ORCID - Frequently Asked Questions
The most frequently asked questions concerning ORCID. For information about other library services, please contact Ask-A-Librarian.
ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. The ORCID initiative focuses on solving the name ambiguity problem by creating persistent unique identifiers and linking mechanisms between different ID schemes and research objects. An author's name is not always reliable in identifying all scholarly publications associated with the individual,especially if this person has a common name such as Smith in the United States, or Chen in China. Having a unique identifier can ensure that researchers are credited for the work they have done To learn more, visit the ORCID website.
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Publishers are beginning to require that authors include their ORCID iD during the manuscript submission process. Learn more from the ORCID open letter on publishers requiring iDs as part of their publication workflows. You can also use your ORCID iD when applying for a grant or add it to your web profile, your CV, or any other place you list your research.
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Visit ORCID@MSK to begin the process of obtaining an ORCID iD. You will also be able to send any Synapse works to your newly created ORCID record from this application. For support or if you have any questions about the process, you can contact the Synapse team.
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You can obtain your ORCID iD (and send Synapse works to your ORCID record) by using MSK's unique application.
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As stated on the ORCID website, “ORCID records hold non-sensitive information such as name, email, organization and research activities. ORCID understands the fundamental need for individuals to control how their data are shared, and provides tools to manage data privacy. [They] take steps to protect your information, consistent with the principles set forth in [their] Privacy Policy, which are intended to comply with the Safe Harbor Principles issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce.”
For each research entry (work) you can choose among three levels of security: public (anyone can see the entry); limited (you choose who can see the entry); private (entry can be seen only by you.)  When the ORCID account is first created, the default security level is public.
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You do!  Once you have your assigned ORCID iD you can begin to populate your record. You'll be able to manually add information as well as upload citations from various sources. You also have the ability to set permissions and privacy settings. For more information, see: Will my ORCID record (at Orcid.org) populate automatically with my research output?
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If you have already created an ORCID iD via orcid.org, please login to our application to share your iD number with us or send your unique identifier to the Synapse team. If you created an ORCID iD from our application using your MSK email address, you’re all set. If you created your ORCID iD using a different email address, please update your record at orcid.org to add your MSK email to your record.
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Once a duplicate record has been removed, it cannot be reinstated. Learn more about removing a duplicate record or contact the Synapse team for support.
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Your ORCID iD is linked to you and your works. It is not tied to your place of employment. However, it is important that prior to leaving MSK, you ensure that your ORCID record is linked to an active email address.
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Yes, this could happen. Having an ORCID iD cannot prevent this issue, but it can make it easier to detect, since, unlike names, your ORCID iD is an identifier that is unique to you. Should you experience this issue, you can reach out to the Synapse team for support.
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You can add new works to your ORCID record by logging in to our application and following the steps to push works from your profile page in Synapse. If you don't see a particular work on your Synapse profile, please contact the Synapse team. You can also populate your record with citations found in Scopus, Europe PubMed Central, CrossRef Metadata Search, and works already associated with a Thomson Reuters' ResearcherID. Select from these options under “For Researchers > My ORCID Record” in the “Works” area of your record. Click on “Import Works” to get started. Only references with a DOI will appear automatically.
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No. ORCID allows for any publication type, conference proceedings, and intellectual property (including patents, licenses, and registered copyright items). View a list of full supported work types.
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Yes, non-Latin script character sets with Unicode encoding are supported for display and search of ORCID records and the ORCID registry. Such citations may be added to your record manually, or imported (if the exporting database supports these characters).
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Yes, there is! The NIH announced that ORCID iDs will be required for many grants offered by the NIH, AHRQ and CDC. This requirement focuses on individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards. For the awards affected by this change, the eRA system will validate that ORCID iDs have been linked with eRA Commons profiles, and applicants without a linked ORCID iD will not be accepted.
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When visiting ORCID@MSK you must first login to begin the process using your MSK username and employee ID number. After doing so and clicking on the orange Connect to ORCID button, you are directed to the ORCID login page where you must authenticate with them (or create a new account) before being able to send any works (publications) or other information to your ORCID record using ORCID@MSK. By following this authentication process, you are connecting ORCID@MSK with ORCID.org.
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Synapse contains works you have authored while at MSK (where you have listed your affiliation as Memorial Sloan Kettering on the publication). After registering with ORCID@MSK, your ORCID iD will be created. Once this is done you can sync your Synapse publications to your ORCID record, but you will not see any works you authored while at another institution. If you would like help on populating your ORCID record with non-MSK publications or believe some of your MSK publications are missing from Synapse, contact us for assistance.
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Yes. ORCID provides a list of organization, institution, and publisher integrations that currently exist. For instance, you can send works published in Elsevier journals using the Scopus2ORCID integration, locate your works in CrossRef and immediately send them to your ORCID record by logging into ORCID from their website, or use the NIH SciENcv integration to autopopulate your NIH Biosketch with information from your ORCID record. To learn more about adding works to an author's ORCID record, contact the Synapse team.
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