Answered By: Library Skills Development Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017 Views: 40
The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a system of unique digital identification for researchers. If you're familiar with the DOI system then the basics will be immediately recognisable - please see the ORCID web portal link. ORCID provides a 16-digit numeric identifier to each researcher who signs up (e.g. 0000-0002-1129-8258), and that identifier remains with that individual throughout their career, making them easily trackable despite name changes, job changes, physical relocation, closure of former institutions, and so on. If your name is shared by a lot of researchers (e.g. Jane Smith) and/or usually transliterated (e.g. Zhang Wei) then ORCID is definitely for you.
Northumbria University advocates the ORCID system and recommends it to all academic staff. However, it is not mandatory, and ORCID is not officially associated with Northumbria - it is an entirely independent organisation.
Please visit the University Library’s webpages for more information about ORCID.