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

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.


ORCID at MIT takes a coordinated approach:

For more information about the past 2015 rollout see this article in the Faculty Newsletter.


  • ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-proprietary, 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) to your ORCID profile. 
  • Over 1,000 organizations have become ORCID members, including research institutions, funders, and publishers.
  • 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.


Sign up for an ORCID or link your current one to your MIT account here!

Have questions about your ORCID or author IDs?

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