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Research Impact

Why Worry About Your Identity?

Few authors have completely unique names that allow them to be easily distinguished from others. In addition, researchers often publish under variations of their name (with or without a middle initial, for example). To further complicate matters, institutional affiliations can change over the course of a career. As a result, it is not always easy to attribute research outputs to a specific individual. In other words - you may not be getting credit for your work

ORCID - Open Researcher and Contributor ID

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create:

  • An international, interdisciplinary, central registry of unique and persistent identifiers for individual researchers, and
  • A way to link the identifiers with researchers' outputs and activities

Why Register for ORCID ID?

ORCID helps you to distinguish your research activities and outputs from those of other researchers with similar names (name ambiguity), and makes sure your work is currectly credited to you.  ORCID identifiers are increasingly being used by:

  • Journal publishers
  • Funding bodies 
  • University repositories

Your ORCID identifier provides a:

  • Unique, persistent identifier which you can link to your other IDs such as your Scopus Author Identifier and ResearcherID
  • Profile page which can include your list of publications and publishing activities
  • Profile that will follow you wherever your career takes you

How to Register

Registration for an ORCID identifier is free and fast: go to and enter your name and email address and create a password.

Then you can easily link your ORCID iD to, and import information from, other sources such as: 

  • Scopus Author Identifier,
  • ResearcherID,
  • CrossRef

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