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ORCID & author identifiers: Link your name & your research: ORCID FAQs

ORCID FAQ for Researchers at MIT

What is ORCID?

ORCID is an acronym for Open Researcher & Contributor ID.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a method of linking research-related items, such as articles as datasets, to these identifiers. 

How can I obtain an ORCID now?

Register for an ORCID ID.

Once you have the ID, add your MIT email address, and MIT will automatically link you when ORCIDs are rolled out. You also have the option to build your profile through the “import works” button, associating your papers, data sets, and other research output with your ID. You can then include the ID as a link on your CV or web page.

Already have an ORCID (prior to the MIT rollout)?

You can link your current ORCID with your MIT records by visiting http://orcid.mit.edu and selecting the appropriate action.

Did MIT already make a duplicate ORCID ID for you?

MIT sends multiple emails to researchers before creating an ORCID, but duplicate IDs occasionally occur. You can ask ORCID to eliminate the duplicate ID by:

  1. contacting ORCID support at http://orcid.org/help/contact-us
    • include “duplicate ID” in the subject line
    • in the body of the message include “my primary ID is [EXISTING ID] and the duplicate is [NEW ID]”
  2. then visit http://orcid.mit.edu to link your existing ORCID to your MIT affiliation

Want to opt out of ORCID?

By default, the ORCID record only contains your name and your MIT affiliation, which is already public via the MIT directory. That said, if you wish to opt out of having an ORCID you can do so easily:

  • If an ORCID has not yet been automatically created for you, opt out of ORCID@MIT on the MIT site: http://orcid.mit.edu.
  • If an ORCID has already been created for you, opt out on the ORCID site:
    1. Navigate to https://orcid.org/account
    2. If requested, sign in, and/or create a password
    3. Click the "Close this ORCID record" information link and then the "Close this ORCID record" button
    4. ORCID will send you a verification e-mail -- click on the link it contains to complete the process

What is the purpose and benefit of obtaining a researcher ID through the ORCID system?

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. The goal is to support the creation of a permanent, clear and unambiguous record of scholarly communication by enabling reliable attribution of authors and contributors. The IDs offer a mechanism to distinguish individuals with common names, and are not affected by name changes, cultural differences in name order, inconsistent first-name abbreviations, or the use of different alphabets.

ORCID supports automated linkages between you and your articles and datasets (as well as other research-related items) through integration in manuscript and grant submission workflows. This ensures that your work is clearly associated with you, and recognized.

ORCID identifiers offer a mechanism that could be used to assign credit for scholarly contributions such as data sets, allowing a systematic way for such contributions to be recognized and rewarded.

What will be done with any personal data I enter in order to create my ORCID?

You need share only your name and email address, though other information can optionally be added as well (e.g. educational background, grants, patents, etc.).

You always have the final word over what data is shared. Through the privacy settings, you can make any data except the ID itself private.  Data you mark as private will not be shared with any one (not even MIT). 

ORCID’s privacy policy was initially reviewed by privacy experts, and now has been certified by TRUST-E as compliant with the European Union data protection mandates, which are considerably stronger than US regulations. ORCID’s use of your information is largely limited to providing news about relevant services, and only trusted parties can view the limited access data, if you have approved it for sharing. 

Read the complete ORCID privacy policy.

How can I associate publications with my ORCID?

Most scholarly publishers accept ORCID's during manuscript submissions. If you give publishers permission to do so, they can automatically update your ORCID profile when the submitted article is published.

You may also import publications, patents, grants and other works into your record any time.

You will then be given several options for searching for, importing or uploading publications to your profile.

Where can I learn more?

Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the following sources for this information, from which we drew concepts and, in some cases, wording as well: