What is an ORCID and why should every scientist have one?

Tereza Miškechová, the faculty specialist for publication evidence and Open Science, answers these and other questions about author identifiers.

4 Mar 2022

  • What is a scientific identifier?

    Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are unique identifiers that allow a scientist to be uniquely linked to the results of his or her scientific activity.

  • Why is it important to have an established PID?

    Scientific publishing as one of the key activities of a scientist is directly related to the evaluation of science and research, the provision of financial support and the evaluation of grant applications.

    PID facilitates the seamless linking of the author to his/her results in scientific databases, which can often be negatively affected by name matches and different forms of names, surname changes, or misspellings.

  • What is ORCID?

    ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-proprietary persistent researcher identifier created by the non-profit organization ORCID.

    Creating an identifier and managing a profile on the ORCID platform is free. By simply registering on the ORCID website, an author receives a unique identifier and access to his/her profile, where he/she can further manage information about his/her education, employment, publications and other activities and results of his/her scientific activity.

  • Where can I use ORCID?

    It is now standard practice to include the ORCID identifier along with the author's name and affiliation when sending an article to a publisher.

    Scientific identifier data is part of the science and research evaluation system and is increasingly required in grant applications. ORCID should also be used in any other presentation of the scientist.

  • I've set up an ORCID. What should I do next?

    • Record your ORCID in the IS MU application.
    • Keep your profile up to date.
    • Indicate your ORCID in your publications and when presenting your scientific activities.
  • Where can I find more information?

    All necessary information can be found directly on the website ORCID.

    Instructions for creating and using scientific identifiers are available here.

    Or just click on the button below and contact our coordinator, who is happy to help. 

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