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Distinguish Yourself & Your Research: Get an ORCID

June 21, 2024

Distinguish yourself and your research with an ORCID and connect it to Drexel!

ORCID (which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique numeric identifier that researchers can use to distinguish themselves from other researchers, especially those with similar names. ORCIDs persist through an author’s scholarly career and ensure consistent, reliable attribution of their work. They also make it easier to share data and information between various library, publisher, and funder systems.

In fact, more and more publishers and funding agencies are requiring ORCIDs as part of their publication submission and grant application requirements. For example, the NIH, AHRQ, NSF and the CDC require researchers who apply for federal funding to have an ORCID. All other federal agencies are expected to follow suit by 2025 in order to comply with the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy’s public access memo.

What are the benefits of an ORCID iD?

Having an ORCID helps you:

  • Save time: Your ORCID keeps all your key publication information in one place, saving you time when applying for funding and submitting your work for publication so you can spend more time doing research and less time managing it.
  • Stay connected: ORCID links all your research together. Your ORCID remains with you throughout changes in your career so your research will remain connected to your profile even if you change jobs or change your name.
  • Stand out & get credit for your work: Distinguish yourself from other authors (even those with similar names) and easily associate your identity with all of your research activities and objects, including articles, datasets, media stories, experiments, and patents.
  • Extend the reach of your work: ORCID improves the discoverability of your work. You decide which research activities and objects are publicly available and which you want to stay private.

How do I get an ORCID?

Registering for an ORCID iD is fast, easy, and free. To get started:

  1. Register for an ORCID.
  2. Add your research outputs and add biographical information to your profile.
  3. Use your ORCID when you apply for grants, submit publications, or share your CV.

Drexel University Libraries encourages all University researchers—including graduate students, postdocs, and other early career researchers—to create a free ORCID and then connect it to Drexel.

Contact us for more information or check out our ORCID resource guide.