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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 ID.

See our ORCID FAQS for further information about ORCID, its benefits, and how to get the most from your ORCID ID.

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."
In July 2018, Research England (which has inhereited responsiblities for REF from HEFCE as of April 2018) published its Draft Guidance on Submissions and Panel Criteria. The guidance lists ORCID under required data for all Category A submitted staff, where held, and required for all researchers named in Impact Case Studies.
Durham therefore strongly encourages all Durham staff and doctoral students to register for an ORCID ID, and to record this on their profile within the university's staff profile system (see R&IS Funding Bulletin June 2018).

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 an ORCID iD as part of any submission process for publication, with other publishers requiring its authors to register with ORCID if they have not already done so (The Royal Society, PLoS, AGU, Science, eLife).

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Some examples of existing Durham ORCID iD 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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We'll Be Rocking Your World Again At PIDapalooza 2020!

The official countdown to PIDapalooza 2020 -- the open festival of persistent identifiers (PIDs) -- begins here! With 162 days to go until our opening ceremony at the fabulous Belem Cultural Center in Lisbon, Portugal, your friendly neighborhood PIDapalooza Planning Committee -- Helena Cousijn (DataCite), Maria Gould (CDL), Stephanie Harley (ORCID), Ginny Hendricks (Crossref), and Alice Meadows (ORCID) -- are already hard at work making sure it’s the best one so far! We have a shiny new website, with loads more information than before, including the PIDapalooza playlists, a photo gallery, and of course registration information -- look out for updates there and on Twitter. And, led by Helena, the Program Committee is starting its search for sessions that meet PIDapalooza’s goals of being PID-focused and fun, informative and interactive.  If you’ve got a PID story to share, a PID practice to recommend, or a PID technology to launch, the Committee wants to hear from you! Please send your ideas, using this form, by September 27. We aim to finalize the program by early November. Please tie your proposal into one of the six conference themes : Putting Principles into Practice. FAIR, Plan S, the 4 Cs in Metadata 2020; principles are everywhere. Do you have examples of how PIDs helped you put principles into practice? We’d love to hear your story! PID Communities. We believe PIDs don’t work without community around them. We would like to hear from you about best practice among PID communities so we can learn from each other and spread the word even further! PID Success Stories. We already know PIDs are great, but which strategies worked? Share your victories! Which strategies failed? Let’s turn these into success stories together! Achieving Persistence through Sustainability. Persistence is a key part of PIDs, but there can’t be persistence without sustainability. Share how you sustain your PIDs or how PIDs help you with sustainability? Bridging Worlds - Social and Technical. What would make heterogeneous PID systems 'interoperate' optimally? Would standardized metadata and APIs across PID types solve many of the problems, and if so, how would that be achieved? And what about the social aspects? How do we bridge the gaps between different stakeholder groups and communities? PID party. You don’t just learn about PIDs through powerpoints. What about games? Interpretive dance? Get creative and let us know what kind of activity you’d like to organize at PIDapalooza this year! We hope you’re as excited about PIDapalooza 2020 as we are.  We look forward to seeing you there! The PIDapalooza 2020 Planning Committee Helena Cousijn (DataCite), Maria Gould (California Digital Library), Ginny Hendricks (Crossref), Stephanie Harley (ORCID), Alice Meadows (ORCID) PIDapalooza: the essentials What? PIDapalooza 2020 - the open festival of persistent identifiers When? January 29-30, 2020 (kickoff party the evening of January 28) Where? Belem Cultural Center, Lisbon, Portugal Why? To think, talk, live persistent identifiers for two whole days with your fellow PID enthusiasts Blog

New Features Alert! Combining Work Items

As we continue to celebrate the Year of the Researcher as part of our 2019 Project Roadmap, we are excited to launch two new features which will allow you to combine works on your ORCID record.  Information about the same work may be added to ORCID records from different sources.  ORCID will automatically group together, work items with the same identifier. With our new combining functionality, you can now combine work items from different sources that use different identifiers.   How to combine work items into a group To manually select and combine work items, first sign in to your ORCID record.  Navigate to your Works section and select the work items that you would like to combine.  Finally, choose the COMBINE option from under the Works header section. This brief video shows you how. Note that the Combine function creates a group of items, and does not merge the items.  The combined items will group under the preferred version.  Want some help? In addition to the combine process, we can now also suggest which items to combine, based on title matching criteria. These suggestions are accessible by clicking the “Manage similar works” button under the Works header on your record. You can review the list, adjust as needed, and then confirm the combination.  As with the manual process for combining, all items are grouped under the preferred work item. This short video shows how it works.  More information For more information about combining works into groups, please read our KnowledgeBase article. And tell us what you think!  Contact us at to share any suggestions you have to help improve the ORCID Registry or APIs. Thank you! Blog post: Group multiple versions of the same work together Blog post: New feature alert! Merge duplicate iDs... KnowledgeBase article: Group multiple versions of the same work together Blog

Great achievements in Peru!

