What is ORCID®?

The abbreviation ORCID stands for "Open Researcher and Contributor ID". It is an internationally valid code, available free of charge, that gives researchers a digital identity. It enables publications to be uniquely assigned to this identity. The number is platform-independent and accompanies an author throughout his or her career. An ORCID iD consists of 16 digits. ORCID was initiated by the Open Researcher Contributor Identification Initiative, a non-profit organization founded by a worldwide network of research organizations and funders, scientific publishing groups and other members of the scientific and academic community.

Heidelberg University Library, which is responsible for the e-publishing services in arthistoricum.net, is a member of the German consortium ORCID DE.


What are the advantages of using an ORCID iD?

ORCID helps to improve the visibility of your research, provides more networking and saves you a lot of time and work.

An ORCID is free, takes about 30 seconds to create, and lasts longer than an email address. Whether you change your home institution or your name, the ORCID remains the same. An ORCID speeds up the publication process because standard information can be automatically transferred via the ORCID iD.

Your publications are clearly assigned to you and can be found at any time, even if they are not listed in databases such as Web of Science or Scopus.

Furthermore, an ORCID iD ensures that your research results and activities can be assigned to you correctly and automatically. Not only you but especially other scientists and scholars can thus easily gain insight into your research activities.


How can I get an ORCID or an ORCID record?

Registration is voluntary and can be done easily and quickly:

Go to the homepage: www.orcid.org (English interface).
There you will already find a 3-step instruction under the heading "Distinguish yourself in three steps".
In the first step you will receive your ORCID iD by registration. At the same time a profile will be created automatically. Your name and your ORCID will now appear in the profile as basic information. After a few minutes you will receive a confirmation e-mail to the address you provided and you have to click on the link sent to you there in order to complete the registration.
In the second step you can - but you don't have to - complete your profile with further information. Privacy settings exist for all items. So you decide which information is public, which is visible only to a select group of people and which is visible only to yourself. In the left column there is an option to enter previous names (for example, birth name), home country, keywords, links to your website and your email address. In addition, you can generate a QR code that links to your ORCID record. This QR code can be printed and can be used for poster presentations, for example. In the middle column, under "Biography", there is the possibility to enter information about your studies ("Education"), professional career ("Employment"), funding sources of your projects ("Funding") and a list of your publications ("Works").


How do my publications get into my ORCID record?

ORCID offers a variety of data sources to automatically add works to the ORCID record. For example, you can search for your works via BASE, Scopus and Europe PubMed Central. Furthermore, you can search for your own works via an ISSN or DOI. If you want to adopt a publication, you have the choice for each entry to make it private only, for certain institutions or for the public. This way you can flexibly design your profile.