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Scholarly Communication @ UT

A guide to learn more about scholarly communication, including open access, copyright, and grant funding resources.

What is ORCID?

ORCID logo: Connecting Research and ResearchersORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher.

Do you have a common name? Have published some articles with your middle initial, some with your first initial, and others with your full name? Have you changed your name during your research career?

ORCID solves these problems and distinguishes you as a researcher.


ORCID works like a driver's license number or your Spartan ID#. It is your research fingerprint -- providing a number that uniquely identifies you and your research.

What is ORCID?

Who uses ORCID?

Research organizations, publishers, repositories, professional associations, universities, and funders use ORCID.


Each ORCID ID is a 16 digit identification number.

Distinguish Yourself in 3 Steps

Step 1: Register

Register your ORCID at orcid.org/register! Registration takes 30 seconds. 

Step 2: Add your information

Fill out your ORCID record! Add your professional information, education history, link to other identifiers, and include all your scholarship -- published articles, book chapters, conference posters.

Step 3: Use your ORCID ID

Include your ORCID ID on your website, when you submit publications, and when you apply for grants.

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