New Research Guide: What is ORCID and Why Do You Need It?


The Open Researcher and Contributor ID, or ORCID, is a unique identifier that will help distinguish your research outputs. Anyone who has run a literature search knows that with the different permutations of names and institution affiliations, locating the right John Smith with appointments at several university departments can be a Herculean detective effort. In comes ORCID! Think of it as the author-equivalent of a PubMed Identifier (PMID).

Our ORCID champion at THL is Merle Rosenzweig, 0000-0003-4422-5490, and has created a research guide all about ORCID, find it here: and sign up for your ORCID account today!

Why should you bother with yet another account? Here’s something to consider: ORCID has two aims (that I am adapting from the research guide):

  1. Provides a standard unique author identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
  2. Prevent authorship confusion (via the ORCID registry).

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