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What are author identifiers?

Author identifiers, such as ORCIDs, give you a way to reliably and unambiguously connect your names(s) with your work throughout your career, including your papers, data, biographical information, etc. This can be helpful in a number of ways:

  • Provides a means to distinguish between you and other authors with identical or similar names.
  • Links together all of your works even if you have used different names over the course of your career.
  • Makes it easy for others (grant funders, other researchers etc.) to find your research output.
  • Ensures that your work is clearly attributed to you.


MIT is integrating ORCIDs into MIT systems and working to associate these researcher identifiers with current scholars at MIT.

A phased approach:

  1. Summer: ORCID IDs will be created for researchers in a pilot DLC.
  2. Late Summer: ORCID IDs will be created for all faculty. 
  3. Academic Year 2015-16: ORCID IDs will be created for all postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and other professional staff.

As the year progresses, the Office of the Provost will provide progress  updates, and will begin to notify individual departments and faculty about their ORCID, and about opportunities to opt out.

For more information see this article in the Faculty Newsletter.


  • ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-prorietary, non-profit community-based registry of research identifiers.
  • Links authors to their datasets and other works in addition to articles.
  • Authors can control what information in their ORCID profile they share. Only the ORCID ID is automatically shared. (See ORCID's privacy policy.)
  • It is easy to import research output from other sources (including ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, and Datacite Metadata Store to your ORCID profile. (See ORCID's import works page.)
  • Many organizations and publishers integrate with ORCID including Nature Publishing Group, Elsevier, and the American Physical Society. See a complete list of integrators.
  • Registration is free, privacy-protected, and quick. Go to ORCID's registration page.
  • For more information, read our ORCID FAQs or Haak, Laurel L. et al. 2012. "ORCID: a system to uniquely identify researchers." Learned Publishing 25(4): 259-64.

Have questions about your ORCID or author IDs?