ORCiD is an international unique identifier for researchers and scholars, like ISBN is for books. Its abbreviation stands for Open Researcher and Contributor iDentifier. Its interoperability and privacy control enables you to link and share scholarly information with multiple systems and institutions.
ORCiD is non-proprietary, non-commercial, portable for lifetime use, has an open governance, and is transparent. 

Get recognised, associate your contributions with you ORCiD
Regardless of your discipline or place of work, it is critical for your reputation and career that fellow researchers, academic institutions, funders and publishers are able to quickly and unambiguously identify and attribute to your work – and your work only. ORCiD helps you to link your unique identity easily and reliably to your contributions such as datasets, articles, books, media stories, samples, experiments, patents, and notebooks. The VU Research Portal helps you register and exchange your contributions. Read more on ORCiD utilization.


Create your automated linkage to PURE

The University Library encourages you to create or connect your ORCiD to your personal information at the VU Research Portal. Read our instructions on how to connect with VU Research Portal. This option is not yet available for VUmc researchers. More information: https://intranet.vumc.nl/afdelingen/thema/metis/

Improve scientific discovery
The University Library is involved in ORCiD, together with SURF and other Dutch universities, because together we want to improve scientific discovery over time. One way of doing this is by increasing the data quality of bibliographic databases, which are also used in research evaluation and university rankings. Read more on the benefits.

International usage
Major publishers and  funding agencies are using ORCiD since 2012. For researchers, this means that an ORCiD account is required for submitting articles to journals such as the Public Library of Sciences (PLOS). Other large publishers such as Nature, STM, Elsevier and database producers like Scopus and Web of Science require an author ID for submitting manuscripts and articles, and link this to the digital object identifier (doi) of the article or chapter. For this purpose they also accept ORCiD.
In addition, research centres and funding agencies increasingly demand author's IDs from other applicants and accept ORCiD as such. Every researcher or PhD student can register for an ORCiD.

Connect to other systems
ORCiD allows you to link with other identifier systems, including those maintained by funders and publishers, and exchange data freely with those research information systems. Increasingly you will be able to add publications faster and with more accuracy in systems like PURE, which will automatically update your personal pages at the VU Research Portal. Read more on how to automatically add information from other systems.

More information about ORCID and support
•    Contact the University Library
•    ORCiD website
•    Instructions on how to connect with VU Research Portal
•    Basic knowledge on ORCiD (FAQ)