What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent identifier for researchers. An ORCID iD provides you with a single, unique, digital identifier which works across the research landscape.

Why do I need an ORCID iD?

  • To get full credit for your research - your ORCID iD is permanently linked only to you and disambiguates you from other researchers with the same or similar names.
  • Keep track of your work - if you publish prolifically, work on projects where NTU is not the lead institution or you are not the principal investigator, an ORCID iD can help you keep track of outputs you have contributed to.
  • Take your records with you and save time - An ORCID iD will move with you across institutions, ensuring continuity of identity across your academic career. ORCID facilitates interoperability between research information systems, making it easier to transfer records from one to another.
  • Research funders - an ORCID iD is now essential for an increasing number of grant applications (including Welcome Trust and NIHR), and Research Councils UK may well integrate ORCID with their systems in the future.

Further help and support

The ORCID at NTU PDF icon guide provides information on how to get an ORCID iD, the essential ORCID fields that you need to complete, and how to populate your ORCID record with your research outputs and link your iD to other identifiers and your PubSub account.

For more information about ORCID iDs, and how to manage your researcher identity contact the Library Research Team.