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Basics and Benefits

ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID IDs distinguish individuals with common names, and are not affected by name changes, cultural differences in name order, inconsistent abbreviations, or the use of different alphabets. 

How to Register

It is easy and free to register for an ORCID. Visit and create an ORCID for yourself in less than a minute.

Benefits for Researchers

  • Registration for an ID is quick, simple and free
  • ORCID IDs are unique and persistent, identifying each researcher
  • ORCID profiles associate publications, articles, datasets and other outputs with your identifier
  • Publishers, grant funders and associations collect ORCID IDs at submission and integrate your output into your profile
  • ORCID will soon be integrated into the Data 180 annual reporting system, decreasing manual entry
  • Data providers, including CrossRef, Scopus and MLA International Bibliography populate ORCID profiles
  • Researchers control what material is public, private,or available only to trusted parties (privacy policy)

Benefits for Boston College

  • Accurate and current access to the scholarly output of BC researchers 
  • Ability to follow a graduate’s work during his/her career
  • Potential integration of ORCID profile information into other systems