Use this guide to introduce yourself to what is an ORCID iD, to discover the advantages to having an ORCID iD and how to to create an ORCID iD for yourself.
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a free persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher.
You can connect your iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. You can use your iD to share your information with other systems, ensuring you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors.
In a Canadian context we can think of an ORCID iD as a Social Insurance Number (SIN) / Numéro d'assurance sociale (NAS), but for all your research activities.
It is also often a requirement when you submit journal articles or grant applications. Currently there are approximately 5 million live ORCID iD's in existence, and this number is growing rapidly.
Adapted from Ryerson University Library's ORCID Guide
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