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Your name is key to establishing a unique public profile for publications and research activities throughout your research and academic career. 


  • if you've ever published something under a different form of your name;
    • if you have changed your name (because of marriage, divorce, etc.);
      • if you have been affiliated with several organizations over your career;
        • or if your name is merely a more common one...

...there probably are several variations of your name associated with your publications and research activities.

An ORCID iD (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, ORCID supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized as yours.

And, registering for an ORCID iD is free!

Register for your ORCID iD using the instructions that follow.  Then be sure to use your ORCID iD when you submit articles for publication or when prompted by funders.

ORCID's mission and values

ORCID’s mission and values (excerpted from their website, and documentation, 2024)

ORCID’s mission is to "enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and their affiliations by providing a unique, persistent identifier for individuals to use as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities."

"ORCID... is a global, not-for-profit organization" ...that provides a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars that is open, non-proprietary, transparent, and mobile. ORCID invites all researchers to participate without entry fees or maintenance costs.

ORCID recognizes that first and foremost, individuals own their record.  A central principle of the ORCID initiative is that researchers control the defined privacy settings of their own ORCID record data. Individual record holders can control what information is displayed publicly, what is shared with trusted partners, and who those trusted partners are.

For more information, contact...

Kelly Cannon
Scholarly Communication and Digital Learning Librarian


Thomas Christie
Cataloging and Metadata Librarian