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.
The letter to faculty from the Provost, University Librarian and Vice President, Information Technology, articulates the value of ORCID IDs for the Boston College community.
It is easy and free to register for an ORCID ID. Visit bc.edu/orcid to register for an ORCID and connect it automatically to your BC ID number. If you already have an ORCID, you can also connect it to your BC ID number there.
Funders, publishers, scholarly societies, fellow researchers and potential collaborators all need to be able to identify your work. Boston College needs to identify and collect comprehensive, accurate information about BC’s scholarly contributions to the world’s knowledge.
Once you have registered for an ORCID you can sign in at orcid.org, build your profile and use it to raise the visibility of your work.
Enter your ORCID when submitting publications and grant applications; the publisher or funder will push information about the article or successful grant to your profile.
Import information about your publications from Scopus, CrossRef and other databases. See our More Information page.
Add the link to your ORCID profile to your webpage, faculty profile, email signature, CV, and other publications and presentations. One click will bring researchers and potential collaborators to your list of works.