
ORCID Executive Director, Laurel Haak, on Editage
Insights: A vision to transform the