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What is ORCID?

ORCID is an independent organization that maintains a registry of unique identifiers, called ORCID iDs, for researchers and scholars. When you use your ORCID iD in a grant proposal, a publication submission etc., it can be easily associated with you. When you move from one employer to another, the history of your scholarly outputs persists in ORCID with no manual re-work.

Whether you have a common name, a unique name, or have changed names over the course of your life, using your ORCID iD when you publish, apply for grants, or report your activities will help to ensure that you get the credit you deserve for your affiliations and contributions. 

As an individual, ORCID allows you to:

  • Maintain full control over your ORCID record and visibility of your data
  • Distinguish yourself from others
  • Ensure that you are accurately linked with your activities, works, and organizations with which you are affiliated
  • Improve the visibility of your contributions
  • Save time on repetitive data entry for funding, publishing, & research reporting workflows by sending your data directly from ORCID – if the organizations that you are affiliated with have an ORCID integration, you can save even more time by connecting your ORCID iD and allowing them to add updates to your ORCID record for you!
  • Keep track of your affiliated organizations in a free, interoperable platform throughout your career regardless of changes in name, institution, or discipline


To learn more about the ORCID service, see:

Questions about ORCiD at Northwestern

If you have any questions about ORCID at Northwestern, please contact our ORCID support team.