Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a registry of persistent identifiers for researchers and scholars from around the world. When you register with ORCID, you’ll be assigned a unique 16-digit identifier and a profile page (ORCID record) that you can populate with your professional information, including employment history, scholarly output, and links to other profile pages, etc.

Why Should You Obtain an ORCID Identifier?
  • Having an ORCID iD ensures that your works are associated with you and not someone else - especially someone with a similar name.
  • Publishers are beginning to require that authors include their ORCID iD during the manuscript submission process. See ORCID's open letter on publishers requiring iDs.
  • ORCID iD is being included as a searchable field in bibliographic and abstracting databases (e.g. PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science).
  • ORCID iDs can be used to automatically populate your NIH biographical sketch via ORCIDs partnership with NIH Science Experts Network (SciENcv). Visit the tab entitled My NCBI: SciENcv on our NIH Public Access Policy LibGuide for instructions.
  • In July 2019, NIH, AHRQ, and CDC announced that individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have ORCID iDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) beginning in FY 2020.  
  • ORCID iD has been integrated into eRA Commons so you can link your ORCID publications to your grants. See the news release from the electronic Research Administration at NIH.
  • When you log into ORCID@MSK, you can update your ORCID record with your MSK affiliation, Synapse publications and Synapse URL. Your ORCID iD will be added to your Synapse profile and used to verify your affiliations.
To better understand and make an informed decision about accepting ORCID's terms regarding accessibility or privacy, see: