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The NIH, CDC, & AHRQ are going to start requiring ORCID from some awardees beginning in FY 2020. See their new policy for more details.

What is ORCID?

ORCID is an identification tool that distinguishes scholars from one another (regardless of name variants). Unlike other research IDs, your ORCID ID is universal. It is not tied to any institution or database and it can follow you wherever your research takes you.  ORCID ensures that your work is recognized by connecting you to your professional and scholarly activities.  You can keep your ORCID with you throughout your career, even when you graduate or change jobs. It eliminates scholars’ need to enter the same data and information in different systems.

Why do you need an ORCID ID?


  • Ensures that your research contributions are attributed to you
  • Saves you time – enter information once, and then reuse
  • Increases discoverability of your publications and research outputs
  • Prevents mistaken identity
  • Improves your ability to control and managing your research outputs
  • More and more systems you already use are connected with ORCID, including journal manuscript submission and grant application systems
  • It’s free and simple to use