Connecting Research and Researchers

The ORCID iD (= Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is becoming increasingly important in the publishing and academic system. This is a non-proprietary, predominantly numeric code for the unique identification of scientific authors. It ensures the electronic assignment of publications and other research activities and data material to researchers and thus eliminates research problems that can arise due to identical names, different name spellings and name changes and simplifies the handling of metadata in different places in everyday scientific life. The aim is to make its identification number the standard for author identification in the sense of "enter once, reuse often". This will make it easier for authors, scientific institutions, publishers and funders to assign texts, data and materials to their authors throughout the entire scientific publication process.

The ORCID iD enables a globally unique and permanent citation. If you move to another institution, you can continue to use it and it simplifies the public presentation of your research achievements.

You can find an example of an ORCID profile here.


The advantages of an ORCID iD

  • Easy identification in the case of identical names or different spellings
  • Visibility through clear assignment of your own research activities, such as publications, research data, patents, software or grants
  • Exact citation analyses
  • Registration and control of all data by the researchers themselves
  • Uniform identifier without limitation to disciplines or institutions
  • Synchronisation of publication lists with ResearcherID and Scopus as well as automatic addition of new publications through Crossref and DataCite
  • Reduced workload in applications and reports for research funders or third-party funders, as funders can be granted access to the ORCID profile and thus to the research work documented there


Create an ORCID iD

  1. Registration is free of charge via orcid.org.
  2. Follow the link "Register now" and enter all spellings and variants of your name as well as your email. Now you can link your publications to the ORCID iD.
  3. Select "+Add works - Search & link" on your profile page.
  4. You will be shown ORCID partners through which you can search for your publications. If in doubt, start with "CrossRef Metadata Search". Crossref manages DOIs for publishers, so you will most likely find the data of your journal articles here.
  5. Authorise Crossref to access your ORCID profile.
  6. You will receive a list of publications with your (last) name. Confirm your own publications with "Add to Orcid".


Further information

Short & precise on orcid.org
Described in detail in the DINI-Positionspapier (in German only)


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