ORCID: Researcher IDs


The world of published academic literature continues to grow, as does the number of contributors to this body of knowledge. We may be unique in our contributions, but not necessarily our name or institutions.

Develop a profile and have a unique identifier assigned to your name and research with an ORCID so that your work will always be attributed correctly to you.

This has a variety of benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Unique ID stays with you despite name changes (such as surname changes due to marriage or divorce)
  • Also stays with you should you change departments, institutions, or any other affiliations
  • Easier to track your record of contributions for tenure/promotion
  • Universally recognized vehicle for establishing unique record
  • Granting agencies are starting to ask for ORCIDs

Questions? Ask any of the librarians to the right of the page!


Open Researcher and Contributer ID (ORCID) is a -

  • Unique researcher identifiers to resolve name ambiguity and ensure correct attribution
  • Open system for linking to current researcher ID systems developed by databases and publishers
  • Currently accepted by many databases, publishers, and metrics tools to quickly correct author information and attribution

To create your ORCID ID:

  • Set up an account at ORCID and provide information for profile.
  • Under Works, click open the ADD WORKS and select SEARCH A LINK.
  • Use Scopus and ResearcherID to add citations to your ORCID profile. You will need to have set up profiles in each for this to work effectively (see boxes below).
  • Use any of the other links if related to your work.
  • Add any publications not included from the steps above (usually older publications, tech reports, conference proceedings)
  • If you have citations in BibTeX files follow these instructions.
  • ORCID does not support Google Scholar Citations. See the instructions for converting to BibTeX and then into ORCID

Scopus AuthorID

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Scopus Author Identifiers

  • Provides a unique ID # for authors within the Scopus citation database
  • Uses an algorithm to differentiate between two researchers with similar names
  • Because names can appears in different format (e.g. with a middle initial), the algorithm will list this as a new author
  • Scopus allows researchers to check variations on their names and their publication list and submit corrections
  • Having a corrected Scopus Author ID allows researchers to fully utilize the Scopus Author Metrics (discussed on the Citation Metrics tab)

Web of Science ResearchID

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Web of Science ResearcherID

  • Provides unique ID# for researchers
  • Integrates with the Web of Science citation database
  • Allows for corrections to profiles
  • Provides citation metrics for researchers

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