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ORCID Initiative

Researcher Identifiers at the University of Michigan

The library is a partner in piloting an author identification system known as ORCID (pronounced “orkid”). ORCID is part of a global effort including major academic publishers and funding agencies to better connect researchers to their research output and to each other. 

Researchers need to distinguish themselves from others with the same or similar names -- a researcher’s name often isn’t enough to reliably identify the author of, or contributor to, an article published in a journal or a dataset uploaded to a repository. Further questions about ORCID? Send them to the email listed above.

What is ORCID?

ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. The ORCID initiative focuses on solving the name ambiguity problem by creating persistent unique identifiers and linking mechanisms between different ID schemes and research objects. Learn more about ORCID from our research guide.

How can I get an ORCID identifier?

You can easily create an ORCID iD, or connect it to your U-M profile, with your U-M credentials using the Research Identifier Management System.

What if I already have an ORCID identifier?

If you created an ORCID using a different email address, update your record at orcid.org to add your @umich email. You can associate your ORCID iD with your umich credentials and add your iD to your MCommunity profile using the Research Identifier Management System.

When will I use the ORCID identifier?

When applying for a grant or submitting an article for publication. You can also add it to your web profile, your CV, or any other place you list your research.

Will my ORCID profile (at orcid.org) populate automatically with my research output?

Initially, you can populate your profile with articles in Scopus, Europe PubMed Central, CrossRef Metadata Search, and works already associated with an Thomson Reuters’ ResearcherID. Select from these options under “For Researchers > My ORCID Record” in the “Works” area. Click on “Import Works” to get started. Only articles with a DOI will appear automatically. Other research aggregators such as ProQuest also plan to work with ORCID in the near future.

Can I add articles to make my record complete?

Yes. Your publication list at will grow automatically as more publishers come on board, but you may add to your profile immediately if you wish. Identifying your work with an ORCID may help to make it more visible on the web.

Will Deep Blue include ORCID identifiers?

Yes, Deep Blue has already begun to add ORCIDs to its records. If you send a list of items that should include an ORCID to deepblue@umich.edu, we can update those records.

What kind of information does ORCID have about me?

Per the orcid.org website, “ORCID records hold non-sensitive information such as name, email, organization and research activities. ORCID understands the fundamental need for individuals to control how their data are shared, and provides tools to manage data privacy. We take steps to protect your information, consistent with the principles set forth in our Privacy Policy, which are intended to comply with the Safe Harbor Principles issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce.”      

For each research entry you can choose among three levels of security: public (anyone can see the entry); limited (you choose who can see the entry); private (entry can be seen only by you.)  When the ORCID account is first created, the default security level is public.

Can someone else to claim my research, or can I claim research done by someone else?

Yes. Having an ORCID cannot prevent these problems, but it can make them easier to detect, since, unlike names, your ORCID is unique to you. ORCID is simply a registry of scholarship.  You can clean up your profile by identifying your own research and deleting any entries that are not your work.

Do ORCID profiles support citations in non-Latin scripts?

Yes, non-Latin script character sets with Unicode encoding are supported for display and search of ORCID profiles and the ORCID registry. Such citations may be added to your profile manually, or imported (if the exporting database supports these characters).

What if I leave the University of Michigan?

Your ORCID goes with you. It is not tied to a particular institution.

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Last modified: 08/31/2017