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ORCID is a nonproprietary, alphanumerical code system that allows to uniquely identify researchers worldwide. It is designed to resolve problems of homonymy and naming ambiguity.

After creating their personal ORCID, researchers are attributed (for free) a personal webspace, where they can parametrise and share information about their career and work. This information is created by the users themselves, either directly or via an app (such as HAL for example) that needs to be explicitly authorised to do so. In this way, the researchers keep full control and can decide (and change at any moment) which information is publicly visible or shared with only selected users. The information connected with an ORCID account can be used for other systems, for example by applications of the CNRS (HAL, Conditor, Caplab, etc.)

Simplify the work of researchers

By specifying their ORCID, researchers do not have to re-enter all their data into connected applications and webservices: they can link other author IDs (such as the ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, IdHAL, ArXiv, journal IDs, etc.) to their ORCID profile and thus update all simultaneously.

ORCID also simplifies a researcher's daily work, since it is a reliable identifier recognised by all ESR partners (ANR, publishers, HAL, etc.). In fact, ORCID is becoming essential in the scientific process (submission of articles, funding applications, calls for proposals, entry of evaluation data, etc.).

A researcher's entire work at one glance

ORCID provides a complete overview of the entirety of the work of a researcher: articles, data sets, reviews, conference presentations, translations, source codes and software, etc. In fact, ORCID is connected to other data bases such as Web of Science, ArXiv, HAL and even some institutional archives.

This interconnectivity guarantees coherence between different systems: a given reference is cited in the same fashion everywhere.

Create a CV

The creation of an individual (and unique) ORCID automatically also creates a dedicated web page (the ORCID record), where researchers can complete their profile and (if they so choose) add information on various aspects: previous (research) positions, current affiliations, field of interest, grants, links to websites, etc. Researchers have complete control over which fields to complete and can create their profile independently and individually. ORCID even provides the option of automated updates of profils.

Creating an ORCID is free of charge for all researchers (at all levels) and the system is funded by subscribed institutions. All researchers can obtain an ORCID and benefit from the services and functions, even if their institution is not a member.

Getting an ORCID is simple and quick. From the website https://orcid.org/ it can be done in 4 steps:

  • Fill out the subscription form online
  • You will be attributed a unique and personal ORCID number by the system
  • Fill out the associated website ORCID Record
  • Choose the way in which your data (and how much of them) are visible publicly