ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a persistent, 16-digit identifier that uniquely identifies a researcher and accurately connects them with their research, scholarship, and innovation. Creating and using an ORCID helps you get credit for the work you do.
This unique identifier belongs to you and distinguishes you from other researchers. Having an ORCID identifier can clear up name confusion caused by:
- Having a common last name
- Different versions of a name (e.g. initials versus full name use)
- Accents or other diacritics
- Name changes
- Multiple family names
ORCID identifiers are now becoming a part of the grant process for funding agencies and journal article submissions. As more and more institutions, funders, and publishers adopt the use of ORCID identifiers, it will save time for individual researchers with ORCID identifiers by reducing the number of repetitive data entries.
The UNLV Libraries recently became an ORCID member organization. This year, the Libraries will embark on pilot projects to enroll and work with ORCID iDs associated with UNLV, including faculty, research staff, and graduate students. More information will be forthcoming as the pilot advances.
Obtaining an ORCID identifier is free for individual researchers. Signing up for an account takes only a few minutes. Visit https://orcid.org/ to start the process of creating your own ORCID identifier.
To learn more about ORCID, view the “What is ORCID” video: https://vimeo.com/97150912