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ORCiD, ResearcherID and Scopus Author ID

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD)

The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) is an open, non-profit, community-driven initiative providing you, as a researcher, a unique persistent identifier. This aims to:

  • identify and connect you with your research publications and other outputs
  • distinguish you from other researchers, globally, who may share the same or similar name
  • reduce repetitive data entry through linkages with publisher, funder and university systems

View the video below for more information, or follow the links on the right of the screen to register for an ORCiD.

In November 2017, HEFCE published its REF 2021: Decisions on staff and outputs, which gave notice to UK HEIs that HEFCE "expect to require ORCID as a staff identifier in future [Research Excellence Framework] exercises and the funding bodies strongly encourage an ORCID to be provided for all ‘Category A submitted’ staff in REF 2021." Durham therefore strongly encourages all Durham staff and doctoral students to register for an ORCiD.

ORCiD is now mandated by several funding bodies when applying for funding (the Wellcome Trust and NIHR) with other funders advocating and supporting its use (RCUK, the European Commission). Many publishers are now also allowing author's to use ORCiD as part of any submission process for publication, with other publishers requiring its authors to register for an ORCiD if they have not already done so (The Royal Society, PLoS, AGU, Science, eLife).

What is ORCID?

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Some examples of existing Durham ORCiD holder profiles can be found at:

Other Author IDs

ORCiD is an open, non-proprietary and platform-agnostic system. This means it can be used easily by multiple systems and providers, which is why it is favoured by many research funders, publishers and academic institution.

There are other, commercial author identifiers which are widely used and it may be adviseable for authors to also be aware of and use these.



Researcher ID is an author identifier specific to what were many Thomson Reuters products, such as Web of Science. It is widely used in many Science subjects as a means of tracking both publications and citation data used in the Web of Science Citation Indices and Journal Citation Reports.

Scopus Author ID

Whilst ResearcherID is a proprietary identifier used by Thomson Reuters products, Scopus Author ID is specific to Elsevier products such as Scopus and SciVal.

Unlike ResearcherID, it is not something you need to register for. Instead, Scopus will automatically create an Author ID for all authors of publications it indexes. Where it thinks a publication may relate to an author already assigned a Scopus Author ID, it will link it to the existing ID. If it cannot ascertain a link, a new ID will be created. This can mean that as an author, you may find you have publications split between multiple Scopus Author IDs that you need to merge together (to aid others finding your research, and to avoid any impact on author level citation metrics.

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Sunset date set: Upgrade to ORCID API 2.0+ by August

The backbone of the ORCID Registry is our API. It enables systems to collect verified ORCID iDs from researchers, as well as reading and connecting information about researchers’ affiliations, funding, use of research resources, and research output via their ORCID records. Maintaining and continuing to develop and enhance a sustainable and reliable Registry to provide this service is a key ORCID goal. We released ORCID API 2.0 in February 2017, bringing several changes to make the ORCID Registry and API scalable. In November 2017 we launched API 2.1 to support HTTPS ORCID iDs, enabling us to build a reliable Registry that secures your information and protects against vulnerabilities. On March 1, we sunset API 1.2 on the Public API. We have now set the sunset date of API 1.2 on the Member API: August 1, 2018. ORCID members must upgrade to API 2.0 or higher by August 1 to continue benefiting from using the ORCID Member API. Many members have already upgraded to API 2.0, including the majority of ORCID-enabled CRIS and publishing systems. If you have not yet upgraded, please contact us as soon as possible to let us know your timeframe for completing your upgrade. To learn more about the changes in API 2.0, read our February 2017 interview with our Director of Technology about the new API and our July 2017 post on some of the 2.0 features that will simplify your workflows, reduce transfer file sizes, and make your ORCID integration work better for you and your users alike. In addition to providing improved functionality to you, sunsetting older versions of the API allow us to provide focused service to members and users alike, and to spend more time developing new features - including our soon-to-be-launched API 3.0, including the expanded affiliation sections and a new research resources section. We’re here to help you! Resources to aid your upgrade include: API 1.2 -> 2.x upgrade guide Members support center API resources: Example workflows and tutorials on API 2.1 Github resources on API 2.1: Example calls, files, and the ORCID XSD ORCID API users group: Our listserv for ORCID API developers and all things API Members can also contact your regional support team to plan and discuss your upgrade further. Blog

