ORCID: How to make research results more discoverable

for CEU Authors

What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-profit organization that provides a persistent and unique digital identifier for researchers.

The ORCID ID is a 16-digit alphanumeric code that distinguishes individual researchers from one another and links them to their scholarly works. ORCIDs are portable and will be associated with researchers throughout their careers, regardless of employer.

Why is ORCID useful?

1. Uniqueness and Name Disambiguation

There might be multiple researchers with similar names, leading to confusion and misattribution of their work. ORCID solves this problem by assigning a distinct identifier to each researcher and ensuring accurate credit for their contributions.

2. Centralized researcher profile

ORCID provides a centralized hub where researchers can manage their professional information, including affiliations, publications, grants, and more. This profile acts as a comprehensive, up-to-date CV, making it easier to showcase achievements. For individuals interested in the work of researchers, it is easier to access specific works.

3. Interoperability

ORCID integrates with various research systems, including publishing platforms, funding agencies, academic institutions, and databases. This integration allows for automatic updates of researchers’ profiles whenever new works are published or affiliations change, reducing the need for manual data entry and ensuring accuracy.

4. Enhanced visibility and discoverability

Published works become more easily discovered by search engines, databases, and other research platforms when researchers link their ORCID This increased visibility can lead to greater use and citations.

5. Streamlined publishing and peer review

Many publishers and journals now require authors to provide their ORCID IDs during manuscript submission. This accelerates the peer-review process by accurately associating authors with their works and streamlining communication between publishers, authors, and reviewers.

6. Research assessment and evaluation

ORCID’s iDs are crucial in research assessment, including promotions, tenure evaluations, and grant applications. Institutions and funding agencies (e.g., the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)) use ORCID data to reliably assess researchers’ contributions, impact, or collaborations.

7. Open data and collaboration

ORCID operates on an open data principle, allowing researchers to control what information they share and with whom. This facilitates collaboration and data sharing while ensuring privacy and data security.

8. Standardization and integration

ORCID has gained broad support across the research ecosystem, with thousands of journals, publishers, funding agencies, and institutions integrating ORCID into their workflows. This standardization fosters a more consistent and reliable research environment.

9. International reach

ORCID is a global initiative benefiting researchers worldwide. It transcends geographic boundaries, enabling researchers to quickly build international networks and collaborations.

10. Long-term researcher identity

ORCID’s iDs are persistent identifiers throughout a researcher’s career. Even if researchers change institutions, names, or fields, their ORCID’s iDs remain constant, providing a consistent link to their works.


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Data privacy

Data privacy plays a pivotal role for ORCID and its operation. Researchers can control the shared information on the ORCID profiles. This includes options for selective sharing of data and the ability to withdraw consent for data sharing at any time.