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ORCiD: Why Use ORCiD

Portions of this guide have been adapted from Texas Woman's University, with permission.

Why should I use ORCiD?

ORCiD helps uniquely identify you as a researcher and is the most widely adopted cross platform identifier. 

  • Many publishers use ORCiD, reducing the need to keep track of multiple identifiers for different platforms. 
  • Your ORCiD can connect with other scholarly ID systems, such as Web of Science and Scopus.
  • Some funders and publishers now require you to have an ORCiD to submit.

Who Am I?

Am I A. Johnson? A. B. Johnson? Adam B. Johnson?

Do you have a common name? Have published some articles with your middle initiation, some with your first initial, and others with your fill name? Have you changed your name at some point during your research career? 

ORCiD solves the problem of name differences. Collect all your work under one profile - no matter what name it is published under. 


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Build Your Professional Profile

With an ORCiD you can easily showcase your accomplishments.

If you're a student or early career academic, every accomplishment counts. Gather together all your research outputs from articles to posters in one scholarly profile. ORCiD allows you to connect all your professional and scholarly accomplishments to feature them to university departments, potential collaborators, employers, and funders. 

Credit for all your professional activities

ORCiD can track all your professional activities.

  • Journal articles
  • Presentations
  • Data sets
  • Books
  • Encyclopedia entries
  • Research tools
  • Websites
  • Supervised student projects
  • Conference posters
  • Conference papers
  • Lectures/speeches
  • Artistic performances

ORCiD helps get you credit for all your professional activities -- not just journal articles. By creating an ORCiD profile you can connect all your research or professional outputs to one researcher ID.