Collecting the Evidence

WIth over 4.5m users, 850 members, and over 550 member integrations, ORCID is clearly valued by our community. But how can we actually measure that value? Are researchers experiencing automated record updates and form-filling? Are our member organizations able to leverage ORCID iDs to better trace the impact of the research they support? Our Collecting the Evidence project - part of our 2018 roadmap - is intended to help us answer these questions and more. There are a number of existing ORCID reports and analyses that we already know about, including several carried out by our consortia. For example, this Jisc study estimated that comprehensive adoption of open identifiers (ORCID iDs for people, DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) for articles and data, and soon grant awards too) could provide enough reliable information to save a large research institution 1,000 staff hours every year. And Portuguese funder FCT has created a simulator that enables you to calculate how much time and money could be saved if ORCID’s mantra of “enter once, reuse often” can be realized. We also get lots of great feedback from users on Twitter, which we will be tracking this year using sentiment analysis. Not to mention in-person feedback from users, members, our Board, and others, which we are also now collecting more formally. Now we need your help! Please let us know if you’ve carried out an analysis of the impact of ORCID in your community - or if you’re thinking of doing so. If you have direct experience of ORCID making your life easier (or harder!). Or if you have any other feedback on the value of ORCID for you, your organization, or your community. We’ve set up a public Dropbox folder and invite you to contribute to it. You can also contact us directly at We will be updating you regularly on our progress and sharing the evidence we’ve collected at the end of the year. Thank you! Blog

Announcing ORCID's Permissions Pre-Authorization Technical Working Group

Connecting researchers with their research activities is at the heart of what we do here at ORCID, and we’re always looking for ways to make authoritative connections easier to create.  Authoritative connections from publishers, funders, societies, data-centres, aggregators, and others add value to ORCID records and reduce the time researchers spend typing information into forms. The more connections in the Registry, the more the research world benefits. Authoritative connections have always been made with the researcher’s permission and always will be. However, with over 840 ORCID member organisations operating more than 550 integrations, granting permission may become a burden to researchers in itself.  With that in mind, we are looking into ways to offer users the ability to proactively grant record update permission to organisations of their choice, without having to visit each one individually. To ensure that this workflow is secure, sensible, user-friendly, and privacy-preserving, we are launching the Permissions Preauthorization Technical Working Group (PPTWG).  This group is tasked with: Helping ORCID assess technical options Specifying a solution for researchers to proactively grant permission The group will produce a recommendation for handling generation and transmission of the permission tokens used to access a user’s ORCID record.   The PPTWG will be chaired by Simeon Warner, a member of the ORCID Board and Director of Library Linked Data and Repository Architecture at Cornell University Library. Simeon will be supported by Tom Demeranville, ORCID Technology Advocate.   Working group membership is voluntary, and is open to individuals with an interest in the topic, who have technical and practical knowledge of APIs, authentication, encrypted token exchange, user-granted permissions, OAuth2, OIDC, and symmetric and asymmetric encryption. Individuals representing third-party systems are encouraged to participate. We are seeking 6-12 volunteers, and will recognize your participation on the PPTWG web pages on the ORCID website.  We expect members to attend four one-hour web meetings over the course of two months, and to dedicate about four hours to reviewing documents outside of the meetings. Interested?  Please contact us with a short bio and why you’d like to participate.         Blog

