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ORCID: Benefits for Researchers

Open Researcher and Contributor ID provides a persistent digital identifier for researchers

Eliminate name ambiguities

One of the big problems for attributing research activities and outputs correctly to a researcher is name ambiguities:

  • A researcher's name can appear as different variants (e.g. David Byrne, D. Byrne, David Walter Byrne, D.W. Byrne ...)
  • Two or more researchers, even in the same institution or school, can have the same name (e.g. D. Byrne in Dublin, D. Byrne in Manchester)
  • Names with diacritics or graphemes are often spelled in different ways (e.g. Jörg Müller, Joerg Mueller, Jorg Muller; M. Sandfær, M. Sandfaer)
  • Names can appear in different writing systems (e.g. Tatiana Vagramenko, Татиана Ваграменко)

By registering and using an ORCID ID you can easily distinguish yourself and assure that your work is attributed only to yourself.

Save time

An ORCID ID can reduce repetitive data entry. As ORCID is becoming increasingly implemented into other systems, the reuse of profile or publication data is being facilitated more easily. 

This can iclude data:

  • for manuscript submissions to publishers who have implemented ORCID (e.g. Nature Publ. Group, Taylor & Francis, Wiley)
  • from and to other ID systems (e.g. ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID)
  • for funding applications to agencies that have implemented ORCID (e.g Wellcome Trust, NIH)
  • used by employers (e.g. Boston University, University College London) or professional associations (e.g. RSC, IEEE, MLA)

You can also add your ORCID details to your UCD RMS profile to help others discover your work:

Comprehensive list of outputs and activities

Unlike other platforms and databases which may only cover a portion of your total output (e.g. Scopus or Web of Science), or only certain types of outputs (e.g. journal articles), you can add all of your publications, works and activities to your ORCID profile to create a comprehensive listing in one place, including outputs like datasets, peer review activities and more.  

ORCID as a hub

By using ORCID's API the system works as a hub to connect many research activties.

Improve discoverability

You need to be able to easily and uniquely associate your identity to research outputs such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks.

By using ORCID you can ensure that all your research activities and outputs are easily discoverable.


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