It has been almost two years since our "Collect & Connect: Focus on Latin America" post, when we celebrated CONCYTEC's achievements as a true ORCID pioneer as the first member in Latin America to be recognized in our Collect & Connect program! CONCYTEC is the Peruvian agency which purpose is to regulate, direct, guide, finance, coordinate, supervise and evaluate the country`s actions in Science, Technology and Technological Innovation, and to promote and drive its development. Back then, around 8,000 Peruvian researchers had their ORCID iD connected to the national cv system, DINA (now CTI Vitae)1, and ORCID had the support of two member organizations: Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) and CONCYTEC. Fast forward two years. CONCYTEC has integrated ORCID into the national CV platform, CTI Vitae, to which 22,000 Peruvian researchers have now connected their ORCID iD.   We have also welcomed five more organizations in Peru as ORCID members, in 2019: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Universidad Andina del Cusco, Universidad Continental, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. In addition, Peruvian users have been consistently amongst the top five countries to use the ORCID Registry over the past three years, a great indication of the benefit of ORCID to the community!      CONCYTEC and ORCID CONCYTEC has been part of the ORCID community since 2015 and was the first Latin American governmental funding agency to integrate with ORCID. Their ORCID  integrations with DINA (the national cv platform, now renamed CTI Vitae) and ALICIA (the national open access repository), allow researchers to import publications from their ORCID record to their CTI Vitae, and to export their contributions from ALICIA to their ORCID record. This means less administrative burden for Peruvian researchers and increased international visibility for local research. "ORCID is an element of first importance for the national and international interoperability of the National Information Network in CTI's systems, and to increase the visibility of Peruvian researchers". Knowledge Evaluation & Management Office (DEGC)  - CONCYTEC   The PeruCRIS project The PerúCRIS project aims to establish, develop, and operate the country’s National Information Network on Science, Technology and Technological Innovation in CTI, which will allow the consolidation and management of scientific and academic information throughout Peru. It will also enable the generation of statistics to support decision-making - at the institutional, regional, sectoral, and national levels - in addition to making the activities, capacities, and scientific production of Peruvian researchers globally visible. Building the National Information Network in CTI requires the incorporation of best practices in the research information management. To achieve this goal, CONCYTEC has established strategic alliances with key institutions in the international open science community -- DURASPACE, euroCRIS, LA Referencia, COAR, and ORCID.   Campaign for ORCID Adoption In October 2018, CONCYTEC launched a campaign for national adoption of ORCID as the unique persistent identifier for researchers at the national level. This means that all Peruvian researchers will have an ORCID iD. The project also involves: ORCID integration. Authenticated sign-in to CTI VItae through ORCID, plus the ability to import and export publications to and from ORCID and CTi Vitae ORCID training. CONCYTEC has been actively reaching out to Peruvian research institutions to share ORCID`s best practices for researchers and organizations. This approach includes visits and on-site training, dedicated webinars and general webinars. ORCID has been working since 2018 with CONCYTEC on a series of webinars for researchers and organizations, continuing through 2019. To see more information, including a calendar of activities and videos, or to register for an upcoming webinar, visit Talleres ORCID Institutional affiliation and affiliation coordinator. This functionality enables institutions to monitor their researchers' ORCID registration and thus track the progress of ORCID adoption   Partnership In July last year, CONCYTEC organized the First Meeting of STI Information Managers, bringing together representatives from 141 public and private Peruvian universities, and 25 public research institutions. Speakers from key Latin American and European organizations related to STI information management, including La Referencia, ORCID, EuroCRIS, 4Science, DuraSpace, CINECA, and others shared technology updates, as well as standards and best practices in the field. A few months later, in October, CONCYTEC and ORCID co-sponsored a one-day workshop at Universidad ESAN, where we shared progress to date and future plans with the community. Representatives from two ORCID members in the region -- Universidad Autónoma San Luís Potosí (Mexico) and Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Peru) -- also shared their experiences of implementing ORCID During 2019, CONCYTEC and ORCID are running a series of joint webinars for researchers and for research institutions, explaining the benefits of ORCID membership, and both organizations will also be at the Latmetrics conference, in Cusco this November. Learn more about ORCID and CONCYTEC in this great video CONCYTEC prepared about our work together!   Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas: a precursor UPC was one of our first members in Latin America, and the second in Peru, joining ORCID in 2016. One of UPC`s first actions was to integrate ORCID with the institutional digital repository, making it mandatory for all researchers depositing thesis and dissertations to have and share their ORCID iD, and facilitating for authors to register their works. This included the production of campaigns and material to facilitate the creation of ORCID iDs by researchers. As a result, today UPC has more than 2,000 researchers with an ORCID iD, which allowed the following actions:  Adoption of a unique identifier for users in the digital context of the University; Standardization of user names when registering information in academic and research information systems; Generation of an organizational culture that allows users to maintain a unique way of registering the authorship of their work. UPC`s scientific publications developed a policy of including author`s ORCID iDs. Libio Huaroto, Head of Repositories at UPC, a repositories management expert, and an ORCID enthusiast told us:  "Undoubtedly, the incorporation of ORCID and other identifiers in academic and editorial processes of the University have improved research work, facilitated its dissemination and improved tracking."   With all the great progress being made, we are very happy to continue working on building an ORCID  community in Peru, and helping to create our second consortium in Latin America!   1 Source: CONCYTEC ( Blog

