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ORCID (Open Researcher Contributor Identifier) iDs: Home

Understanding what ORCID is, why you should use an ORCID, how to use ORCID, who uses ORCID, how to register for an ORCID, and setting up your ORCID record.


This ORCID information guide is intended to provide UCSB researchers with general information about ORCID, ORCID iDs, and ORCID records. Coverage includes what ORCID iDs are, why you might want to use an ORCID, how to use ORCID, ORCID's interoperability with other scholarly communication systems you may use (within and outside UC), and how to register for and ORCID iD.

This guide is based on the downloadable ORCID 101 For Individuals handout.  However, note that the handout does not include UC specific information.

For local questions or concerns regarding ORCID iDs, please email

ORCID is an independent non-profit organization that provides a persistent identifier - an ORCID iD - that distinguishes you from other researchers. ORCID is also a mechanism for linking your research outputs and activities to your iD. ORCID is integrated into many systems used by publishers, funders, institutions, and other research-related services. ORCID iDs are FREE. You can learn more at

ORCID iD example:  Follow the link to view the corresponding ORCID record.

If you can't remember your ORCID number, you can retrieve it by searching the ORCID registry at

ORCID 101 Video

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