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ORCID – Author identification

What is ORCID?


  • Creates personal identification numbers (ORCID iD).
  • Is a non-profit organisation independent of publishers. Its founding members include research institutions, publishers and funding organisations.

What are the benefits of an ORCID iD?


  • Are free and are allocated independent of published products.
  • Are unique and allow a person to be identified regardless of how common their name is, name changes, umlauts, etc.
  • Are permanent and can still be used after moving to a different institution.
  • Make it easier to show your research achievements to the wider world.
  • Can be used for various forms of publication and media.

How do I create an ORCID iD?

  • Register via Orcid.org (only name and e-mail address required).
  • You can add further information to your profile (optional).
  • You can link your publications with your ORCID iD (optional).

Video tutorial ORCID

How do I use my ORCID iD?

  • When submitting a publication (explanatory video): You can use your ORCID iD when submitting a publication to various publishers. The DataCite and CrossRef data sources should also be authorised in your ORCID profile. The publication will then be added to your ORCID profile automatically.
  • On your own homepage, in your e-mail signature, when submitting applications: Supplying your ORCID iD will make it easier for other people to find your publications. The list of publications on your homepage can be replaced with a link to your ORCID iD.
  • ORCID will link directly to the article page for all publications with DOI. Linking with other identifiers: If you already have a ResearcherID from Web of Science, you can link it with your ORCID iD.

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