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What is ORCiD?

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"ORCID [Open Researcher and Contributor ID] provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. Find out more."

How do I get an ORCiD?

All you need to do is sign up! Registration takes less than 30 seconds. 


Watch this video for a tutorial on signing up:

But don't stop there! Having an ORCID is a great start - but take a few minutes to fill it in with your funding and publications. It's a very easy process. You can add information about where you work and your education as well if you're so inclined. Talk to a librarian or watch the below video if you'd like more information:

Once you have your ORCID, you may want to link to your UPenn account; this will allow you to sign in using your PennKey and password!

Lost your ORCID credentials? ORCiD staff can help! Learn how by watching this video:

Why Use ORCiD?

5 Reasons for Using ORCID

1. ORCID makes sure that all and only your research is attributed to you and only you. This is good because:

  • Our names are not unique.
  • We may publish under different versions of our name. Sometimes we might publish as J. Doe, other times as John Doe. Still other times as JA Doe or J. A. Doe...the variations go on and on. 
  • Our names may be interpreted differently by different databases and organizations, especially if we don't have names that follow Western European naming standards
  • Our names might change if we get married or stop being married

2.Your ORCID is yours - it doesn't belong to a for-profit company or your institution. You can take it with you wherever you go and whatever you do.

3. It's very easy to register for and populate your ORCID profile. ORCID works with several sources of information so you can pull in a list of your publications and funding with just a few clicks. You can also upload a bibtex file of your works or manually enter information. 

4. Once you've got your ORCID set up, you'll have a nice list of all your publications and funding in one place.

5. Publishers and funding agencies want you to have an ORCID so they can make sure your work is attributed to you (in the former) and see your previous work (in the case of the latter). 

Subject Guide

Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez
Biotech Commons

If you have questions about the policy and how it affects you as an NIH researcher, please contact your subject expert via email ( or by using the Biotech Commons Ask a Question form.