Have you as a researcher been asked to enter ORCID? What is ORCID? Why is it important?

What is ORCID?

ORCID is a unique researcher-ID associated with your research activity. If you enter ORCID when you submit manuscripts or applications it is easier to identify which research is yours. Your ORCID stays with you throughout your research career, even if you change your name, job, institution or move abroad.

Why use ORCID?

Using only names as identitiers in research contexts is not always unproblematic. Many persons have the same or a similar name. If everyone has an ORCID, Ole Olsen (Olsen, O) avoids being mixed with Oda Olsen (Olsen, O). ORCID makes it easier for you to change your name, job or institution. Your research is registered on your ORCID regardless of such changes.

Many databases containing scientific literature use ORCID. These databases can be used for calculations your H-index, among other things. That's why it's so useful to have an ORCID, then there will be no questions about whether it is your work that is included in the calculation. All citatations are registered to you and you get the recognition you deserve even if the publishers have not spelled your name the same (Husøy, Husoy, Husoey).

How do I get an ORCID?

You can get your ORCID for free here:

ORCID is a nonprofit organization supported by publishers, universities and granting organizations worldwide.


  1. ORCID has a register of unique identifiers used to connect the researcher and their activity.
  2. ORCID creates APIs that are used to connect various databases and archives.

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