Optimizing and Automating - Improving our Accounts Receivable and Other Processes

Besides “running the back office” through managing finances and accounting, human resources, and our internal systems and tools, the role of the ORCID Operations team is to continually work to ensure our processes are aligned with our values of transparency, persistence, and trust. This year, we continue our work to improve our operational efficiency.  Our Operations team of four has been working on a number of projects to this end, including improvements in our accounting processes, updating our internal systems and equipment in line with our focus on researcher control and privacy, as well as improving the transparency and automation of our internal operating procedures to optimize staff time.  We are happy to announce an important operations milestone for 2019: we have fully automated our accounts receivable process and have added international credit card processing capabilities through our new Stripe payment portal. Not only is this important for our global membership base, but we have also freed up more time for our Engagement team members to connect with you! We are also working to establish an internal sign-on system to enable better staff access across our information platforms, as well as improving our management of external mailing lists to ensure you get our newsletters and service messages.  Look out for more Operations news in future posts!   Blog

Using ORCID to Connect Researchers and their Antibodies

In the early days of the Antibody Registry, we interacted with a researcher who had made a really useful antibody, which she believed had been used in “hundreds of papers.” She sent the reagent to numerous colleagues, some of whom thanked her in their papers -- but each in a different way -- while others didn’t acknowledge her contribution at all. So, when asked to produce a list of the papers that used the antibody she was at a loss. Our system for crediting producers of scholarly artifacts -- often quite useful ones -- other than papers, was quite broken.  Today, the Antibody Registry enables researchers to universally identify antibodies used in their research, by assigning unique persistent identifiers (Research Resource Identifiers or RRIDs) to each antibody. This enables the antibodies to be specifically referenced, for example, in the methods section of a paper and easily discovered by humans and search engines.   Before the Antibody Registry started, there was no way to answer a simple question such as “how many antibodies are out there for me to use?” or “what percentage of the genome is covered by antibody reagents?” It was also very difficult to  track down which antibodies were being used in a particular paper. Although the answers to these questions are still not perfect, they are closer to “the truth” than was previously possible. As you can imagine, “the truth” changes each time anyone makes a reagent either in a lab or a company, however, when those reagents are published to websites by companies or in papers by researchers, the Antibody Registry can come into play, by registering the antibodies created by those researchers.  Many journals now insist that, if you reference an antibody in a paper, it should have an RRID, which then enables that antibody to be tracked throughout the literature.  However, this does not solve the credit problem. That’s where ORCID comes in.  The Antibody Registry has now added ORCID identifiers to our user interface, enabling the researcher who made the antibody to claim credit for it. ORCID already supports RRIDs, which means that the Antibody Registry can connect a particular reagent (e.g., RRID:AB_528484) with a specific researcher. The screenshot below shows how the Antibody Registry displays ORCID iDs and, in future, we plan to also post antibodies to ORCID records. We hope that, in the not-too-distant future, our original researcher will be able to make an antibody, register it with an RRID linked to her ORCID account, and get credit she deserves when that antibody is used by her colleagues, and their papers include both the RRID AND her connection to it as the antibody creator. Blog