What is ORCID

What is ORCID?

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries and its cooperation with other identifier systems.

The ORCID Community

The ORCID community includes individual researchers, universities, national laboratories, commercial research organizations, research funders, publishers, national science agencies, data repositories, and international professional societies, all of whom have been critically affected by the lack of a central registry for researchers. ORCID coordinates with the community through Working Groups and bi-annual Outreach meetings.


ORCID works with the research community to identify opportunities for integrating ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as manuscript submissions and grant applications. ORCID encourages third parties to develop applications that interact with and enhance the utility of the ORCID Registry. We provide tools, use cases, documentation, examples, and open-source code to support your integration efforts.

The ORCID Team

ORCID is governed by a Board of Directors with wide stakeholder representation. ORCID is supported by a dedicated and knowledgeable professional staff, led by Executive Director Laure Haak and Technical Director Laura Paglione.


Individuals may use ORCID services freely. ORCID membership is open to any organization interested in integrating ORCID identifiers. All member fees are used to sustain and develop ORCID for the benefit of the research community.

News and Events

ORCID posts information on our activities and tools on Twitter (@ORCID_Org) and in our blog and newsletter. We also sponsor bi-annual Outreach Meetings.

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