Call for Nominations for the ORCID Board in 2019

ORCID is looking for a new class of Board members to join a dynamic group of professionals from different sectors of the research community. Each year the Board nominations process gives the ORCID membership a direct voice in the organization’s governance.  The Board’s composition and annual elections are part of ORCID’s charter. As a new Board member and the Chair of the Nominations Committee, I look forward to working with the other committee members: Richard de Grijs Johanna McEntyre Alison Mitchell Paul Vierkant Other than two unaffiliated researcher members (myself and Richard de Grijs), ORCID Board members must be from current ORCID member organizations, all of which are eligible to nominate representatives to serve on the Board. In seeking a balanced, diverse slate, we will take into account different sectors, region, skills, and non-profit status requirements, as established in the ORCID bylaws. New Board members should ideally offer perspectives not currently represented or fully represented on the Board. New Board members will serve for a period of three years, starting from  the February 2019 Board meeting. They are expected to attend each of three annual Board meetings, in person, and to play an active role in ORCID activities during the course of their term. For more about the roles and responsibilities of ORCID Board Directors, please see the Elections webpage. Please send us your recommendations for new ORCID Board members using this form. We will consider all recommendations received before August 1, 2018. The slate will be presented to the current Board for approval at our late September meeting, after which it will be announced publicly. The community has the choice of either voting on the slate or proposing additional candidates (within 30 days of the slate being announced), in which case the election will become a plurality vote by candidate. To propose additional candidates, a group of 20 or more members must submit a nomination in writing to ORCID before November 7, 2018. Note that the group may not include more than one member per consortium (for specific details, see Article III Section 2b of ORCID's Bylaws). We will send notifications and open the election by electronic ballot later in November. The full process is summarized below: ORCID 2019 Elections Timetable Date Activity March 12, 2018 Call for Board member recommendations August 1, 2018 Closing date for Board recommendations September 26, 2018 Nominating Committee presents slate for Board approval October 28, 2018 Slate made public November 7, 2018 Closing date for alternative nominations December 6, 2018 Elections by electronic ballot January 1, 2019 Elected members start their term We look forward to receiving your recommendations over the coming months. Please contact the nominating committee with any questions, or feel free to reach out to me directly. When voting opens, ORCID will be sending proxies to each main contact listed on ORCID membership agreements. If you would like to update your membership contact information at any time between now and then, please contact ORCID Support. Blog

Looking Out Three Years: ORCID’s Strategic Plan

Planning for the Future ORCID is transitioning from a start-up into a growing, established non-profit organization. Our community is growing steadily. We have 4.5 million registered users and expect to pass the 1,000 member milestone this year.  As we grow, we must redouble our efforts to ensure reliability - both in terms of our services and our principles. To guide the transition, in 2017 we engaged in a strategic visioning process. Our core question was how ORCID can optimally position its offering to empower researchers and advance the research ecosystem to drive better research outcomes. Core Strategies We started by imagining potential scenarios for the research environment in 2035. With our Board and members of the ORCID community, we considered the implications of these scenarios for ORCID and identified four core strategies that enable the ORCID mission: Researcher: Position the researcher at the center of all that we do Infrastructure: Invest in developing a robust information infrastructure Trusted Assertions: Enable a wide range of verified iD-ID connections Strategic Relationships: Develop sustainability through strategic relationships Three-year Roadmap From these core strategies, we have developed a roadmap for the next three years.  In each year, our projects will focus on a community sector or perspective. Building on our earlier work with the publishing community and research institutions, in 2018 we will be deepening our engagement with the funding community, starting with the ORBIT project and encompassing all of our roadmap projects.  In 2019 we will leverage all of this work to focus on researchers.   You can read more about our work in 2017 in our Annual Report.  And, over the next few weeks, we will be publishing blogs describing our 2018 roadmap projects.  Look for updates during the course of the year! We thank our Board especially for supporting ORCID in this journey, and we look forward to working with everyone in the community as we implement our core strategies. For Your Reference We invite you to consult our website for more information and to follow our blog for regular roadmap updates. ORCID Vision, Mission, and Core Strategies 2018 Roadmap Blog